Border Bullets smashed a six-year Wagga cricket hoodoo in style in the Regional Bash on Sunday morning.
The Bullets claimed the inaugural statewide T20 competition in 2015-16, but hadn't beaten the Sloggers since.
However, the home side tore through its nemesis for just 104 in 19.3 overs at Lavington Sportsground with speedster David Tassell claiming just his second five-wicket haul (5-22), ironically after his first came when he played in Wagga.
"I think our bowlers used the pitch really well with the Brown boys (Ryan and Nathan) and myself playing on it yesterday so we knew our areas and all the bowlers executed our plans really well," Tassell offered.
The trio's club outfit, Lavington, toppled St Patrick's at club level with Nathan Brown snaring 4-43 and posting an unbeaten 72 in the season's first 50-over game.
But Brown wasn't required to bat this time as the Bullets cruised to 1-105 from only 12.3 overs, with Shoaib Shaikh (40 not out), fellow opener Jesse Griffiths 30 (20 balls) and marquee player - Melbourne University's Andre Yaksender - (25no) getting in some batting practice, ahead of the afternoon clash against ACT Aces.
"Dave Tassell and the bowlers did an awesome job and it was a clinical effort with the bat, the boys did really well, but the job's only half done," co-coach Liam Scammell suggested.
The winner of the afternoon match between the Bullets and Aces would book a place in the finals at the Sydney Cricket Ground, on a date to be confirmed.
The Sloggers made a solid start with captain Josh Thompson and teenager Jake Scott (7) pushing the score to 0-18 from three overs, before the latter tried a pull shot off the game's quickest bowler Jarryd Hatton and skied the ball where livewire keeper Ben Fulford ran 25m to take the catch at square leg.
Tassell bowled Thompson with his first ball of the next over, but danger player Ethan Bartlett then smashed a four and six, the latter a classic lofted on-drive onto the roof of the new grandstand and a lost ball.
After a three-minute delay, he cluncked the next ball to cover in making 10 and when Tassell struck again in his next over, dismissing marquee player and North Albury bat Ash Borella with a lifting delivery for only four, the visitors were 4-36.
Hamish Starr impressed with 30 from 25 balls.
The Sloggers had suffered an incredibly unlucky blow before the match with opening bowler David Garness injuring his knee in the warm-up and unable to play, while Bartlett was lame by the seventh over, unable to run as two balls careered past him while 'hiding;' at fine leg.
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"We didn't make enough runs and the injuries didn't help, it's looking pretty bad for Dave, while 'Barts' did his groin," Thompson revealed.
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