Super start for Bloods
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.