Swans sink Cats bats

Southern Riverina news - - SPORT -

Fin­ley started their Mur­ray Val­ley Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion Divi­sion One cam­paign on the wrong foot with a three wicket road trip loss to Katunga on Satur­day.

Cats skip­per Rus­sell An­der­son won the toss and had no hes­i­ta­tion in bat­ting first.

This de­ci­sion was a pos­i­tive one with the Cats open­ers Cougar McGrath (12) and re­cruit Adnan Ma­lik (12) get­ting off to a fly­ing start see­ing the score race to 31 in the fourth over be­fore Ma­lik de­parted.

McGrath quickly fol­lowed and it was left to An­der­son and Justin Crow­ley (23) to steady the ship.

With the run rate fly­ing along at five runs per over, wick­ets con­tin­ued to fall, and the Cats found them­selves in trou­ble at 5/62.

Dun­can Clarke (7) and An­thony King (17) put on 20 for the sixth wicket part­ner­ship.

With Clarke sent back to the rooms, the Cats could not re­cu­per­ate and were dis­missed in the 23rd over for 91.

Fin­ley were not go­ing away with­out a fight de­spite de­fend­ing a small to­tal, hav­ing Katunga at 3/37 at the end of the eighth over with Darcy Webb (1/19 off six) and Da­mon An­der­son (2/23 off four) mak­ing the early break­through.

King (4/29 off seven) was brought into the at­tack and had suc­cess im­me­di­ately with the wicket of Daniel Hen­der­son (14).

The Swans were mak­ing hard work of the chase fall­ing to 6/67 in the 18th over; how­ever, some lower or­der hit­ting saw the home side hit the win­ning runs in the 23rd over.

The Divi­sion One Cats are at home to Tocumwal for round two on Satur­day while Divi­sion Two start their cam­paign on Oc­to­ber 27 with a trip to Jer­ilderie..

Fin­ley/Jer­ilderie U16s Com­bine will start their sea­son on Fri­day when they travel to Ba­rooga.

The Un­der 14s take on the road trip to face reign­ing premier Deni Rhi­nos for a two-day fix­ture start­ing on Satur­day.

The draw for Un­der 12s is still be­ing com­pleted.

Ju­nior reg­is­tra­tion con­tin­ues Thurs­day from 4.30pm at the Fin­ley Apex Sports and Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

Five Ber­ri­gan bowlers (from left) Hardy Ren­nick, Lau­rie Way, Col McGrath, Roger Reynold­son and Alex Dal­gliesh made their pen­nant bowls de­but against Ba­rooga on Satur­day.

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