ST Pat’s Old Boys brought down both Rugby Union and Bathurst City on Saturday to start their Bathurst District Cricket Association Twenty20 series in the best way possible.
Three teams had the opportunity to go two from two during the day’s matches but Saints emerged as the only team to do so, bringing down Rugby by 28 runs before blowing by Redbacks in a 108-run victory.
Ben Parsons was a standout performer for the Saints as he scored 38 in both matches and finished with figures of 0-14 and 4-15.
Pat’s had a great day out with the bat. They scored 168 and 161 in their respective games.
“We’ve gone through patches in our games where we haven’t scored enough in our middle overs and we had a big emphasis on maintaining our run rate in these games,” Pat’s captain Adam Ryan said.
“Scoring at eight an over sets you up. In Twenty20 anything can happen but when you have the flexibility to put the field back and defend that then it’s a big advantage.”
Josh Wilcox (41), Parsons and Nic Broes (34) made the biggest contributions for the Saints in their innings against Rugby.
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The blue and gold were stopped shy on 6-140 when their 20 overs were up.
Broes claimed 5-23 from his four overs to take all but one of the Rugby wickets that fell. Tanvir Singh (1-5) claimed the other.
Pat’s faced a Redbacks side riding a wave of confidence following a win earlier in the day against City Colts but the Saints were ready.
Ben Mitchell (35) and Parsons led the way for Pat’s in an innings that featured a long list of contributors.
Ben Orme and Aditya Adey had enjoyed big performances against Colts but when they were removed for 4 and 0 respectively it gave Pat’s the upper hand.
Matt Fearnley (4-13) and Parsons tore through the Redbacks middle order, with City at one stage losing 6-18.
“The teams we played probably had more aggressive fielding positions because they were trying to restrict us but that helped our batsmen,” Ryan said.
“It was pleasing that they were both great team performances with some individual brilliance in there. There were a lot of contributors in each win.
“Ben was our player of the day. He only got hit for 14 in that first game opening the bowling when he had only two fielders back so that was an outstanding effort from his four overs.
“He was the difference in our second game. He came out took 4-15 against Bathurst City who have some notable batsmen in their top order.”
Pat’s will play just one game next week, taking on City Colts at the Sportsground.