THE race for the fourth place in the Bendigo Bank HDCA A grade finals will go down to the wire as both St Mary’s and St Andrew’s are in tight matches after the first day of the last round of home-and-away matches for 2013/14.
The match of the round has third placed Macarthur setting the pace of the match against current fourth placed St Andrew’s at Young Oval after the Demons amassed 227 on day one.
This is the best score Macarthur has made on a turf wicket this summer and the team is hitting form with the bat at the right time of the year with finals to begin in two weeks.
Winning the toss and electing to bowl first was the first surprise that Damien Logan would spring as the St Andrew’s captain normally bats no matter what the situation, but Macarthur opening batsmen Michael Brilley and Brady Purcell began slowly against the opening attack of Tim Goodman and Josh Evans.
The score had crawled to only 11 from the first seven overs when Purcell was caught and bowled by Goodman for only four.
That was to be the only success that the bowlers would have for nearly 33 overs as Brilley and Charlie Nield came together and played well against some very economical bowling from the Drew’s.
The bowlers kept the run rate in check by delivering a stump-to-stump line and by keeping the ball pitched up and not allowing the batsmen to free their arms and hit the ball.
Full story in The Spectator on Tuesday, March 4, 2014.