CITY Colts stalwarts Henry Shoemark and Daniel Casey put on a show with bat and ball respectively to hand St Pat’s Old Boys their first loss of the Bathurst District Cricket Association first grade season.
Colts claimed an 18 run win on the back of Shoemark’s 92 runs and Casey’s 6-47.
The hosts scored 235 at Loco Oval and managed to keep an in-form Pat’s side at bay.
An impressive innings for the Saints’ rising junior star Sam Hall (79) wasn’t enough for Pat’s to keep their winning streak alive as his side were all out in the final over of the day.
Shoemark and Pat Hill (15) once again got Colts off to a strong start, adding 57 for the first wicket.
It’s the third match in a row that the pair have contributed more than 50 runs together.
Matt Fearnley struck in quick succession when he trapped Hill in front before bowling out Jaden Ekert (0).
The third wicket partnership between Shoemark and Matt Kelly (41) helped to keep Colts in control.
Once Shoemark was finally removed – caught off the bowling of Bailey Webber – useful knocks from Casey (34) and Tony Clancy (24) pushed the total past the 200 mark.
Pat’s got off to a nightmare start with the bat when danger man Nic Broes was caught off the first ball of the innings.
David Cant (15) produced a patient knock while first drop batsman Hall began what would be an impressive day with the willow.
After a run of boundaries to start his time at the crease Hall did most of his damage with well placed singles and twos around the Colts fielders.
He received support from his captain Adam Ryan (50).
With 10 overs to go Pat’s had plenty of work to do with the score at 4-135.
The Saints finished strongly in the run home but Colts’ accurate bowling, especially from Casey, made the chase too difficult.
“It was a great result. Henry and Pat batted well at the top and it was good to Matt Kelly put on some runs,” Colts captain Matt Stephen said.
“We bowled well in patches, not so good in others. They obviously had a bit to chase towards the end and were throwing the bat at a lot of stuff.
“Adam Ryan batted really well and at one stage it wasn’t looking good for us… [but] our old heads came through again and that’s what you like to see. It was a result we really needed.”
Stephen praised Hall for his resilient knock.
“He’s a good young talent,” Stephen said.
“I shook his hand after the match and said he should be really happy with that innings. He batted well above his years.”