THE late Dale “Pope” Templeton would have looked down from above and be very proud of the efforts of the two clubs that he helped mentor in the Bendigo Bank HDCA A grade, as St Mary’s and St Andrew’s staged another thrilling match in their long history.
With St Mary’s needing to post a further 151 runs and St Andrew’s needing another eight wickets at the start of the day, the two teams put on a display of cricket that many believe to be the match of the season to date.
Starting the day at 2-38 with two night watchmen at the crease, St Mary’s had another problem to deal with other than that posed by the Drew’s.
Their skipper, Michael Ross, was badly injured in a farm accident that meant he could not bat in his regular spot in the line-up.
Alex Rhook and Matt Nield resumed the second day for the Saints as St Andrew’s opened with their quickest bowler, Tim Goodman, and their most economical, Josh Evans.
Nield did not last long as he was caught behind by ‘keeper Mike Fitzpatrick for only seven as Goodman gained the early wicket that his team needed.
Brendan Lang joined Rhook and they took the score to 59 before Lang (10) was bowled by Evans and at 4-59 the Drew’s were well on top.
Full story in The Spectator on Tuesday, February 25, 2014.