ALL Saints’ College came within two wickets of an ISA division two cricket title on Saturday in a low-scoring but tense final against St Patrick’s College.
The visiting St Pat’s 2nd XI chased down the total of 102 with just two overs remaining at The Scots School.
Pat’s were responsible for All Saints’ thumping nine wicket loss a fortnight ago but on Saturday the Bathurst boys stepped up their game to make their next meeting a much closer affair.
Hugh Parsons’ big all-round effort, which included an unbeaten knock of 52 and 3-18, almost took the Bathurst school to victory.
All Saints coach Phil Cant said his minor premiers can hold their heads high after a great season of cricket.
“It didn’t quite turn out the way we wanted but I’m very content with the way they played,” he said.
“It was a slow outfield so that was probably worth another 30 runs. Then with the added pressure of batting in a final that makes things more difficult. Our 11 felt equivalent to 150 in a regular game, and we knew we could defend it.
“Hugh Parsons came in at the eighth over, with us two wickets down, and he stayed there until the end. It was a terrific innings.”
Parsons was assisted by Will Mitchell’s 19 runs but no other All Saints batsman managed to crack double figures.
Five straight boundaries in the final over from Parsons helped All Saints reach triple figures.
St Pat’s were also short on big scorers. Captain Patrick Watson (37) and Josh Hamilton (20) did enough to get their team home.
Along with Parsons’ three-wicket haul, Ben Cant (2-21) and Izaac Chirgwin (2-15) were the other multiple wicket takers.
“The boys did everything I asked of them all season,” Phil Cant said.
“It was also our last game for All Saints’ College, since we’ll be merging with Scots, so it was a bit sentimental as well, being the last match in the baggy red.”