SAINT Michaels got their Cricket Wagga premiership aspirations back on track with a six-wicket victory over Kooringal Colts on Saturday.
After three consecutive losses since the Christmas break, the Saints scored a much-needed win as they look to cling onto second position on the ladder.
The Saints dismissed Colts for 148 and reached 4-151 in the 35th over. It keeps them in second spot ahead of a final round showdown with ladder leaders, South Wagga.
The loss also all but ended the finals dream of Colts.
Saint Michaels coach Justin Ward was relieved to see the team return to form.
"It was really pleasing to get back to winning mode," Ward said.
"We'd had a few losses in a row so it was an important that we got back into the winner's circle."
Kooringal were sent into bat first and were all out for 148 in the 37th over. Andrew Dutton top scored for Colts with 49, while Keenan Hanigan looked good before he was run out for 25.
Dave Garness, the competition's leading wicket taker, led the way for the Saints with the ball and took 3-57 from 12 overs. James Evans also chimed in with 3-20 off 9.3 overs with his off-spinners.
Five of the six Saints' batsmen made starts in the chase with Tom Byrnes top scoring with 38, while Evans (29) and Beck Frostick (26) finished unbeaten.
Hanigan was the pick of Colts' bowlers with 2-39 off 13 overs.
"It was a good all-round performance," Ward said.
"We probably cost ourselves a bit in the field, we dropped five or six catches, but were probably lucky it didn't cost us much in the end.
"They started really well and were 28 after three overs but after our bowlers found some rhythm, Dave (Garness) bowled like Dave does and we were able to get a few wickets and keep the pressure on.
"I was confident we could get (149) at Harris Park, being a small ground and fast outfield. The aim was to go in and set a platform early, which Micka (Cattell) and I were able to do, I was pretty confident we would get the runs."