Rhi­nos dom­i­nate Fin­ley to kick-off sea­son

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - SPORT -

The Deni Rhi­nos Un­der 14s have started their Mur­ray Val­ley Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion ti­tle de­fence in style, se­cur­ing a vic­tory on day one of their two-day game on Satur­day.

Com­ing up against Fin­ley, the young Rhi­nos charged their way to a 15 run win de­spite hav­ing one day of play left at Me­mo­rial Park.

The Rhi­nos won the toss, send­ing the vis­it­ing Cats side out to bat first.

The move proved to be a good one with Char­lie Hil­lier tear­ing through the open­ing bats­men to fin­ish with fig­ures of 4/7 off four.

Lachie Hol­loway chimed in with 3/2 off his three overs and with Jake Her­berte tak­ing 2/3 off his three overs, the vis­i­tors were left at 9/15.

A last-wicket part­ner­ship saved Fin­ley from em­bar­rass­ment, adding 34 runs be­fore a wicket to Hay­den Don­con (1/2 off one) saw an early end to the Cats’ in­nings af­ter 25 overs.

The Rhi­nos cruised to vic­tory with open­ing pair Hol­loway and Char­lie Pa­ton hav­ing a 35 run open­ing part­ner­ship be­fore the lat­ter was caught out on 10.

Hil­lier joined Hol­loway (17) at the crease, adding a quick 13 runs to push the score to 1/64 at the end of 15 overs.

Rhi­nos coach An­thony Bradley said it was the per­fect start to the sea­son.

‘‘We’ve lost about six or seven play­ers from last year’s premier­ship win­ning side so it was good to get an early win,’’ he said.

‘‘It was good to see a kid like Char­lie Pa­ton, who’s in Year 5, step up and play well.

‘‘Our bowl­ing at­tack is still strong and we’ve got some re­ally good kids in the side.

‘‘We have a bit of work to do with our bat­ting but over the year I’m sure it’ll im­prove.

‘‘With rain pre­dicted this up­com­ing week­end, it’s good that we’ve got the re­sult al­ready.

‘‘We could have the next five weeks off if it rains, with the bye and then Barooga pulling out of the com­pe­ti­tion for the fol­low­ing four weeks.

‘‘We’ll look to play in­tra-club games dur­ing that time so that ev­ery­one can keep play­ing and en­joy their cricket.’’

Rhi­nos opener Char­lie Pa­ton plays a de­fen­sive shot dur­ing his in­nings with the bat. Pho­tos cour­tesy Wayne Bradley.

Rhi­nos pace bowler Char­lie Hil­lier de­liv­ers a deadly ball down the pitch on Satur­day.

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