Com­bine alive, but Hawks ready for kill

Southern Riverina news - - Sport -

The Daw­mac Premier Com­bine will need all their skill and de­ter­mi­na­tion this week­end to avoid out­right de­feat against Ba­rooga af­ter the Hawks dom­i­nated the open­ing day in Mur­ray Val­ley premier grade on Satur­day.

Win­ning the toss and bat­ting, the Com­bine were im­me­di­ately un­der pres­sure with the early wicket of Denis Hickey (2).

A team high part­ner­ship of 38 fol­lowed be­tween Daniel Hickey (15) and Tom Sin­clair (18) as the pair ne­go­ti­ated the fast and ac­cu­rate bowl­ing of Arif and Jaen­sch to get to the drinks in­ter­val with no fur­ther dam­age to the score card.

The re­fresh­ments failed to hit the spot how­ever as the Com­bine were oblit­er­ated af­ter the break.

Jaen­sch and Arif tore through the Com­bine bat­ting. From 2/40 the Com­bine were all out for 64 with Arif tak­ing 5/40 and Jaen­sch 5/10.

The Com­bine lasted just 28 overs. In need of an in­spired per­for­mance with the ball, the Com­bine al­most struck gold with a wicket in the first over, but Tom Wal­liss could not hold on to the hot chance which would have boosted the team’s con­fi­dence.

The dropped chance would not cost too much how­ever as skip­per Chris Shaw (2/20) re­moved open­ers in Stanyer (4) and Dim­ble (10) in quick suc­ces­sion to have Ba­rooga 2/16.

Peter Mag­ill bowled a Tro­jan like spell of 16 overs from the other end and was re­warded with a splen­did 3/33. He snared But­ler (10) and the vi­tal wicket of Maley (12) be­fore Wal­liss swal­lowed a catch off Root­sey (1) and sud­denly Ba­rooga were 5/48.

With their tails up the Com­bine went in for the kill. A half chance off Arif (51 n.o) whilst score­less would have seen the great­est Com­bine catch ever from Daniel Hickey, but it fell ag­o­nis­ingly to ground. From there, Ba­rooga took con­trol.

Some power hit­ting from Arif and stonewall de­fence from Daniel Davis (32 n.o) took Ba­rooga past the Com­bine first in­nings to­tal and to­wards triple fig­ures. At the close of the day Ba­rooga were 5/124 and well in con­trol.

Di­vi­sion 1 The Daw­mac Com­bine have a big chase ahead of them against Ba­rooga, but with 10 wick­ets still in hand, any­thing is pos­si­ble.

Ba­rooga bat­ted first on their home deck but strug­gled early with some good bowl­ing from Jack Yel­land (4/52) and Jonathon Oliver (1/28) hav­ing the Hawks in trou­ble at 3/16.

From there how­ever, O’dwyer (139) and Smith (51) took con­trol. A 98 run stand gave the Hawks the as­cen­dancy.

O’dwyer smashed 23 boundaries and three sixes in his knock and con­tin­ued to plun­der the at­tack af­ter Smith was bowled by James Mid­son (2/31).

A fur­ther 82 runs were added by Sut­ton (23) and O’dwyer as Ba­rooga could do no wrong scor­ing at will.

Zac Ni­chols (2/80) broke the strong hold with two good wick­ets af­ter Yel­land had fi­nally re­moved O’dwyer but the dam­age was well and truly done. Even­tu­ally the Hawks in­nings closed at 271.

With six overs to ne­go­ti­ate prior to stumps, Yel­land (4) and Lu­cas Pea­cock (6) en­sured no late wick­ets fell as they saw off the open­ing bowl­ing to close at 0/11 leav­ing 260 to win next week.

Di­vi­sion 2 Fin­ley Di­vi­sion 2’s late sea­son surge con­tin­ued on Satur­day with an­other strong win over Kata­matite at the Tigers’ home ground.

Bat­ting first, Fin­ley started scratchy with Aaron Morham (0) out early. A 52 run part­ner­ship though from An­drew Tay­lor (13) and Mar­cus Jack­son (70) gave the Cats a solid plat­form.

Jack­son was bril­liant with eight fours and a six to his credit. Af­ter Tay­lor was bowled, Lind­say Donkin (28) teamed up with the teenager to add a fur­ther 45.

Even­tu­ally the knock came to a close when Jack­son was bowled by Mc­cal­lum with the score 3/106.

His wicket trig­gered a ma­jor col­lapse as the re­main­ing Fin­ley bat­ters strug­gled to get go­ing. The Cats lost 7/42 to be all out for 148 in over 38.

With the com­pet­i­tive tar­get on the board, the em­pha­sis was now on bowl­ing well.

An­thony King (1/13) and Tay­lor (1/15) bowled well early to have Katy 2/26. Some solid mid­dle or­der bat­ting from Tom Pendle­bury (40 n.o) gave the Cats some mi­nor con­cerns as the score­board ticked over nicely for the home team.

En­ter Aaron Morham. In a de­struc­tive eight over spell, the spin­ner tore through the Katy mid­dle or­der to all but seal an im­pres­sive vic­tory.

He would claim a ca­reer best 5/14 as the Katy in­nings fell apart. Alis­ter Clarke im­pressed on his Di­vi­sion 2 de­but as well tak­ing 2/15 as Katy were all out for 117 in 37 overs.

The Cats host Katunga on Satur­day in Fin­ley

●●● Satur­day also sees the an­nual Pink Stumps Day for the Mcgrath Foun­da­tion.

The Com­bine will once again be sup­port­ing this great cause and be turn­ing pink on the week­end with Di­vi­sion 2 play­ing on Satur­day and Premier on Sun­day in Fin­ley.

Do­na­tions to this cause are ex­tremely wel­come and a raf­fle has been or­gan­ised with some kind do­na­tions from the club’s spon­sors. Get to the ground and sup­port the McGrath Foun­da­tion.

Star lo­cal at­trac­tion Dirty Deeds will be in ac­tion on Satur­day night.

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