Saint’s starring role lifts team to second

Birregurra co-captain James Rowan, pictured centre, took five wickets and posted a half-century in the Saints’ big victory.

A half-century and five wickets from leader Jimmy Rowan has catapulted Birregurra to second on the ladder in Colac district cricket.

The Saints produced their best performance of the season to stun an in-form Colac West outfit on its home turf on Saturday.

Birregurra dismantled West or just 79 from 32 overs, with Rowan leading the charge with the new ball.

The Saints co-captain then backed up his milestone bowling performance with the bat, surpassing 50 runs to guide his side past West’s total after the loss of just one wicket.

Rowan said his bowlers worked in partnerships to deny West’s batsmen a chance to continue on from their impressive knock with the bat a week earlier when the side made 209 against Colac.

Jack Parker just missed out on a five-wicket haul when Leighton Hart claimed West’s final wicket, while Rowan said Tim Brain was a key alongside him with the new ball.

“We bowled in good partnerships, Brainy and I started off pretty well and took the first five wickets,” Rowan said.

“We nearly had two guys take five wickets in the one game, Jack took four wickets but Leighton took their last wicket, but those two bowled really well together.”

Rowan said he was also pleased his side registered a solid total with the bat, 6-153, with his cricketers spending much-needed time at the crease.

Saturday’s win ensured the Saints leapfrogged West and Colac, which lost its contest with City United, to move to second on the ladder.

“It was really pleasing to get back on the winners’ board after the washout last week,” he said.

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