Colts cruise through to finals
The Murray Valley Cricket Association’s Colts team travelled to Temora to be greeted with a lush outfield and a dead wicket in their recent intertown clash as part of the VB Plate knockout one-day series.
Colts captain Justin Maley won the toss and had no hesitation in sending Temora in.
After removing the dangerous Forsyth, Temora settled in with Stacey (49) and Robertson (31) the mainstays with a partnership of 57.
At 2/97 Temora was well placed for a sizeable total.
Maley introduced spin and with himself (4/17) and Liam Evans (2/26) changed the course of the game.
Temora lost 6/13 and only a late flurry by Gernhart got the score to 128 off 46 overs.
The Valley began their run chase well with Jamie Stanyer (14) and Brayden Carey (48) putting on 26 for the opening stand.
When Brodie Ross (39) came together with Carey, these two scored quickly to take the total to 101, adding 76 for their 1st wicket partnership.
The Colts cruised to victory in the 31st over with Maley three not out and Denis Hickey six not out.
The Colts side, which is made up of mostly talented young Murray Valley cricketers, has now qualified for the finals.
Senior side The senior Murray Valley representative side travelled to Wagga to play against Queanbeyan at Nixon Park in their SCG Country Cup 4th round match.
Shaun Downie won the toss and decided to bat on a deck reminiscent of rolled mud without a blade of grass.
The selectors chose to open with Stuart Thomson with Luke Carter. Unfortunately Thomson went in the first over bringing Downie to the crease.
Carter (9) fell with the score at 23 and worse was to follow.
Queanbeyan had a handy quick left-arm bowler who had played with the Canberra Comets, and he ripped through the Valley batting line-up with no one reaching double figures.
Only skipper Downie showed any fight or resistance to make 39 out of the total of 89 all out.
L Hansen finished with the fine figures of nine overs for 6/17.
Coach Mick Cleeland was most disappointed in the application shown by his batting line-up as the team capitulated against the Queanbeyan bowling attack.
Unfortunately, the low total was not nearly enough to defend and Queanbeyan passed the Valley’s total in the 22nd over.
Matt Jaensch took two wickets for Murray Valley but Queanbeyan was far too good on the day.
This ends Murray Valley’s campaign in the SCG Country Cup and they will now be concentrating on the upcoming Country Week competitions in Bendigo and Melbourne in January and February respectively.