Hawks haunt Rhi­nos

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - Sport - By JAMIE LOWE

It was deja vu from last year’s Mur­ray Val­ley Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion grand fi­nal for the Deni Rhi­nos, suf­fer­ing a six wicket loss to Ba­rooga at Ba­rooga on Satur­day.

The round seven clash saw the Rhi­nos once again bowled over by the Hawks, fin­ish­ing their in­nings on 130 with the fi­nal wicket fall­ing in the 43rd over.

Af­ter a mi­nor hic­cup early in their run chase, open­ing bats­man Sam Leigh helped the home side cruise to vic­tory, hit­ting five bound­aries in his 60 run stand, to sur­pass the Rhi­nos to­tal af­ter 25 overs in a sim­i­lar re­sult to the 2017/18 de­cider be­tween the two sides.

Rhi­nos coach John Arthur said it was a ‘‘very dis­ap­point­ing re­sult’’ for his side.

‘‘We won the toss and chose to bat, got off to a bit of a flurry in the first cou­ple of overs, but then were just un­able to build any part­ner­ships,’’ he said.

‘‘Their spin bowlers tight­ened us up, much like the grand fi­nal last sea­son.

‘‘Scor­ing 130 on a good pitch was never go­ing to be a good out­come for us and while we did have early break­throughs, Ba­rooga con­trolled the game with the bat.

‘‘We’ve cer­tainly got to do some work on our bat­ting, par­tic­u­larly a lot of work on spin­ners.’’

With open­ing bats­man Ash Ger­mano miss­ing, Brodie Ben­nett opened up the bat­ting with Dean Edge.

Ben­nett started strongly with a boundary, scor­ing five runs off three balls be­fore be­ing bowled by Ri­ley Gow (3/31 off 7.4) with the Rhi­nos on 14 runs.

An­gus Camp­bell was brought to the crease, with tight bowl­ing see­ing him score only two runs from 22 balls faced be­fore be­ing bowled by Gow.

Edge (13) was stumped soon af­ter off the bowl­ing of Justin Ma­ley (1/20 off six), leav­ing the Rhi­nos in a sham­bles at 3/26.

Pho­tos cour­tesy Wayne Bradley.

An­drew Ho­gan and An­thony Bradley (seven) pushed the score to 45 be­fore the lat­ter was caught and with Ho­gan (18) bowled by im­port Amar Ul­lah (1/25 off eight) soon af­ter, the Rhi­nos were sit­ting at 5/52.

Wick­ets con­tin­ued to fall for the Rhi­nos, with the only high­lights late in the in­nings be­ing a 23 run part­ner­ship be­tween Chris Pyle (20) and Harry Hil­lier (24 not out), as well as a 22 run fi­nal wicket part­ner­ship with Hil­lier and Dy­lan Rother­ham (10).

Sim­i­larly to the Rhi­nos the Hawks lost key wick­ets early, with Trent Batch­e­lor (one) caught at sec­ond slip off the bowl­ing of Ho­gan (2/37 off six).

Key play­maker Gow, who scored an un­beaten cen­tury in the two sides’ pre­vi­ous en­counter, was quickly re­moved by Ho­gan soon af­ter, bowled for eight, with the Hawks strug­gling at 2/19.

Kale Watkins joined Leigh at the crease how­ever, with the pair build­ing an 83 run part­ner­ship.

Watkins (25) was even­tu­ally caught be­hind off the bowl­ing of Rother­ham (1/17 off four) and with Leigh caught from Bradley’s (1/11 off five) off-spin­ners, the Hawks were 4/104.

Ul­lah (22 not out) and Ma­ley (four not out) scored the re­main­ing runs re­quired, to help Ba­rooga to their third win of the sea­son.

‘‘Af­ter our early wick­ets Ba­rooga kept the runs flow­ing at five or six runs an over,’’ Arthur said.

‘‘Sam Leigh took our bowlers on and al­most went at a run a ball.

‘‘While we were miss­ing the likes of Ash Ger­mano and Brad Todd, there are still no ex­cuses for the loss, as we had our best avail­able side on the day.

‘‘There’s no doubt that Ba­rooga will again be one of the teams to beat this year.

‘‘Hope­fully we can im­prove our bat­ting quickly, as we need to start hav­ing at least four play­ers scor­ing 50 or more runs in the two-day games.’’

With the one-day fix­tures com­ing to an end, the Rhi­nos will now face Nathalia at Nathalia in a two-day clash.

Day one will be played this Satur­day.

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