ST Andrew’s have defeated arch rivals Grampians in a thrilling contest at Dunkeld to raise up the premiership ladder in the Bendigo Bank HDCA A grade competition.
Both teams needed to win the match if they were to have any chance of reaching the One-Day Shield final, but to do so they needed College to lose to Macarthur.
Score updates flew back and forth between the two venues as the teams kept a close eye on the other game, but as the Macarthur/College game became more and more one sided, the Drew’s and the Pumas knew that they were playing for pride and points towards the premiership.
St Andrew’s were at full strength for the first time this summer, while Grampians would be missing their captain Kane Uebergang and their vice captain Andrew Behncke through injury.
It appears that Behncke will be out for the rest of the season after dislocating his shoulder, but Uebergang should return either next week or the week after.
The first surprise of the day came when Grampians’ stand-in skipper Heinrich Joyce won the toss and elected to send the Drew’s in.
I expect that he wanted to unleash his opening bowlers on the Drew’s after Carl Joyce and Shane Ewing took nine wickets between them the previous week against St Marys.
St Andrew’s is a different team to St Mary’s and the batsmen in the Drew’s line-up are in-form as opposed to the Saints and the wickets did not tumble as they did the previous weekend.
Full story in the Spectator on Tuesday, January 21, 2014