Cats can’t stop charging Rhinos
Finley’s Premier Grade were defeated by Deniliquin on Saturday with the Rhinos far too good on their home wicket in the Murray Valley Cricket Association.
The relatively young Cats lineup battled hard with the ball but were no match with the bat as the Rhinos posted their consecutive win.
The Cats sent the hosts in and struck gold with the very first ball with stand in skipper Jonathon Oliver (1/17) snaring Ash Germano with a beauty.
Courtney Findlay stepped up to Premier and bowled well and removed the classy Anthony Bradley (7) LBW with the score 2/27.
From that point on the Cats could do nothing to stop Andrew Hogan and Brad Todd as the pair added 216 unbroken runs in a beautiful display of batting.
Hogan reached 117 whilst Todd was eventually left stranded on 98 in the final over as the Rhinos reached 2/243.
Darcy Webb deserves special praise for a brilliant spell for the Cats. Introduced into the attack when both batsman were in their 80s, the young bowler produced a superb spell of five overs conceding just six runs and bowling a maiden to tie down the Rhinos in the latter overs.
The Cats’ batting failed to get any traction with Deni openers Tom McGregor (2/23) and Brodie Bennett (5/18) ripping through the line-up.
Only Paul Massingham (12) got to double figures as the Cats again succumbed for a small score. Finley were all out for 56.
The Cats travel to Cobram for a two day Saturday-Sunday fixture this weekend.
Finley’s Division One side were also defeated by the Rhinos on Saturday with the hosts cruising to victory.
The hosts reached 3/199 thanks to 102 runs from Tim Hillier.
Will Bull added a handy 44 not out as the Rhinos took full toll on the small Memorial Park No.1 field.
For the Cats, Lachy Small picked up 2/11 to be the leading wicket taker.
The Cats batting started poorly losing four wickets very quickly.
Jed Brain (20) worked hard at the top but he was having trouble keeping partners.
When Brain departed a big partnership then developed between Anthony King (56) and Peter Magill (26) to give the Cats some hope.
The pair smashed boundaries at will with King hitting nine fours and a six and Magill four boundaries and a maximum to have the visitors still in the game.
Just as the game looked to be turning Magill was gone and King followed soon after.
Phillip Leatham (10) tried hard late but the tail couldn’t keep the fight up and the Cats finished on 127 after 32 overs.
The Cats now must rebound against Nathalia on Saturday at home.
The Division Two Cats are celebrating another win with a great victory achieved over Berrigan on Saturday.
The Cats controlled the game for the most part and only a slight hiccup in the batting gave the Finley supporters a few heart scares.
The Saints batted first and were immediately under pressure from the good bowling of Cougar McGrath (2/9) and Michael Laver (1/12) as the hosts struggled for early grip.
A handy 19 from Joe Karakai got the Saints going but a destructive spell from Lucas Peacock (5/8) turned the game in favour of the Cats.
The veteran performer wound back the clock with a great spell as he ripped through the middle order. The seven over spell saw four maidens and when it was finished the Saints were in big trouble.
Jorja Daniel (1/2) and Merv Percy (1/4) finished the innings with Berrigan all out for 61.
The target was near but it seemed miles away with the Cats off to a poor start with the blade.
Tom Isedale (1) went early and 21 runs between Steve (9) and Cougar McGrath (7) seemed to settle the nerves before four wickets in the space of six runs had the Cats nervous.
The wicket of Percy (6) with the score on 35 had the Cats six down and not out of the woods.
It was left to the experience of Peacock (14 n.o) and Andrew Taylor (19 n.o) to then guide the Cats home.
The pair slowly but surely turned the pendulum back in favour of Finley as they added 33 vital runs to secure the win. The Cats closed at 6/68 with eleven overs to spare. Division 2 host Cobram on Sunday. Finley’s Under 16s may have lost the game against Barooga on Thursday last week, but for those that witnessed the action, it certainly felt like a win.
The Cats had struggled the previous week when bowled out for just 21 before Barooga belted up a quickfire 5/92 in which Marcus Anderson took 3/2.
Sent in to survive overnight the Cats’ second dig was a far better display and one which certainly would have shocked the Hawks. The young Cats held firm and denied the strong Barooga line-up.
Duncan Clarke (14) did well at three but with a couple of wickets falling the Cats were still in trouble.
At 5/46 the Cats were in danger of being run over but a superb stand between Jordan Anthony (42) and Clay Webb (15 n.o) showed the resolve the young squad needed. The pair batted time and added 72 invaluable runs to the score.
Anthony hit seven fours in a team high score whilst Webb continued to display great technique and determination to deny the Hawks attack. Anthony departed with the score 118.
Corey Percy then joined the fray and added a career high 25 to stun the visitors.
By this stage the outright had been thwarted and despite being eventually bowled out for 151 the Cats had done the job they needed to do.
Barooga batted again and were 1/22 after three overs but nowhere near the target to pinch the outright win.
The Under 16s travel to Strathmerton on Friday.
The Under 14s were defeated by CobramYarroweyah United on Saturday but not before doing a mighty job in the field.
The Kittens had been bundled out for just 51 the week prior and needed everything to go right to have any chance of pulling off a win.
Archie Mason (3/7) bowled a great spell at the top of the order and was well supported by his teammates.
Nick Lunn (2/8), Shadeau Brain (2/11) and Declan Peacock (2/11) all snared multiple poles in a top team effort but the total proved too small as CYU were eventually bowled out for 99 in the chase.
The Kittens host Barooga on Saturday morning in their next match.
Finley’s Nick Lyons bowling in Division One against Deni.