Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - SPORT -

The Deni Rhi­nos will have their first home game of the Mur­ray Val­ley Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion sea­son when they host Co­bram-Yar­roweyah United to­mor­row.

The Rhi­nos will be ex­pected to im­prove their record to 2-0 com­ing fresh off the bye fol­low­ing a round one win against flag threat Co­bram, while the Blues look set for a tough year again, start­ing their sea­son with two losses.

But a vic­tory won’t come that easy for the Rhi­nos with reign­ing Guthrie Medal win­ner An­drew Ho­gan miss­ing the clash due to an over­seas trip.

Rhi­nos coach John Arthur said his side will have to be at their best to se­cure a win.

‘‘We know CYU have strug­gled over the years but we can’t take them lightly,’’ he said.

‘‘Ho­ges (Ho­gan) is a mas­sive out, he’s our best bats­man when he’s at 100 per cent.

‘‘What we need to en­sure is that we lift in the field. We fielded well last year but it seemed to drop off a lit­tle bit in round one.’’

The Rhi­nos will likely make a cou­ple of changes to their line-up with all-rounder Liam Pitts, mid­dle or­der bats­man Bod­die Arthur and pace bowler Ben Ir­win all avail­able for se­lec­tion this week.

‘‘It’s good to have a longer list to se­lect from,’’ Arthur said.

‘‘We’re still in that pe­riod where play­ers are still hav­ing a break from footy sea­son so we’re hope­ful of pick­ing up more num­bers soon.

‘‘We’ll have three se­nior sides and our Un­der 14s all play­ing this week­end so the more num­bers we can get the bet­ter.’’

In other Rhi­nos ac­tion to­mor­row, Di­vi­sion One will host Katunga, Di­vi­sion Two will travel to face CYU and the Un­der 14s are at home for day two of their clash against Fin­ley.

For those want­ing to try cricket con­tact the De­niliquin Rhi­nos Cricket Club on their Face­book group.

The Deni Rhi­nos will be hold­ing their an­nual ball at the Deni RSL on Novem­ber 24.

The cost for the night is $50, which in­cludes en­try, fin­ger food and en­ter­tain­ment from Bendigo band En­tourage for the night.

Tick­ets will go on sale early next week. For more de­tails, go to https:/ /www.face­book.com/events/ 236140727185434/.

John Arthur.

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