OVER TO YOU, WODONGA
Can any team handle Lavington’s attack?
The Panthers are conceding just 118 runs per match.
It’s hard to remember a better attack than ex-New Zealand international Daryl Tuffey, Riverina quick Ryan Brown, his sibling and CAW star Nathan, while former NSW Country paceman Brett Davies is injured.
It’s the ‘Fab Four’, but Wodonga will love the chance to take them down.
Just on Ryan Brown, he missed the North game with representative commitments.
Riverina finished third in the four-team NSW Country Southern pool in Kiama.
The team defeated Illawarra, with Wagga’s Jono Nicoll the star, racking up three half-centuries.
Brown, St Patrick’s Jarryd Hatton and Wodonga’s Jack Craig had their moments with the ball.
If East Albury is to play finals, it will need its ‘big two’ with the bat in Will McIntosh and Dom Blampied to fire.
The pair produced too in the win over Wodonga Raiders, hitting half-centuries.
It ended a frustrating run for former Melbourne University second-grader McIntosh after scores of 34, 22 and 26.
“Yeah definitely, I was just finding ways to get out once I’d got a start, it was good to convert a little more,” he said.
Lavington’s Matt Tom fell just one run short of his maiden senior ton against North.
“No, I didn’t know (I was on 99),” he said.
“I was a bit in the zone really and I didn’t notice they brought all the field up, I thought I was on about 85.”
The 19-year old admits if it happens again, he’d prefer to know his score.
Albury coach Alex Popko’s already strong reputation took another step on Saturday.
“Nathan Thompson was given out down the leg-side, but he didn’t hit it, it wasn’t near his bat and Alex Popko called him back,” Tallangatta coach Matt Armstrong said.
“That’s a good bit of sportsmanship that I haven’t witnessed since I’ve been here.”