MYRTLEFORD’S Wangaratta and District cricket season hasn’t ended the way they would have liked, suffering a heavy defeat at the hands of Beechworth last weekend.
After Beechworth sent the ball to all parts of the ground on the first week of the two-day clash, posting an imposing total of 370 the Saints didn’t come close to the required target, finishing all out for just 122.
However, things didn’t start badly for the Saints, after losing Lyndon McIlroy in the eighth over of the day Nelum Kumara (40) – who was elevated to the top of the order – and Steve Marotta (31) took the team from 1/17 to 1/87 and the signs looked good.
But the introduction of spinner Josh Newton turned the game on its head.
He bowled Marotta and followed that up with the dismissal of Kumara, before having Corey Sothern, Luke Wentworth and Mick Elliot all out cheaply.
Brad Piazza (18) showed some resistance but the wickets tumbled around him and he was eventually the last man out after stepping back on his stumps to be out hit wicket and Newton’s eighth victim.