Cats Div. Two re-claim Pat Mac Cup

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Jer­ilderie’s Mur­ray Val­ley Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion Di­vi­sion Two sea­son got off to a shaky start when host­ing Finley.

The Cats wres­tled back the much-cov­eted Pat Mac Cup for the first time in three years on Satur­day.

Finley’s Paul Mass­ing­ham won the toss, and on send­ing Jer­ilderie into bat, quickly had the home side in trou­ble, at 2/4.

Luke Keat­ing and Frazer Pin­nuck stead­ied the ship some­what and at the drinks break had Jer­ilderie with a re­spectable score of 3/55 runs.

Im­me­di­ately on re­sum­ing, Keat­ing lost his wicket for a well-made 37 runs, but his re­place­ment at the crease, Andy Neessen, knuck­led down to the task, tak­ing Jer­ilderie’s score along to 92 be­fore be­ing clean bowled by Alis­tair Clark for 22.

Jer­ilderie’s tail failed to make much of an im­pres­sion on the score­board, with Jer­ilderie even­tu­ally be­ing all out for 142 runs in the 34th over; with Pin­nuck car­ry­ing his bat for a pa­tient knock of 35 not out.

Finley tried all of their play­ers at the bowl­ing crease, with nine of them snar­ing wick­ets.

The only mul­ti­ple wicket taker was Clark with two wick­ets for 20 runs off three overs, while two bowlers stood out for their con­tain­ment; Archie Ma­son (1/9 off four), and Dan O’Bryan, (1/6 off two).

The Finley bats­men wasted no time in chas­ing down the to­tal set by Jer­ilderie, with Clark be­ing bowled by Adam Boag for 31 runs in the 14th over with the score at 80.

How­ever, while four more Finley wick­ets fell at the other end, opener Ryan Donkin con­tin­ued on his merry way, com­pil­ing 66 runs not out when Jer­ilderie’s to­tal was over­hauled in the 27th over.

New Jer­ilderie cap­tain Mitch A’Vard was Jer­ilderie’s most suc­cess­ful bowler, send­ing down four overs to snare 3/26, while other Jer­ilderie wicket tak­ers were Luke Keat­ing (1/26 off five) and Adam Boag (1/21 off four).

Next week is a gen­eral bye, with Jer­ilderie trav­el­ling to De­niliquin and Finley host­ing Co­bram-Yar­roweyah United for round two on Satur­day, Novem­ber 10.

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