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Round 10 Review vs St Kilda

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The Christmas break is done and the Swans had their sights set on defeating a strong St Kilda line up at Casey Fields.

Yielding a nice green tinge, fiery quick Nathan Lambden was frothing from the mouth when seeing the pitch, but he had to wait his turn as the Swans won the toss and chose to bat first.

Unfortunately, the Swans didn’t get off to a good start, falling to 3/37 with Wells (14), Quirk (18) and Maxwell (4) all going cheaply.

However the fight had just begun, with the in-form Michael Wallace (33) and sweeping specialist Lachie Sperling (60) putting on an 80-run-stand to bring the Swans back to 3/117 before Wallace fell.

Jordan Wyatt continued the resurrection, making a well compiled 58 off 53 balls, helping the Swans push their final score to a respectable 235.

Enter Nathan Lambden.

The quick was raring to go, and he did not disappoint.

Lambden struck early with the wicket of Michael De Iacovo and Lachie Holmes to have the Saints struggling at 2/3.

Josh Manning and Damon Egan steadied for the Saints putting on 97 before Jackson Fry got the breakthrough.

From then on, the Swans kept the pressure on the Saints, taking regular wickets bowling St Kilda out for 213, snaring a 22-run win.

Lambden finished with 4/47 with Fry and Lachie Sperling both taking 2 wickets each.

With the win, the Swans lifted to seventh spot on the ladder, with some tough matches to come.

In the Seconds, it wasn’t a great day for the Swans, as they went down to St Kilda after posting 170, with the Saints chasing it down in the 44th over.

In the Thirds, Captain Mat Pearson delivered his second win for the club, with some strong performances from some young guns with the ball.

After being sent into bat by St Kilda, Jacob Long produced a solid 75 and some good hitting at the end by Connor Phillips (36) brought the Swans total to an imposing 217.

In came the future of the club, two bean poles and a kid with potentially the deadliest slower ball in the 3rd XI competition.

Harry Atkins kicked the innings off with an early wicket with Corey Fraser and Evan Allaway ripping through the Saints batting lineup.

Allaway finished with four wickets and Fraser with two to restrict the Saints to 150, winning by 67 runs.

In the fourths, it was a dismal day, with the youngsters bowled out for 80 and the Saints chasing it down in the 24th over.

It was a solid day for the Swans, bringing home two wins out of four and looking to carry some momentum into next weeks final one-day game against Northcote.

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