ST MARY’S’ hopes of winning the Dundas Cup for four seasons in a row remain intact after the Saints overcame a determined Hamilton at Dahl Turf and claimed the final place available in the top four of the Bendigo Bank HDCA A Grade competition.
Starting the day with nine wickets in hand and still needing to hunt down the Hamilton target of 153, the Saints lost their nightwatchman in Matt Nield for eight, as Anthony Read struck in the first over of the day as Robbie Cook held onto the chance.
Jace Hollard (5) could offer only little resistance as Josh Nield chimed in bowl the batsman with the scoreboard showing only 32.
Ben Hocking joined Ali Ross, and the pair added 43 for the fourth wicket at a run-a-ball pace as the bat dominated the ball, but Ross could only watch from the non-strikers end as firstly Hocking (14), then Jon Manson (0) and Michael Ross (0) all came and went within four runs of each other, as Read spun his magic on the match by grabbing 3-4 in only nine balls to put the Saints into a pressure situation after only 14 overs of the days play.
Full story in The Spectator on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.