Rhinos dominate Finley to kick-off season
The Deni Rhinos Under 14s have started their Murray Valley Cricket Association title defence in style, securing a victory on day one of their two-day game on Saturday.
Coming up against Finley, the young Rhinos charged their way to a 15 run win despite having one day of play left at Memorial Park.
The Rhinos won the toss, sending the visiting Cats side out to bat first.
The move proved to be a good one with Charlie Hillier tearing through the opening batsmen to finish with figures of 4/7 off four.
Lachie Holloway chimed in with 3/2 off his three overs and with Jake Herberte taking 2/3 off his three overs, the visitors were left at 9/15.
A last-wicket partnership saved Finley from embarrassment, adding 34 runs before a wicket to Hayden Doncon (1/2 off one) saw an early end to the Cats’ innings after 25 overs.
The Rhinos cruised to victory with opening pair Holloway and Charlie Paton having a 35 run opening partnership before the latter was caught out on 10.
Hillier joined Holloway (17) at the crease, adding a quick 13 runs to push the score to 1/64 at the end of 15 overs.
Rhinos coach Anthony Bradley said it was the perfect start to the season.
‘‘We’ve lost about six or seven players from last year’s premiership winning side so it was good to get an early win,’’ he said.
‘‘It was good to see a kid like Charlie Paton, who’s in Year 5, step up and play well.
‘‘Our bowling attack is still strong and we’ve got some really good kids in the side.
‘‘We have a bit of work to do with our batting but over the year I’m sure it’ll improve.
‘‘With rain predicted this upcoming weekend, it’s good that we’ve got the result already.
‘‘We could have the next five weeks off if it rains, with the bye and then Barooga pulling out of the competition for the following four weeks.
‘‘We’ll look to play intra-club games during that time so that everyone can keep playing and enjoy their cricket.’’
Rhinos opener Charlie Paton plays a defensive shot during his innings with the bat. Photos courtesy Wayne Bradley.
Rhinos pace bowler Charlie Hillier delivers a deadly ball down the pitch on Saturday.