ST PATRICK’S paceman Mark Butters grabbed his second five-wicket haul of the CAW season to steer the Patties to a 51-run victory against Tallangatta at Rowen Park.
Only a fortnight after routing Lavington, Butters again proved the matchwinner with 5-62 off 28 overs to keep Heath Naughton’s line-up firmly in the top four.
Tallangatta went into the clash without No.1 batsman Andrew Lade due to family commitments and it was left to veteran opener Steve Wood to carry the load.
Despite needing a runner after injuring his groin early, Wood made 88 and the Bushies were in contention until he fell with the score on 191.
Captain Matt Armstrong made 41 and James Weighell 35 before he was unlucky to be given out off the bowling of Kane Arendarcikas.
Naughton paid tribute to his bowlers.
“Mark Butters has a really big tank and he just kept charging in,” Naughton said.
“All of our bowlers did a top job for the 80 overs.
“They were disciplined and kept things together really well.”
Lavington overcame a century from Belvoir’s Nat Sariman to post a 92-run win at Kelly Park.
Set 281, the Eagles lost David Dinneen early and Sariman was forced to play a lone hand with only Brad Freake (26) and Cameron Lodding (24) offering support.