Win over Hoppers ‘a confidence boost’

A LETHAL Lavington bowling attack has helped inflict North Albury’s second defeat in as many weeks.

Up against quicks Brendan Klein-Boonschate and Liam Scammell on their home pitch, the Hoppers could manage just 129 in reply to the Panthers 266.

Klein-Boonschate and Scammell finished with two scalps each as did Cameron McCormack and Jay Banks.

Victorious skipper James Tonkin said it had been great to see his team share the wickets around.

“In the end it was a pretty comfortable win and a confidence-boosting one, too,” Tonkin said.

“Liam brought back his rep form and Brendan bowled well, too.”

In his second game for the year Jay Banks was another Panthers bowler to have a big influence.

He came on in the middle overs and picked up the wickets of Greg Daniel and Clint Gilson.

Tonkin said the win against the second-placed Hoppers was proof his team could create something special this year.

“We’re definitely hoping to go deep into finals but you can’t win a final at this stage of the year,” he said.

In Tallangatta, Belvoir was bowled out for just 103 in reply to the Bushrangers’ mammoth first innings total of 367.

The visitors’ second innings finished at 5-165.

And St Patrick’s had a a four-wicket win against Albury at Xavier Oval.

The host was in trouble at 6-104 in reply to Albury’s 159 but a partnership between Matt Crawshaw (37) and Braedon Hensel (45) helped the team over the line.