KOORINGAL Colts captain Keenan Hanigan has backed Nathanael Mooney to produce more big scores throughout the summer after his breakthrough half century for his new team helped keep their season alive with victory over Lake Albert on Saturday.
With the bottom-placed Colts needing to win to keep in touch with the top four, openers Mooney (58) and the experienced David Bolton (78) shouldered to responsiblity to guide the Colts to 9-209 batting first.
Bolton also claimed 3-22 with the ball to help dismiss the Bulls for 186, with Hanigan also bagging 3-17.
The result puts the Colts six points behind fourth-placed Wagga RSL before the two teams clash in a Twenty20 fixture at Robertson Oval on Monday night.
Mooney joined the Colts from South Wagga this season and has made some solid contributions before finally raising the bat on Saturday.
"Moons (Mooney) is only a young fella and to bat with someone like Bolts (Bolton) is very important I think," Hanigan said.
"They complement each other very well and it was good to see him get the results yesterday.
"He's actually batted pretty well all year for us and bowled quite well. He's got a few twenties and thirties and I know there's a few bigger scores ahead for him, for a young kid to do that is pretty impressive."
Both Colts wins this season have been against the Bulls and backing it up against Wagga RSL on Monday, who upset top two side St Michaels this round, is vital.