ST Andrew’s have won their second one-day title in six days when their C grade team fought back in blistering heat to overhaul a game College in the one-day final on Sunday.
On a day where even lizards were ‘slip, slop, slapping’ to protect themselves from the 43 degree heat, the two leading teams in C grade met at KFC Oval after already having battled the heat in the start of a two-day game the day before, prompting many measures to try and keep players fresh and rehydrated.
The big guns were there for both teams with the title on the line and College batted first, with John McIntosh and Kim Fielke taking strike.
The outfield was as quick as a roller skating rink and Fielke was happy to try and take on Drews captain Craig Kenny and Aaron Woods in the early overs.
Kenny struck first, though, removing McIntosh for just two when Heath Pither pounced on a slightly lofted drive, but despite the accurate bowling, any shot which made it past the fielders generally went all the way to the fence, and the Eagles were going along well at four an over until Fielke’s luck ran out on 33, when he sent a ball very skyward, but only about 10 metres in length, and Nathan Caruana dashed in to take the caught and bowled chance.
Full story in The Spectator on Tuesday, February 4, 2014.