EAST Albury made the most of favourable conditions to seize the initiative in their top of the table clash against St Patrick’s at Alexandra Park on Saturday.
After winning the toss and bowling, the Crows’ pacemen extracted plenty of life from the wicket and restricted the Patties to 203.
Opening bowler Cameron White took his season tally to 43 by grabbing 3-51 off 17.4 overs, while Chris Bridle was also dangerous with 2-28.
St Patrick’s skipper Heath Naughton conceded it was hard work but was relatively pleased at stumps.
“There was a fair bit in the pitch and I thought we didn’t do too badly to put 200 on the board,” Naughton said.
“It was a pretty good effort.
“We had to work hard for the runs.”
St Patrick’s Braedon Hensel was outstanding with 47 while Kane Arendarcikas chipped in with 34 opening the batting and James Ellis made 22.
The Crows will resume at 0-11.
Lavington made 9-260 against Tallangatta at Wilson Oval.
With play starting 41 minutes late and the game being cut to 73 overs each, the Panthers made a bright start at 0-28 before losing 3-5 to slump to 3-33.
It could have been worse as Nathan Brown was dropped on nought at slip off Steve Wood.
But captain Sam Harris came to the rescue with a patient 61, Jay Banks was at his blazing best with 54 off 40 balls and Brayden Mulvey continued his excellent year with 40 not out.
The Panthers will face another four overs before Tallangatta starts its chase.
New City and Wodonga Raiders will play a one-day match next weekend after play was abandoned due to wet run-ups at Urana Road Oval.