Brave Cats can’t ruf­fle Hawks

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Ba­rooga re­mains on top of the Mur­ray Val­ley Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion Premier Grade lad­der af­ter a com­fort­able vic­tory over Fin­ley on Fri­day night in Round 5.

The Hawks won the toss and bat­ted on their home deck on a wicket which had plenty of sur­prise bounce early on and a light­ning quick out­field.

Some ef­fec­tive bowl­ing from Chris Shaw (2/24) ex­ploited this and the Hawks were un­der pres­sure early as they lost two wick­ets in con­sec­u­tive balls to the cap­tain to be strug­gling on 23.

The Cats bowled and fielded ex­tremely well as the Hawks were keen to take risks with run­ning be­tween the wick­ets.

Tom Barnes (2/26) and Paul Mass­ing­ham (1/49) took care of the next three wick­ets and sud­denly the Hawks were strug­gling at 5/53.

But as the Cats looked to take con­trol, the op­po­si­tion again was able to build a strong mid­dle or­der resur­gence.

Matt Dim­ble (66) was the main­stay of the in­nings as he and Justin Maley (25) added 68 for the sixth wicket.

James Mid­son (1/24) broke through re­mov­ing Maley, but an­other 39 runs were added be­tween Brodie Jukes (28 n.o) and Dim­ble to again foil the Cats.

Dim­ble was even­tu­ally caught be­hind off Lu­cas Peacock (1/30). This brought An­ton Noble (21 n.o) to the crease and again the Cats could not break through for a wicket.

To their credit how­ever, some tight field­ing re­stricted the Hawks to 7/200 off 45 overs.

The bat­ting per­for­mance of the Cats did not reach any great heights with some ex­cel­lent pace bowl­ing from Matthew Jaen­sch (4/12) and Mitch Rich­mann (3/16) do­ing the dam­age.

They ripped through the top or­der and Fin­ley never re­cov­ered. A stand alone 43 from Mass­ing­ham was the only high­light as the Cats strug­gled to be all out for 100 in 27 overs.

Some bat­ting im­prove­ment will need to come as the Cats travel to Tocumwal on Satur­day.

Division Two A su­perb rear­guard bat­ting per­for­mance from Nick Lyons (36 n.o) and Kyle Coates (13) proved the dif­fer­ence in an en­ter­tain­ing game at Fin­ley on Fri­day night.

Bat­ting first the Cats in­nings looked in all sorts of trou­ble with four wick­ets back in the shed and only 19 runs on the board.

Some mid­dle or­der magic though from Lach­lan Calder (19) and Merv Percy (25) stead­ied the ship and gave the Cats a rea­son­able plat­form to work from. But the wick­ets con­tin­ued to fall.

An­thony Holmes was at his bril­liant best snar­ing a mind­bog­gling 7/14 as the Cats strug­gled to lay bat on ball. Shane Mauger (13) toiled away late in the in­nings but the sav­ing grace was Lyons and Coates.

At 9/88 the in­nings was look­ing over but the pair added 42 valu­able runs in a stun­ning 10th wicket stand.

Lyons smashed six bound­aries in his knock and with Coates were able to steal sin­gles when re­quired.

With four overs to go how­ever the in­nings came to a close with the score, a de­fend­able 130.

Lyons con­tin­ued where he left off with the blade snar­ing the first wicket early on in the Saints run chase.

As seems to be the case in these grudge matches, the key wick­ets for the Cats were al­ways go­ing to be Neil Gra­ham (42) and Holmes (24), and thus it proved once again.

Gra­ham smashed four fours and a six in his knock but lost two part­ners along the way be­fore he was bowled by Philip Leatham (2/14).

The mid­dle or­der for the Saints strug­gled, leav­ing Holmes to carry the load. Some ex­cel­lent bowl­ing form Lach­lan Od­die (3/15) tore through the Saints bat­ting.

Wick­ets con­tin­ued to fall and at 7/87 the game was evenly poised, es­pe­cially with Holmes still in.

Mauger (2/21) and Coates (1/24) steered vic­tory closer for the Cats with three crit­i­cal wick­ets.

At 9/109 the Saints still had a sniff of pinch­ing an un­likely vic­tory but Lach­lan Calder (1/6) bowled just one ball of the 35th over and it re­moved Holmes to end the match. Fin­ley won by 17 runs.

The Cats host Co­bram 1 on Satur­day.

Un­der 16s The Cats were com­pre­hen­sively beaten last week against Strath­mer­ton/Katunga but did avoid out­right de­feat.

The Com­bine con­tin­ued their in­nings and com­fort­ably won first in­nings points.

The Cats bowl­ing was quite solid as Damien Wil­son took a classy 4/37.

Jonothan Oliver (2/20) and Jar­rod Morham (2/17) were the other wicket tak­ers as the home side were even­tu­ally bowled out for 103.

Need­ing to sur­vive 26 overs, the Cats looked far from do­ing this early on. Again the bat­ting failed early and at 5/15 the in­nings was in dire straits.

But some re­spon­si­ble bat­ting from Michael McRae (26 n.o) steered the Cats to safer wa­ters.

Ethan Mills (6) and Daniel Mont­gomery (4 n.o) ne­go­ti­ated some good bowl­ing with McRae to avoid the em­bar­rass­ment of be­ing out­righted.

The Cats host CYU to­mor­row night.

Un­der 14s The young Cats al­most pulled off a re­mark­able vic­tory last Thurs­day night against Ber­ri­gan in a tense bat­tle.

Re­quir­ing 107 to win the Cats re­sumed at 2/4 and in se­ri­ous trou­ble. This trou­ble was ex­ac­er­bated with the dis­missal of Jorja Daniel early on.

The Cats though re­mained re­silient.

Matthew Wil­son smashed a fast 11 be­fore skip­per Cameron Isedale (17) pro­duced a stun­ning leader’s knock. When Da­mon An­der­son (8) joined him at the crease at 6/40 vic­tory looked miles away, but the de­ter­mi­na­tion of the pair is to be cred­ited.

Through stay­ing at the crease, the pair added 39 valu­able runs. The ma­jor­ity of which were gifted by the Saints in ex­tras.

Sun­dries ended up be­ing the Cats’ chief run scorer with 49 (31 wides) but as the young Cats have come to re­alise; if you’re out, you can’t get ex­tras!

Even­tu­ally the ex­cel­lent bowl­ing of Con­nor Thorn­ton (5/6) proved the dif­fer­ence as he ripped through the tail end of the Cats bat­ting but not be­fore giv­ing them an almighty scare.

The Cats bat­ted a re­mark­able 48 overs and were all out for 90.

The Cats travel to Jer­ilderie this week.

Tom Barnes, who took 2/26, in ac­tion against Ba­rooga on Fri­day evening.

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