St Kilda held their nerve in a tight finish at CitiPower Centre to beat Monash Tigers by 13 runs on Saturday.
Having won the toss, St Kilda were on the recieving end of a threatening spell of bowling from the Tigers. Mitchell Perry, Dom Matarazzo, Marcus Berryman and Will Parker scalped five wickets among them to leave Kilda reeling at 5/59.
However, Laubscher (77) and Michael De lacovo (58) steadied the host’s innings with a 115-run stand before they were eventually bowled out in the 49th over for 220. Matarazzo was the pick of the bowlers with an economic spell coupled with two wickets, while Berryman took three wickets.
Scott Edwards (20), Kyle Viccars (44) and Will Parker (58) provided a decent start to the 221-run chase as the openers – Edwards and Viccars – put on 31. Then Viccars and Parker put together a 53-run stand to consolidate the position.
But Jonathan Merlo’s twin strike – Viccars and Matarazzo – followed by Berryman’s run out put the visitors on the back foot. But Parker stood his ground at one end and was well supported by Jackson Waters (26) and Adam Amin (38).
The required run rate was touching almost 6.50 when Amin arrived at the crease and he rose to the occasion by tonking three boundaries and two sixes. His quickfire innings was cut short with a run out from Merlo and St Kilda wrapped up the innings swiftly from there.
Monash Tigers cruise to a eight-wicket win against St Kilda
Bailey Moon, Zac Sleeman and Tim Goodman starred at Central Reserve North as Monash Tigers defeated St Kilda by a margin of eight wickets on Saturday.
Having been put in to bat, St Kilda were put under pressure by Bailey Moon and Sam Mills, who was extremely frugal (10-2-21-1). While Mills kept things tight from one end, Moon cashed in and sent both openers back to the hut when the score read 20.
Lachlan Holmes and Jack Cunnington rebuilt for the hosts stitching together a 51-run stand. But Jonathan D’Rozario struck on his first ball as Cunnington was dismissed for 24. The situation was worsened by St Kilda’s running between the wickets. The visitors lost four wickets to run outs – failing to string together partnerships – with Yash Pednekar involved in three of them.
Moon finished with three wickets as Tigers restricted St Kilda to 145.
The chase got off to a positive start as Zac Sleeman kept finding the fence at regular intervals. The 59-run opening stand between Sleeman and Pednekar laid the foundation for the home side. Mitchell Davey did provide an opening by castling Sleeman for 39 but Tim Goodman and Pednekar didn’t allow the opposition to capitalise.
Miles Sellenger dismissed Pednekar shortly after drinks for 29. However Goodman (47) and D’Rozario (13) took the side home comfortably.
Match abandoned at at Harry Trott Oval
The 9th round fixture between Monash Tigers and St Kilda was abandoned because of a wet pitch at Harry Trott Oval on Saturday.
St Kilda defeat Tigers by three wickets at Central Reserve South
A four-wicket haul from Xavier McGrath wasn’t enough as St Kilda beat Monash Tigers by three wickets at Central Reserve South on Saturday.
The Tigers got a good start with the bat as Aryan Arora (22), Saad Khattak (46) and Marcus Kane (28) put the home side in a strong position at 3/116. But St Kilda bounced back after that start to bundle out the opposition for 140.
St Kilda started off the chase with a 55-run stand but then lost a few wickets in quick succession courtesy of Xavier McGrath as they slipped to 7/102. But Dixon and Gray kept calm as the visitors completed the win in the 39th over.