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Berrigan premier side struggle to record a win

Berrigan’s premier division cricket side suffered a crushing away loss to Katamatite on Saturday.

November 22, 2012 4:07am

Berrigan bat Josh Bozzola watches as he loses his wicket on Saturday after being bowled.

In a game which Berrigan thought they had a chance of winning, the Saints were simply outplayed by the home team.

Berrigan won the toss and batted first and Katamatite struck early, sending three batsmen back to the pavilion with only 24 runs on the board.

A 56-run partnership between Joe Karakai (71) and James Larter (13) got the score up to 80, but only Stephan Parr (12) could get into double figures from the next six batsmen.

After 36 overs, Berrigan were all out for 147 with Karakai a clear standout in the batting lineup - his innings included 10 boundaries and was made off 89 deliveries.

The Berrigan bowlers then could not take the important breakthroughs needed and Katamatite cruised to victory, only losing two wickets and passing Berrigan’s score in the 29th over.

The Saints play CYU at Cobram’s Scott Oval this Sunday.

Berrigan’s division two team also had a loss, going down to Nathalia 2 at Berrigan on Saturday.

Batting first, Berrigan made 111 with new player Vidura ‘Panda’ Gunaratne top-scoring with 37.

The only other two batsmen to make doubles figures were Anthony Holmes (18) and Jinish Joseph (11).

Nathalia 2 then chased the runs down in the 27th over after losing just four wickets.

Andrew Cleve was the best of the bowlers taking 3-22 off his seven overs, while Panda was the other wicket taker. Berrigan now have a week off before playing Barooga 1 at Barooga on Saturday, December 1.

The under-14 Saints have had another close win when they defeated Cobram by 16 runs on Saturday morning.

Berrigan had made 116 runs last week and were able to keep Cobram to 9/100 off there 42 overs.

Zeke Carruthers was the best of the bowlers taking 3-13 off his five overs as Kyle McQualter, Luke Pyle, James Morrow and Sam Morrow all snared one wicket each.

The whole team bowled great lines and lengths and made it hard for Cobram to score.

In the 42 overs, the team only bowled nine wides, which is a great effort. The Saints now play top team Nathalia at Nathalia over the next two Saturday mornings.

A similar results in the under-12s saw Berrigan get up over Katamatite in unfamiliar territory on Saturday morning.

Berrigan made 126 runs with Riley Dempster top scoring with 24 runs and Riley Rennick (21) also performing solidly.

The young Saints then kept Katamatite to 102 runs with Riley Rennick and Jacob Glanvil both taking two wickets.

The under-12s have the week off before playing Tocumwal at Berrigan on December 1.

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