Colts cruise through to fi­nals

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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.

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