St Patrick's revenge
CAPTAIN Lachlan Lanskey led St Patrick’s to victory over Norville at Kendalls Flat, putting the icing on an unbeaten season in the Bundaberg and District Primary Schools Sport open cricket.
Victory was sweet for St Patrick’s after many of their players had also been part of the team that lost to Norville in the Rugby League Development Cup decider earlier in the year.
Norville and St Patrick’s have dominated the competition in the past five years and after having shared the trophy last year due to a wash-out of the final, the match was played in glorious conditions across two afternoons.
At the half-way point of Friday’s game, Norville had reached 2-70 from 15 overs, while St Patrick’s were 3-86 from 13 overs.
On day two, Wide Bay representative Baidon Cooper did not return to add to his 26 runs for Norville, and they suffered a dramatic collapse of 8-14 in the face of some excellent bowling and fielding, to be beaten even before St Patrick’s returned to the crease.
Michael Delaney was the star with the ball, claiming 4-13, while Lachlan Trace removed another danger man Danyon Lister (18) in his 2-5, Luke Smith wrapped up the innings with 2-0 from three balls, Blake Santalucia picked up the big scalp of another Wide Bay player Matt Gauld, and Mitchell Aslett also grabbed a wicket, as well as taking two sharp catches and effecting a run-out.
Lanskey, a Wide Bay cricket and rugby league representative, anchored the innings with 25, while first drop Delaney scored an invaluable 16 and Matt Aplin chipped in with 18 as they took control at the end of a big first day’s play at Kendalls Flat.
Aplin was unable to add to his day one score, but with Trace hitting out for 24 before retiring, and Ned Freeman and Brennan Dempsey also retiring for 14 and 12 respectively, St Patrick’s finished at 7-157 from 25 overs.
Norville had been in with a chance early in the innings after St Pat’s other Wide Bay star Hayden Herbert was brilliantly caught by keeper Gauld off the bowling of opener Matt Jefferson.
However dropped catches ultimately proved costly.
Jack Kleidon was Norville’s most successful bowler in the final, taking 3-18.