Lavington's pace attack labelled best of past 25 years

Nathan Brown is Lavington's leading wicket-taker with 29 at 13.7.
Nathan Brown is Lavington's leading wicket-taker with 29 at 13.7.

Lavington’s star-studded pace attack has been labelled the best of the past 25 years.

New City veteran Steve McLennan has rated it above the awesome North Albury of the 90s, which included genuine speedsters Kelvin Williams and David Anderson.

“I do mate, the second and third change bowlers would open at most clubs,” he said.

It’s an enormous compliment from McLennan, given the stack of classy quicks in that time, but it’s impossible to ignore the figures.

Nathan Brown was the fourth bowler used in the weekend’s semi-final win over New City, but he leads the way with 29 wickets at 13.7.

His brother and opener Ryan (22 at 20.6), former New Zealand Test paceman Daryl Tuffey (20 at 14) and former NSW Country rep Brett Davies (15 at 14.7) make up the quartet, while spinner Will Heriot has 26 scalps at 11.1.

“We’ve got some good bats and he (Tuffey) set young Liam Fitzsimmons up,” McLennan said.

“He just bowled inswinger, inswinger, inswinger and then he knew Liam was getting in behind them, so he came around the wicket and bowled an outswinger and got him caught in third slip.

“He just bowls line and length, he’s not worried about trying to hurt anyone and bowl a bouncer.

“I spoke to him at the tea break as I’d never met him before and he was just a total gentleman.”

He just bowls line and length, he’s not worried about trying to hurt anyone and bowl a bouncer.

Steve McLennan

East Albury coach Dylan Weeding is tipping the Panthers to claim the title, although he does have a number of family links there.

“Ryan Brown should have played NSW Country the last two years after Riverina, he’s been one of the best bowlers there,” he said.

“They’ve got four quicks that are all great options .. we’d love to have one of them.”

Lavington hammered New City by 154 runs.

“Their batting and their bowling just keeps coming … so you don’t really get a rest unfortunately,” New City coach Nick McDonald said of the ‘Fab Four’ quicks.