Pat­ter­son shows true Grit to hum­ble Strike

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT - JOSH SPASARO

UP against his for­mer North­ern Ter­ri­tory team­mates, pace­man Nic Pat­ter­son ripped apart the Strike’s mid­dle or­der to help Western Grit record a 76-run win in the SACA Red­backs League Cup opener at Mar­rara.

In a strong Grit bowl­ing at­tack, Pat­ter­son only bowled four overs but fin­ished up with 3-17.

He dis­missed all­rounders Luke Robins (one) and Udara Weeras­inghe (three), and Zac Chap­man (five) for cheap to see the Strike’s bat­ting card crum­ble.

Chas­ing 298 to win, the hosts started well with South Aus­tralian star and Dar­win ju­nior Jake Weather­ald (50 off 62 balls) and Ben Wakim (81 off 106) putting on a 112-run part­ner­ship.

But af­ter skip­per Weather­ald was the se­cond Strike wicket to fall with the score on 116, Dar­win Cricket Club’s Jacob Dick­man (24 off 37) was the only other bats­man to stand up.

Pat­ter­son was Tracy Vil­lage’s cap­tain in the Dar­win Premier Grade be­fore leav­ing the club mid­way through the 2017 sea­son to have a break from cricket, ad­mit­ting his en­joy­ment for the game had waned.

“I haven’t bowled on turf since be­ing back (home in Ade­laide). I was a bit rusty,” Pat­ter­son said.

“I went out there and bowled into the wind. It came out al­right.

“I en­joyed be­ing back on the slower deck in Dar­win. I’m not the quick­est out there so it held up a bit for me.

“It was nice get­ting home in the last two months of the Dar­win sea­son and giv­ing the body a break.

“I feel re­freshed and ready to go again for the sum­mer and con­tin­u­ing my dream of play­ing for the Red­backs.”

Wakim said he was proud of the ef­fort of his young team­mates against a team with nine con­tracted crick­eters, in­clud­ing one-Test Aus­tralians Cal­lum Ferguson (88 off 84) and Joe Men­nie (0-23 off seven overs).

“I thought we did pretty well. They got away from us early,” Wakim said.

“It’s a good chance for the younger guys like Dean Fry and Adi Dave to play in a com­pet­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment.

“We’ve iden­ti­fied our bat­ting col­lapses against Pa­pua New Guinea (in the mid­week trial) and again (yes­ter­day), so we’ll work on it and I think we can bounce back.”

Legspin­ner Joel Lo­gan starred for the Strike with 4-48, in­clud­ing the key scalps of Ferguson and Jake Lehmann (50 off 52).

“It’s all go­ing re­ally well. I think this sea­son things have clicked with my ac­tion,” Lo­gan said.

The Strike will take on East­ern Edge at Mar­rara to­day.

NT Strike off- spin­ner Udara Weeras­inghe in ac­tion dur­ing yes­ter­day’s SACA Red­backs League Cup clash against the Ade­laide-based Western Grit at the Mar­rara Cricket Ground Pic­ture: MICHAEL FRANCHI

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