Bergman turns it on
Monday, 22nd October, 2018
By Tyler Hannigan
A keeping and batting masterclass by veteran Bill Bergman led his new side North to a dominant eight-wicket win over Central in their opening round clash.
North took to the field in their new, fully coloured kits that looked terrific. In this writer’s opinion, all clubs should work towards coloured shirts and pants and the league should look at using white balls.
With both sides without key players - Tobias Hack and Codie Howard for North, Jarred Paull and Jon Carrett for Central - others needed to stand up and it was the Bulldogs who did just that.
The Magpies batted first on a cool day at the Jubilee Oval and were in deep trouble as North’s seamers found their range early.
Riley Elvery (0), David Smith (1) and Damon Pettitt (0) all failed to get going while Clint Jones (5) and Tristen Smith (14) fell shortly after. When new skipper David O’Mally (4) was undone by some superb wicket keeping from Bergman Central were wallowing at 6-31.
They desperately needed a steadying partnership and got one thanks to a 25-run stand between Adam Rhodes and Michael Maalste.
Maalste was eventually dismissed for 16 but Rhodes was able to kick on, playing his shots and clearing the boundary on multiple occasions on his way to 45 before he became Josh Savage’s third victim.
Jay Carapelotti (13 not out) hit some late boundaries as Central crossed the 100-run mark and eventually finished on a below-par, but still competitive, 9-108 off their 20 overs.
Savage took some stick but picked up three wickets while McEvoy was brilliant as he bowled three maidens and took two wickets for just one run from his allotted four overs.
Despite the small total, Central would have still been confident of picking up the win especially against a North side missing their two best batsmen in Hack and Howard.
The Magpies needed early wickets but North openers Bergman and Matt Letcher were having none of that as they piled on the runs.
Bergman turned back the clock, belting the ball to all parts on his way to 45 from just 29 deliveries including nine boundaries. He and Letcher put on 80 runs for the first wicket before Bergman was eventually caught behind.
That partnership all but sealed the result for North and even when Letcher was run out for a well-made 27 there was no stumbling.
Dutch international Dan ter Braak, who looked assured in his unbeaten 17 from 14 balls, and skipper Jordan Vella (five not out) reeled in the target with nearly four overs to spare.
Carapelotti was the only wicket-taker as he finished with 1-22 from four overs. O’Mally and Maalste also tried hard but the North batsmen were too strong on Saturday.
North will be mightily pleased with such a dominant win without two of their best players. Bergman showed that he can still contribute at A Grade level, McEvoy and Savage were great with the ball and ter Braak looks a class above especially with the bat.
Central will be desperate to get back Paull and Carrett to bolster both the batting and bowling when they take on South next Sunday.
North 2 for 109 (Bergman 45, Letcher 27, ter Braak 17*) def
Central (Rhodes 45, Maalste 16; Savage 3-41, McEvoy 2-1, ter Braak 2-12) by eight wickets