Cats can’t stop charg­ing Rhi­nos

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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.

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