Loss motivates St Patrick’s attack

STILL upset at losing to East Albury last week, St Patrick’s made amends at Xavier Oval on Saturday.

A disciplined bowling display saw the hosts bowl Albury out for 159 and it will resume at 0-22 next week.

Skipper Heath Naughton will now look to his hot and cold batsmen to back up a fine bowling performance on a flat, lifeless Xavier Oval pitch.

“We haven’t gone up any gears with our batting this season,” Naughton said.

“We’ll just look to bat out our 80 overs ... if we stay focused and switched on we should get there comfortably.

“I think everyone was disappointed (at last week’s loss), it hurt them a lot and we needed to lift.”

Youngster Zac Mona, in his first two-day appearance for St Pat’s, claimed 2-8 off seven overs.

The skipper has bowling selection options galore with Wayne Hawking taking six-for in second grade in his return from injury.

“Our bowling group has been fantastic this season,” Naughton said.

“To take wickets (on Saturday) against any opposition is a great effort, they all kept persisting.

“Zac Mona got his opportunity too and took it with both hands.”

Albury opener Joel Morris top-scored with 37 but he, like the rest of his team, was guilty of not converting a start into a bigger score.

The visitors had eight players reach double figures including 27 to Justin Whiting and 18 not out to Michael Booth.

Opening St Patrick’s batsmen Drew Cameron (16) and Grant Ellis (4) will resume on Saturday.