ST PATRICK’S coach Mark Butters turned in another brilliant performance to steer the Patties to a 68-run victory against minor premier East Albury at Alexandra Park on Saturday.
Defending only 203 runs, Butters picked up 6-32 off 19.3 overs to bundle the home team out for 135 and claim CAW’s bowling aggregate.
Butters finished the home and away series with 44 scalps — one more than Crow paceman Cameron White.
Patties’ skipper Heath Naughton said it was a pleasing way to head into the finals.
“Mark Butters bowled well again, but I thought all of the boys did a job for us,” Naughton said.
“We are fairly consistent all day.
“East Albury’s young blokes bat a fair way down the order and we kept at it and got the reward.
“It’s a new season now and we can go into the finals in pretty good shape.”
East Albury lost in-form Hayden Coulson early for five to the dangerous Cameron Furze and the floodgates opened with James McNeil (28) and Dominic Wild (34) providing the only resistance.
The visitors were 1-54 at stumps.
New City import Will Brown hammered a century to lead the Phoenix to a thumping 98-run win against Wodonga Raiders at Urana Road Oval.
Brown’s 117 enabled the home team to reach 6-247 — a target that was never threatened after star Raiders’ batsman Kori Stevenson fell for a duck to young spinner Callum Langlands.
Tim Weilandt top-scored with 52 not out as the visitors replied with 149.
Wodonga’s James Tonkin proved an unlikely hero in the Bulldogs’ comfortable win over North Albury at Bunton Park.
Tonkin grabbed 6-49 off 18.3 overs to blunt the momentum by Hopper pair Ash Borella (94) and Brendan Simmons (38).
Borella’s knock took his season tally to 506 and follows up his 2012-13 season when he topped CAW’s aggregate with 578 runs.