Better weekend for St George as brave Matt Hopkins century helps avoid outright loss to Penrith, Twenty20 Cup victory over Greater Illawarra

Brave knock: Matt Hopkins scored a century for Saints. Picture: Chris Lane
Brave knock: Matt Hopkins scored a century for Saints. Picture: Chris Lane

An unbeaten Matt Hopkins century helped St George bravely bounce back from a disastrous day one to avoid outright defeat against Penrith.

Resuming at 5-20 in reply to Penrith’s 5(dec)-420 at Howell Oval on Saturday, Kurtis Patterson returned from Sheffield Shield duty with NSW to make 56 from 109 balls. 

Hopkins also dug in for Saints, scoring 110 not out from 218 deliveries.

St George were eventually bowled out for 241, with Penrith scoring their fourth consecutive victory to start the season.

On Sunday, St George started their Twenty20 Cup campaign with a convincing win over Greater Illawarra.

Saints restricted the hosts to 6-118 at Dalton Park with Tom Engelbrecht, fresh from his 12th man duties for the Prime Minister’s XI last week, taking 3-8 from his four overs.

St George captain Nick Stapleton made 52 to see Saints home by four wickets with four balls to spare.

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