Lake Albert moved to outright top spot on the Wagga cricket ladder, but had to overcome another close match against Kooringal Colts.
The Bulls are yet to taste defeat this season, but only snuck home with two balls to spare at Wagga Cricket Ground on Saturday.
Teenagers Tom Doig and Angus McLay were left to chase down Colts’ 118 after they were bowled out with four overs left.
David Bolton (30), Brenden O’Reily (15) and Keenan Hanigan (14) got their team off to a good start before Kurt Robertson picked up three crucial wickets to stem the flow of runs.
Lake Albert had struggled for momentum in the run chase before Alex Smeeth (26) and Jack Carey (22) got them back on track.
Captain Rob Nicoll was pleased by how they were able to work their way to another “ugly win.”
“Some games you have you win ugly and good sides win ugly,” Nicoll said.
“That is what happened.
“I don’t think the wicket was outstanding or the outfield was outstanding so it is a bit hard to read into the game.
“We are just happy to get away with the win.”
He was also impressed by how Doig, for the second time this season, was able to guide his team to victory.
“I’m really impressed with him and from last season to now he has really developed, taken his game further and his confidence is just sky high,” Nicoll said.
The win virtually guarantees the Bulls a place in the one-day final, but Nicoll insists it hasn’t been a priority for the club.