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Geelong beat South East to win the Saxon Shield.

Geelong batted first on a difficult surface and after loosing the early wickets of Ty Watts (12) and David Roach (6) the ever reliable Paul Evans (41ret) was able to grind out a match high partnership of 68 with Grant Dew (13) to get the innings back on track. Cameos from Darren Hill (13), Rod Kiddle (14) and Craig Gislingham (25) allowed Geelong to post 8/155cc which many at the time thought might be 20 or 30 runs short?? Wickets for South East were shared with Andrew Wyver (3/32), Richard Saniga (2/31) and David Wright (2/20) being the best of the bowlers.

South East, like Geelong, lost wickets early with Paul Whybird (0), Andrew Bethune (4) and John Hammond (4) all back in the shed at 3/13. Alan Jones (11) and Andrew Sharp (10) then tried to steady the innings but found the surface and the bowling of Terry Beks and Michael Rantall very difficult to score from. Batsman, in an attempt to increase the scoring rate, came and went and a cameo from Rohan Pike (20) was not enough and they were eventually

bowled out in the 31st over for 75. Best of the Geelong bowlers were Beks (3/13), Slow (3/15), Rantall (2/12) and Dew (2/14).


Player of the Match was Paul Evans.

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