South Wagga got themselves out of a tough situation to deny St Michaels victory at McPherson Oval on Saturday.
Not only did the Blues recover from a good start from the Saints batsmen, but found a way to chase down the 196 needed to victory despite being 4-43.
The four-wicket win ensures South Wagga remain one point adrift of ladder leaders Wagga City heading into the Christmas break.
Captain Jeremy Rowe believes the tough win is a good sign for the team.
“It was a great result for us and we are really happy with where we go into the break now,” Rowe said.
“We definitely chased under pressure, we were in some early trouble, but what has become a real hallmark of our game is having everyone welling to contribute at any given moment.
“It was certainly the chase in our middle to lower order and the discussion (on Saturday) centred around the fact we’ve now won ugly, won big, have played well in all three formats of the game and now won while chasing under pressure.”
Joel Robinson led the way with the bat.
He made 76 off 78 balls to steer the Blues out of early trouble.
Robinson put on an 88-run partnership with Alex Jones (36) before Mitch Sykes (24 not out) and Nathan Cooke (29 not out) finished unbeaten to see the side home.
St Michaels looked in a great position when Beck Frostick (73) and Justin Ward (32) put on 99 for the opening partnership, before South Wagga responded.
Both fell victim to Robinson and the Saints went from being in control at 1-123 to finishing their 40 overs at 7-195 and missing out on what would have been a massive win for the fifth-placed club.