Matt Crawshaw is loving cricket.
And after a strong start to the season with the bat, you can see why.
The St Patrick's batsmen has the second highest batting average in the Provincial first grade competition, having already made 215 runs after seven rounds.
Crawshaw stepped down as captain this season after three years in the role, and admitted he's enjoying just playing cricket.
"It was time for a change," Crawshaw said.
"I'm loving cricket at the moment."
St Patrick's currently sit sixth in the competition and take on Tallangatta and Wodonga this weekend.
Crawshaw said both days of play should provide a test for his side.
"Tallangatta are a fairly different side on paper to what we've faced in the last few years," he said.
"Everyone's beating everyone at the moment.
"You have to play good cricket every week and can't afford lapses or you'll lose the games and you might find yourself playing catch up cricket."
Also a Jindera footballer, Crawshaw said the forced season on the sideline didn't really impact him.
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"In a way I was lucky, I wasn't meant to play with concussion this year," he said.
"My concussion break didn't cost me any footy, which is nice."
This weekend is also set to be a special round for North Albury's Ash Borella who will notch up 150 games at the club.
Borella said his family's connection to the cricket club makes the milestone all the more special.
"It's one of those small accolades you can notch up," he said.
"Obviously being at the club my pop and old man played at, and my cousins and uncle, it's really up there.
"Our Borella name has been there about 78 years of the club's 86 years of existence."
Borella is also enjoying solid form and sits just behind Crawshaw on total runs scored this season.
North Albury will face New City on Saturday before meeting the competition's newcomers Corowa.
Borella admitted he's looking forward to the challenge.
"Anyone on their day can knock a good side off," he said.
It's set to be a hot weekend of cricket around the region, with temperatures predicted to approach 40 degrees on the Border.
Saturday's round eight games will see East Albury take on Corowa, New City face North Albury, Lavington host Belvoir, Albury play Wodonga, St Patrick's meet Tallangatta and a bye for Wodonga Raiders.
On Sunday, Corowa host North Albury, Raiders take on Lavington, Belvoir meet Albury, Wodonga tackle St Patrick's and Tallangatta collide with New City.