Round 5 news reports:
Patties make a mark with gutsy win
By BRETT KOHLHAGEN
ST PATRICK’S announced itself as a genuine CAW premiership contender by scoring a gutsy 23-run victory against Wodonga at Xavier Oval on Saturday.
Despite being on the canvas on several occasions during the match, the Patties found a way to win with coach Mark Butters proud of the way his team fought out the two days.
The Bulldogs appeared to be cruising to victory at 2-153 chasing 257 before Robbie Jackson was caught at mid-off for 83 which triggered a dramatic collapse.
When James Tonkin fell for 66 soon after it was game on as St Patrick’s tightened the screws through some tight bowling from Kane Arendarcikas (2-55) and Butters (4-51).
The early loss of paceman Cameron Furze with a thigh injury didn’t help the Patties’ cause.
“Wodonga had us on our knees both weeks, but they couldn’t quite finish us off,” Butters said.
“Kane bowled beautifully and I think some tight bowling got them bogged down a bit towards the end. It was a good win.”
St Patrick’s started the day superbly when Furze crashed into Beattie’s stumps and Butters delivered another blow minutes later when he claimed the wicket of Bryce Garvey.
But the class of Jackson and Tonkin then prevailed with a 150-run stand that threatened to take the game away from the home team.
Jack Gilbee (25), Trent Ball (21) and James Saker (17) made contributions down the order but a steady flow of wickets saw Wodonga bowled out in 77.5 overs.
East Albury had to be content with first innings points against Wodonga Raiders at Alexandra Park.
The Crows declared with a 21-run lead but some strong resistance from Wodonga Raiders young gun Kori Stevenson prevented any thought of an outright.
Stevenson made 89 including 17 boundaries, to enable the Raiders to make 148.