WHEN City Colts beat St Pat’s Old Boys in their one-day clash back in November little did everyone know that it would be the last time the Saints would lose a Bathurst District Cricket Association first grade game.
Now the Colts have the chance to bring that winning run to a stop when they make their return to Loco Oval over the next two Saturdays.
An undermanned Colts side will still be certain to lift on their home turf during sponsor’s day where the club will be expecting vocal support from the boundary.
Home ground matches have been limited this season for Colts who will take to the Loco turf for just the third time in first grade.
The team are back in action following a last round bye although several players have been keeping their match fitness up in other games.
One of those is captain Matt Stephen, who was part of the Central West Wranglers side that played in the Regional Bash finals on Tuesday at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
He’s keen to face off against fellow Wranglers representatives Adam Ryan, Matt Fearnley, Tanvir Singh and Connor Slattery once more.
“Having our best 11 on the field would be handy but I think, once again, that won’t be happy. Could be up to three out, but that’s cricket sometimes,” he said.
“Obviously they’ve got a lot of young talent coming through and it’s not always their big names that are being their top guns, and that makes it even harder for us.
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“Mitch Taylor’s bowling well and taking a lot of wickets. Bailey Brien’s on fire at the moment and scoring a tonne of runs.
“Then you’ve obviously got Nic and Tan and Adam Ryan’s in the form of his life. There’s a lot of important wickets to get but I’m sure Loco will provide plenty of runs.”
It was the other Colts representative in the Wranglers squad, Henry Shoemark, who led the charge in the previous win over the Saints.
Shoemark (66) and Jaden Ekert (70) looked like they would guide their team to a comfortable victory that day before an embarrassing collapse of 6-17 made for a much closer finish than Colts anticipated.
Since that match St Pat’s have produced a seven game winning run in Bathurst cricket – including a Twenty20 victory over Colts.
Colts will be buoyed by their rain-affected one wicket win over Bathurst City in their latest game but know they’re going to need a much improved effort with the bat against a high flying Pat’s contingent.
“We’ve only got this game then one other on Loco,” Stephen said.
“We’ll be looking to make the most of it. Saturday will be a good chance for the club, especially with the number of juniors we’ve had this year, to say thank you to our sponsors.”