Experienced Vets eclipse Pirates in cricket thriller

ST GEORGE Vets edged out Hunters Hill Pirates cricket team in a hard-fought City & Suburban Cricket clash last weekend.

ST GEORGE Vets edged out Hunters Hill Pirates cricket team in a hard-fought City & Suburban Cricket clash last weekend.

The much-anticipated fixture saw the classic “which side of the Bridge are you from” rivalry, with the Pirates pitted against long-time rivals St George Vets. Both teams are evenly matched so it’s always a great game.

Andrew Hobden won the toss for Hunters Hill and elected to bat first and an opening stand of 106 on a green pitch juiced up by steamy conditions from recent rain was encouraging.

Joel Brooks (69) was first to fall and his partner Ash Emmanuel followed soon after as he tried to ramp up the score – run out for a stylish 35.

A few quick cameos by Rodney Bourgonjen and Aaron Williams and then the ship was steadied with Marco Angelini (17) and Alex Miller (18) batting out the innings and taking the Hillies to a competitive tally of 5-157.

St George lost their first wicket in the third over and after 12 overs were 1-27 due to the accurate bowling of pace duo Manish Misra and Imran Ali.

Hobden grabbed two scalps and Alex Miller bowled tightly as the visitors progressed to 3-70 after 20 overs. More wickets were needed and James Woods and Williams managed to snag another two but at a price – runs. Despite some brilliant fielding and ball chasing, the wily Vets managed to scramble to victory in the final over.