LATE wickets during the opening day's play against Rugby Union have given City Colts that extra bit of confidence going into the concluding weekend of the regular Bathurst District Cricket Association season.
Rugby were looking at the possibility to resuming at 1-76 in pursuit of 240 at Loco Oval but two dismissals have evened the contest back up.
One of the late dismissals went to Pat Hill, who has been making an impact of late with the ball.
Hill has been thrown the ball in all three all Colts' latest matches, having bowled just the one over the whole season prior to that window.
Six wickets later he's proven a useful change-up option for captain Matt Stephen to take the pressure off the team's pacemen.
"It's just nice to contribute in any way I can," Hill said.
"Especially when it was a big wicket like it was on Saturday. Hopefully there's more to come and we can get those first innings points."
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Rugby need a win to reach the finals and with Tyler Horton and Tim McKinnon at the crease they still have a great opportunity to rack up the required runs.
The wickets of both Imran and Jameel Qureshi late last week has undoubtedly given the Colts some momentum but Hill believes allowing Horton and McKinnon to make a start with the bat is asking for trouble.
"It's a massive game for the whole competition, for us, Rugby, Redbacks and Pat's. Rugby are a very good side but we'll back ourselves against any side and it was great to put in a good team performance so far, especially with the bat," Hill said.
"It was a great total with some good contributions down the order so we'll see if the bowlers can get the job done.
"At Loco you'll get good value for your shots but if you bowl well then you're going to jag a couple of wickets.
"The first hour is really important for us, trying not to let them get away and hopefully get two or three early wickets that would go a long way towards helping us win."