Blake Macdonald century sees St George home against Sydney

Blake Macdonald’s second century of the season has helped St George to an impressive eight-wicket win over Sydney.

The win sees Saints climb to 12th, five points outside the top six.

St George were looking to make it two wins in a row at Hurstville Oval in the two-day, Saturday-Sunday round 10 fixture.

Sydney captain Nick Bills won the toss and elected to bat and the visitors made a strong start, making 86 for the first wicket.

But Tom Engelbrecht was to break the partnership, dismissing Liam Scott (51).

Engelbrecht was the star with the ball for Saints, taking 4-66 to help restrict Sydney to 258 before they were bowled out.

St George skipper Trent Copeland and Peter Francis were also in the wickets, taking identical figures of 2-50.

In reply, Macdonald ensured Saints would have enough in their run chase with his patient innings.

Batting at No.3, Macdonald joined with Matt Hopkins (73) in a 156-run stand for the second wicket.

Macdonald remained unbeaten on 141 as St George passed Sydney’s total for the loss of just two wickets.

Macdonald faced 226 balls in his innings, hitting 19 boundaries. It was his second ton of the season after his hundred on the opening day against Randwick-Petersham.

Nick Stapleton finished 32 not out.

St George will look to make it three wins in a row when they travel to Chatswood Oval to face Gordon in their one-day Australia Day clash on Saturday.

Play starts at 10am.

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