ST Mary’s are still in the hunt to claim their fourth Dundas Cup in a row after the first day’s play of their Bendigo Bank HDCA A grade match with St Andrew’s on Saturday.
Knowing that they must win every game they play in for the remainder of the season to realise their goal, the Saints will enter day two with 38 runs on the board, still needing a further 151 to claim the points and fourth place on the ladder with only one round to go.
Of course they do not have it all their way as St Andrew’s claimed two late wickets to remain in the contest after the Drew’s wasted the perfect opportunity to post a huge target on the good batting surface of Melville Oval.
Having won the toss and elected to bat, St Andrew’s’ top order seemed intent on all-out attack as they looked to thrash the Saints bowlers to all parts of the ground.
Brendan Huf and Michael Fitzpatrick took guard in the annual “Pope Shield Match” (which honours the memory of the late Dale Templeton) and they soon had 36 on the board after only nine overs as Huf smashed the ball to the fence with his first nine scoring strokes.
Fitzpatrick was the first to go when Alex Rhook found a way through his defence and knocked over the veteran’s stumps for only seven, but Ian Watt could not add to the score as he, too, was bowled by Rhook only three balls later.
With the score on 45, Huf followed his teammates back to the pavilion as Rhook took his third wicket as he bowled the opener for 37 and the Drew’s had slumped from 0-36 to be 3-45 in the space of 13 balls.
The attacking game plan of the visitors did not end there as Robbie Phillips and Craig Dimond added another 41 runs from the next nine overs before Dimond was caught by Ben Hockey as Tim Meulendyks chimed in to claim a wicket.
Meulendyks was in the middle of a lengthy 13 over spell when he claimed Dimond’s wicket and after only 19 overs, St Andrew’s were 86, but had lost four wickets in an eventful first hour.
The pace of the scoring settled as Tim Goodman joined Phillips and only four runs came from the next five overs as the new batsman gained a sense of the wicket.
The pair added 55 for the fifth wicket before Phillips threw away his wicket as Jason McIntosh grabbed his scalp with a straight ball that bowled the all-rounder for 58.
Goodman had progressed to be 16, but he followed his top order by being dismissed with the score on 6-146 just before the tea break.
Full story in the Spectator on Tuesday, February 18, 2014