Lake Albert snapped a three-match winning streak to move to third on the Wagga Cricket ladder.
Alex Smeeth starred for the Bulls, snaring five wickets in a devastating spell.
Smeeth claimed the first four wickets, plus the prized dismissal of Dave Bolton, to finish with 5-13 off 10 overs.
The Englishman reduced Colts to 4-12 early as they got off to a horror start trying to chase down Lake Albert’s 9-279 dec in the 134-run loss at Harris Park on Saturday.
Smeeth thought is was an important win for the side.
“On a pretty flat deck the ball swung a bit early on and it was good to get a few early,” Smeeth said.
“It was really important to get guys like (Keenan) Hanigan and (Sam) Whitfield out early as we know what they can do.”
The premiers have struggled for consistency all season, including stringing together three consecutive losses twice so far.
With three rounds left before finals, Smeeth is looking to build heading into the business end.
“We’ve got a couple of tough games coming up with Cats and South Wagga so we needed to find a bit of form to take into those games that’s for sure,” he said.
Bolton again led the way for Kooringal, making 75.
He was given a couple of chances by the Bulls in the field, but was left to shoulder too much of the chase once more.
Scott McLachlan made 39 while Marc Vincent (13 not out) was the only other Colts batsman to reach double figures as they were bowled out for 145.
If it wasn’t Smeeth doing the damage, Lachie Skelly was finishing with 4-71 off 20.3 overs.
Lake Albert are now a point clear of the Kooringal but have clashes with the top two sides to come.