Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - SPORT -

A dom­i­nant per­for­mance with the bat and ball from Deni Rhi­nos all-rounder Andrew Ho­gan steered his side to a fourth con­sec­u­tive win in the Mur­ray Val­ley Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion’s Premier grade on Satur­day.

The right hand bats­man started his day smash­ing three fours and two sixes on his way to an un­beaten 60 runs, be­fore tak­ing 4/12 off four overs with the ball, to help the Rhi­nos post a 77 run win over Kata­matite in the first and only 20-20 fix­ture of the year.

Play­ing in Kata­matite, Deni won the toss and de­cided to bat, with coach John Arthur say­ing the gen­eral con­sen­sus was that a score in the 120-130 range would be rea­son­able tar­get.

Opener Dean Edge was given a life­line early, hit­ting long down the ground and be­ing dropped on the first ball of the in­nings.

Edge made them pay, dodg­ing an­other bul­let with a close run-out at­tempt which saw four over­throws help­ing him score a ‘six’ while run­ning in be­tween the wick­ets.

The opener was then caught in the third over off the bowl­ing of Luke Barnard (1/20 off four), fol­low­ing a quick­fire 21 runs.

Fel­low opener Ash Ger­mano (2) was run out soon af­ter, slip­ping over when try­ing for a quick sin­gle with the Rhi­nos 2-33 af­ter four overs.

A part­ner­ship was needed to steady the ship, with Rhi­nos’ im­port Zeniffe Fowler and Ho­gan re­spond­ing well.

The pair de­liv­ered, with a com­bi­na­tion of power hit­ting and ag­gres­sive run­ning be­tween the wick­ets.

Fowler com­bined with Ho­gan for a 66 run part­ner­ship off only eight overs. The im­port ham­mered eight bound­aries be­fore he was dis­missed for 45 af­ter 12 overs, clean bowled by Kelvin Kennedy (2/36 off four).

Ho­gan took over and added 39 runs with Brad Todd (10), the lat­ter giv­ing the in-form play­maker the strike at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity.

The pair bat­ted for five overs be­fore Todd was dis­missed, with the Rhi­nos com­fort­ably placed at 4/138 with 21 balls re­main­ing.

The Rhi­nos added 19 more runs with An­thony Bradley (6) and Liam Pitts (1 not out) chip­ping in to a fi­nal tally of 5/157 off 20 overs.

‘‘The part­ner­ship be­tween Toddy and Ho­ges (Ho­gan) was cru­cial as many teams fall away and lose quick wick­ets af­ter a strong part­ner­ship is bro­ken up,’’ Arthur said.

‘‘It was also good to see Zeniffe score big. He prob­a­bly felt there was a bit of ex­pecta- tion on him and it would’ve lifted a bit of weight off his shoul­ders.

‘‘The talk for the last three overs was sim­ply a run a ball and we were close to achiev­ing that.’’

It was a hot start for the Rhi­nos’ open­ing bowlers, with Ho­gan and Dy­lan Rother­ham (3/14 off four) rip­ping the Kata­matite top or­der apart.

The Rhi­nos were catch­ing ev­ery­thing with Bod­die Arthur se­cur­ing a high skier to mid-off, and Todd tak­ing a catch on the mi­don bound­ary, al­most guar­an­tee­ing vic­tory af­ter three overs, with the home side at 4/5.

Shan­non Pool and Bradley Par­nell set­tled things down for the Tigers, be­fore Rother­ham struck again, send­ing both Pool and Par­nell’s bails fly­ing.

Pitts (1/17 off four) struck for his first wicket and Kata­matite were 7/24 off nine overs.

Kennedy and Tom Pendle­bury added some re­spectabil­ity to the Kata­matite score, adding 40 runs for the eighth wicket.

Pendle­bury (27) be­came Ho­gan’s fourth wicket, when a slash to gully was caught bril­liantly by Edge with a one-handed dive.

When Kennedy (19) hit across the line and was ad­judged LBW to Arthur (1/5 off two), Kata­matite were down and out at 9/75 with 11 balls re­main­ing.

Lach­lan Sharp (5 n.o) and Jor­dan Dickie (2 n.o) held on for the last two overs and avoided be­ing bowled out, with the Tigers fin­ish­ing on 9/80.

‘‘The guys were pumped with the re­sult,’’ coach Arthur said.

‘‘I was re­ally im­pressed with Dy­lan Rother­ham’s bowl­ing. The um­pire even com­mented af­ter the game that he bowled some un­playable de­liv­er­ies.

‘‘Evan Po­cock bowled re­spectably in his Premier grade de­but as well. He was strong in the field and did his part to help us se­cure an­other win.

‘‘Our keeper Jonty Tubb has been catch­ing ev­ery­thing for weeks and hardly gave away any byes again on Satur­day.

‘‘Even though we have now had five wins from six games, every­one is fully aware of how hard we must con­tinue to work.

‘‘Our bat­ting has been con­trolled, our open­ing bowlers are tak­ing wick­ets early and im­por­tantly our field­ing is great.

‘‘We still need to im­prove if we are to chal­lenge mul­ti­ple pre­miers Nathalia this week­end.’’

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