LAVINGTON quick Ryan Brown confirmed his status as one of CAW’s rising stars by demolishing New City in their crucial clash at Urana Road Oval on Saturday.
The Riverina representative ran through the Phoenix’s top order and tail to grab 5-38 off 21 overs and help bundle the home team out for 154.
The Panthers will resume at 1-19.
Lavington coach Robbie Mackinlay said Brown and off-spinner Michael Galvin were outstanding.
“Behind Mark Butters I think Ryan’s the second best pace bowler in the comp and has been for the past two years,” Mackinlay said.
“He’s underrated in a few circles but certainly not at Lavington.
“Michael Galvin taken his game to another level as well and the ball is really in our court now.
“It was probably our worst catching for the year but our bowling and concentration was outstanding.
“We lost a late wicket but we have put ourselves in a good position.”
Brown claimed the early scalps of Steve Jolliffe and Will Brown before Jayden Wright had New City captain Mitch O’Brien caught for a duck.
The Phoenix could have been in even bigger trouble had John Pratt not been dropped twice.
Pratt held the innings together with 72 with Jack Thomas (20) and Steve McLennan (32 not out) helping add respectability to the scoreline.
Lavington has its best batsmen, Sam Harris (17 not out) and Andrew Taylor (0 not out), at the crease.
Wodonga skipper Robbie Jackson continued his run splurge as the Bulldogs’ made 7-248 declared against Wodonga Raiders.
Jackson made 120 with support coming from James Tonkin (60).
The Raiders will resume at 2-44.