Su­per start for Bloods

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Tocumwal’s Di­vi­sion One side had a tremen­dous start to their Mur­ray Val­ley Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion sea­son trav­el­ling to Deni to record a 104 run win on Satur­day.

Tocumwal cap­tain John Luci won the toss and sent the home side into bat.

The de­ci­sion proved to be a good one, with Deni opener Kyle Ives caught out off Jesse Barker’s (1/20 off six) bowl­ing in the se­cond over.

Tim Hil­lier joined Chris Pyle in the mid­dle, the pair adding 38 runs to­gether off 11 overs.

Pyle (22) was dis­missed by Jor­dan Poyn­ton (2/37 off eight) with Hil­lier (24) re­moved soon af­ter.

Af­ter Mitch Jef­feries (12) was bowled out, Rhi­nos new­comer Evan Po­cock (27) and Jack Tonta (12) teamed up.

The duo man­aged a part­ner­ship of 39 runs be­fore both were re­moved to leave the home side at 6/104 af­ter 30 overs.

Af­ter 14 year-old Kai Hil­lier was run out, it was Robert Owen (3/24 off four) clean­ing up the tail end, claim­ing Zack Thomp­son (7) on the last ball and with 13 year-old Tom Bradley not out on one, the Rhi­nos fin­ished up with 154 runs from their 40 overs.

The Bloods’ bat­ting power was strong from the start, with Jesse Barker and Michael Roberts hav­ing an open­ing part­ner­ship of 95 runs from 87 balls be­fore the lat­ter was bowled out by John­son (1/44 off eight).

Mark Barker scored a quick 14 runs be­fore he edged the ball through to the keeper, with Tim Hil­lier (1/25 off eight) claim­ing him.

Ranji Oliver (10) joined Jesse Barker in the mid­dle, be­fore fall­ing to a bril­liant one handed catch by Tim Hil­lier, with the Bloods sit­ting at 3/140, need­ing 15 runs to win from 14 overs.

Jesse (78) was Pyle’s (2/37 off six) se­cond vic­tim of the day, be­fore Rod Meloury and John Luci cruised to vic­tory, sur­pass­ing the tar­get in the 30th over.

The pair added 113 runs from 12 overs to the to­tal with Meloury (88 not out) hit­ting eight fours and six sixes and Luci fin­ish­ing 23 not out.

The Bloods will hit the road again this week, trav­el­ling to Co­bram Show­grounds to take on the Tigers on Satur­day.

In Di­vi­sion Two, Tocumwal played host to Waaia this week for their first game of the sea­son.

Waaia bat­ted first and strug­gled against the Toc. bowl­ing at­tack.

Waaia fin­ish­ing their in­nings all out on 90 af­ter 25.4 overs, fol­low­ing im­pres­sive spells by Adam Jar­rett (3/6 off 2.4), Dale Chan­dler (2/23 off five), Christina Roberts (2/19 off five) and Keith Stevens-Venville (2/16 off seven).

The Bloods’ bat­ting line-up was very strong this week with open­ing pair Dean Cole and Dale Chan­dler spend­ing 17 overs at the crease to score 109 runs be­fore declar­ing to end the game.

Chan­dler smashed seven fours and two sixes on his way to 61 not out with Cole smash­ing five fours in his un­beaten 40.

Tocumwal will play at home again, when they host Ber­ri­gan on Satur­day.

The Un­der 14s started their first week of a two-week match against Ba­rooga on the week­end, with de­tails in next week’s SRN.

Open­ing bowler Andy Arthur in ac­tion on Satur­day. Arthur had im­pres­sive fig­ures of 2/23 off his eight overs. Photo cour­tesy He­len Barker.

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