Patterson shows true Grit to humble Strike
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