Saints too good for young side

MYRTLEFORD has continued good form by defeating Rovers United at McNamara Reserve on Saturday.

After toppling reigning premiers Bruck last week, the Saints’ bowling attack was too much for a young Rovers team.

Saints captain Hayden Murray paid tribute to his opening batsman Geoff Sundstrom, who made a handy contribution to his team’s total, scoring 90 before being trapped by Callum Nankervis.

“Geoff played really well,” Murray said. “He goes after it a bit, he’s a real hitter.”

“But Brad Piazza got 30-odd, I got 30-odd, so it was a proper team effort where everyone chimed in,” Murray said.

The Saints’ blistering pace attack was too much for Rovers, with the Wangaratta side quickly losing three wickets for two runs.

Nelhm Peishantha, who was making his return for Myrtleford this season, was the pick of the bowlers taking 4-10.

“Nelhm sends them down pretty rapid — he likes to skid them through,” Murray said.

“I think he took about 50 wickets last year, so he’s handy to have.”

Rovers could manage only a little resistance to the onslaught, with Rodney Jackson and Adrian Speziale putting on a 56-run partnership for the sixth wicket.

However, when Vitaly Leschen and Kane Stevens combined to dismiss both of them within minutes of each other, the writing was on the wall for the Rovers.

Myrtleford went on to quickly bowl out the tailenders to see them all out for 95 runs.

The Saints will play Beechworth in a Twenty20 match next Saturday.

“Twenty20 is a funny kind of game, it can really go either way,” Murray said.

“We’re in some reasonable nick, so there’s no reason why we can’t carry that on.

“Our bowling is really good at the moment and we’ve still got our opening bowler Ben Paul to come back in.

Elsewhere, Rutherglen United ended its four-game losing streak with a win against Beechworth Wanderers, while ladder leaders Yarrawonga Mulwala and Bruck both maintained their undefeated runs in the one day competition.

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