Com­bine crashes against home side Strath­mer­ton

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The Daw­mac Ber­ri­gan Fin­ley Com­bine en­ter the Christ­mas break dis­ap­pointed af­ter a great op­por­tu­nity was let slip at Strath­mer­ton on Satur­day in Murray Val­ley premier divi­sion.

Sent in to bat on the tra­di­tional ‘road’ at Strathy, the Com­bine lost two quick wick­ets in De­nis (4) and Daniel (2) Hickey to be 2/12.

Where nor­mally the Com­bine would crum­ble, some ticker was shown by opener Tom Wal­lis (17) and Tom Sin­clair (19). The pair ne­go­ti­ated the next 10 overs to get to drinks in a much bet­ter po­si­tion.

Fol­low­ing the re­fresh­ments the pair con­tin­ued to add to the score un­til Wal­lis played a loose shot and was caught be­hind with the score on 44.

Sin­clair de­parted with the score 4/56 and the in­nings tee­ter­ing again af­ter 20 overs.

Daniel Hib­berd and Adrian Hickey then set out build­ing an in­nings and the pair did a tremen­dous job. They added 64 in 13 overs for the fifth wicket.

Hib­berd smashed the ball to all parts scor­ing eight bound­aries. He also worked the twos and threes on the spa­cious ground in a splen­did knock of 57.

Adrian Hickey, who added four in the part­ner­ship, was the solid back­stop his part­ner needed — keep­ing out good bowl­ing from the Bull­dog at­tack.

With the score on 120, Hib­berd was bowled by Mcmil­lan and that wicket would trig­ger a mas­sive col­lapse. Mcmil­lan (5/27) ripped through the Com­bine tail.

Af­ter re­mov­ing Hib­berd, he took the next four wick­ets for just six runs and the Com­bine only added an­other six on top of that. They had lost 6/10 with Mag­ill the last man out with the score 132.

Adrian Hickey re­mained de­fi­ant on an un­beaten 12.

With runs on the board the Com­bine struck the great­est blow pos­si­ble re­mov­ing Luke Carter for a duck sec­ond ball. Peter Mag­ill (1/34) curled one around the legs of Carter to crash into leg stump.

From there, luck de­serted the Com­bine. Matt Had­drell (51) had all the luck in the world as he smashed his way to a half cen­tury.

Sev­eral in­side edges grazed the stumps and his lofted shots went ag­o­nis­ingly close to hand, but he rode his wave of good for­tune and set vic­tory up for the Bull­dogs.

The Com­bine did fight back though to give them­selves a chance of the un­likely.

Paul Mass­ing­ham (3/21) and Tom Wal­lis (1/50) bowled well to take the top or­der wick­ets and have Strathy 4/87.

From there the Bull­dogs were able to work their way to the vic­tory tar­get with­out too much trou­ble.

Some qual­ity bowl­ing from Daniel Hickey (2/22) en­sured there would be as tough a re­sis­tance as pos­si­ble, but when the sixth wicket fell scores were level.

The fi­nal 11 overs saw Strathy cash in on the ‘‘free hit’’ and they closed at 8/205 af­ter 45 overs.

The Com­bine travel to Waaia on Jan­uary 7.

Divi­sion One The Com­bine ended up play­ing out a draw over the week­end, but not be­fore hav­ing to go through the wringer to get it.

Co­bram bat­ted first on Satur­day and were soon un­der pres­sure as Tom Barnes (2/33) re­moved both open­ers with the score only 17.

Mark Bond (20) and Matthew Tay­lor (16) added runs in the mid­dle or­der but two wick­ets to Lach­lan Calder (2/35) and two first class run outs re­duced the Tigers to 6/79 and in all sorts of strife.

But the Tigers would fight back and it would be through vet­eran Brian Tay­lor that it would come. The wily bat com­bined with Ricky Nolan (22) to add 120 for the sev­enth wicket.

Tay­lor was ruth­less smash­ing nine fours and a six in his knock. He brought up his ton shortly be­fore Nolan was out to Lach­lan Od­die (1/31).

Od­die bowled some well con­trolled spin to tie up his end dur­ing the run spree.

Daniel Wark (1/14) bowled well to also con­tain the Tigers late in the in­nings and had Tay­lor caught by Od­die for 108. A late wicket to An­drew Cleve (1/26) saw the Tigers fin­ish 70 overs on 9/226.

Sun­day only brought rain, and it seemed for cer­tain that no play would get in dur­ing the day. But a break in weather en­sured some time at the crease. The Com­bine prob­a­bly wished it had con­tin­ued rain­ing.

A dis­as­trous 22 over pe­riod was faced. Barnes (0) went first ball and Tom Isedale (2) soon af­ter.

Zac Ni­chols added a smash­ing 17 but was soon bowled as well.

An­drew Parr (6), Wark (0) and Cleve (0) all couldn’t stay with skip­per An­der­son (6 n.o) who watched the dis­as­ter hap­pen from the other end.

The com­bine af­ter 16 overs were 6/36. Lach­lan Od­die capped a good Divi­sion One de­but with some rock solid de­fence to aid his cap­tain who faced out al­most half the overs him­self. The pair took the score to 41 with on over to go be­fore Od­die was bowled by Tol­l­i­day.

As if on cue, the heav­ens opened, fi­nally, and saved the Com­bine the em­bar­rass­ment of los­ing a match they should have al­ways drawn.

The Com­bine hosts Tocumwal un­der lights in Fin­ley on Jan 7 com­menc­ing at 5.30pm.

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