North Albury medium-pacer Tom Simmons has claimed a rare five-wicket haul in Cricket Albury-Wodonga’s opening T20 round.
Simmons snared 5-7 off 3.3 overs in ripping through St Patrick’s for only 72.
“He just bowled nice and straight,” North coach Brendan Simmons said.
“The whole bowling attack bowled nice tight lines.”
“It wasn’t the usual Xavier track, it was slow, but all the wickets are after the rain,” St Patrick’s captain Kane Arendarcikas said.
“But that had nothing to do with our performance, we lost a few wickets early and were chasing tail from there.”
Craig Taylor continued his fine start from day one, top-scoring again after hitting 49 in the five-wicket win over Wodonga.
Former association star Greg Daniel returned to the association with 3-23 against Wodonga, Robbie Jackson posting 39.
Tallangatta is also undefeated.
The Bushies posted 131 against Belvoir, Dilhara Lokuhettige blasting three sixes in almost reaching a half-century.
“He looked pretty classy, with some big hitting,” Belvoir’s Drew Cameron said.
Belvoir’s chase fell 12 runs short, Josh Warren with 38, while Matt Armstrong snared three scalps.
Tallangatta’s Nathan Thompson had been outstanding on the opening day, with an unbeaten 73 against Albury.
“We lost two early wickets, but Nathan and our captain Matt Armstrong then batted really well,” Lokuhettige said.
Albury’s Kade Brown posted 57, but the Bushies cruised to a seven-wicket win.
Albury bounced back though to split its matches for the weekend.
Nick Morris top-scored with 40 in a total of 124.
East Albury was restricted to 8-95, with Dave Tassell snaring 3-14.
“We looked like we might get 150 there at one stage, but lost a few wickets,” Albury’s Alex Popko said.
On Saturday, St Patrick’s Matt Crawshaw top-scored with 77.
The Patties posted 137, Lavington’s Chris Galvin with two wickets.
“We bowled really well, with only one wide for the innings,” Lavington coach Robbie Mackinlay said.
“We missed a few run-outs though, but that can happen in T20.
“And our recruit Brett Davies was the pick of the attack, he bowled nice and straight, while Matt Crawshaw made his runs off about 67 balls.”
The Panthers made a strong start, but when the Patties were able to bowl 15 balls for only 2 runs around the 5-6 over mark, the home team fell behind.
“They slowed us down, and then Jarryd Hatton bowled really well, while Matt Crawshaw made his runs off about 67 balls,” Mackinlay said.
Galvin was his team’s best, scoring 66 off a similar amount of balls.
Elsewhere, East Albury defeated Wodonga Raiders.
The Crows finished with 113, with Caleb Barras hitting 27 in the low-scoring match.
The visitors then ripped through Raiders for 95.
It was a tough start for New City on the road, although Nick Baird chipped in with four wickets.
“We would take 109 any day,” New City’s Raj Dohal said.
However, the home restricted the Phoenix to just 7-70.
The first one-day matches will be held this Saturday.