Cats go down fight­ing

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It was an out­right de­feat for Fin­ley’s Premier Grade in the two-day match played Satur­day and Sun­day against Co­bram.

On the sur­face it would look like an­other dis­ap­point­ing per­for­mance, but the Cats sent a real scare through the premier­ship con­tender and an­other wicket at a vi­tal time could have seen Fin­ley shock the league.

The Cats won the toss and bat­ted first in what was round nine of Mur­ray Val­ley Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion.

On an un­usu­ally slow and life­less Co­bram wicket the Cats were bowled out for just 75 in their first in­nings.

The top five all got starts but couldn’t go on with it as wick­ets fell at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals.

Daniel Hib­berd (13), Jonathon Oliver (14), Rus­sell An­der­son (10), Court­ney Find­lay (10) and Matthew Wil­son (13 n.o) all made it into dou­ble fig­ures.

The young Cats’ tail was left ex­posed as Tay­lor Pugh tore through the lower or­der to take 4/1 off just five overs.

The mea­gre to­tal should have been easy pick­ings for last year’s run­ners-up but the Cats had other ideas.

With 20 min­utes to bowl prior to tea Michael Laver (4/25), on his Premier bowl­ing de­but, opened the at­tack and took two con­sec­u­tive poles. Adam Wif­fen (4) mist­imed one to mid-on be­fore Ashley Saun­ders (0) caught a lead­ing edge and was pouched at mid­wicket and the score was 2/11.

Upon re­sump­tion Laver just missed his hat-trick but Daniel Hib­berd (1/23) re­turned to the bowl­ing stocks to snare the golden wicket of Shaun Downie (6) bowled with his first de­liv­ery.

Laver then pro­duced a gem to re­move Ar­tavilla (0) and the Cats had Co­bram 4/18.

The Cats pushed hard for an­other break­through. Co­bram skip­per Manny Ar­tavilla (56) and Pugh (23) then stead­ied the in­nings for the hosts.

De­spite a huge ap­peal against Pugh the Cats couldn’t find the vi­tal fifth wicket.

Ar­tavilla and Pugh chipped away at the tar­get.

The Cats kept fight­ing hard — Pugh was dis­missed with the scores level, bowled by Find­lay (1/43) be­fore the Tigers crept past the to­tal and went on the at­tack.

An­drew Ho­gan (30) and Lach­lan Hyde (15 n.o) kept the score­board flow­ing as the lead even­tu­ally reached 81.

Ho­gan was the eighth and last wicket to fall to Laver as Co­bram then de­clared with seven overs re­main­ing in day one (Satur­day).

Darcy Webb and Wil­son snared a wicket each whilst Dun­can Clarke snared three su­perb catches for the Cats.

The last seven overs saw the Cats keen to sur­vive with­out a wicket lost. Hib­berd (39) came out on the at­tack hit­ting three fours and a six be­fore the close of play to see Fin­ley 0/23 at stumps.

Re­sum­ing Sun­day, Hib­berd and Cameron Isedale (10) ne­go­ti­ated the early overs with Hib­berd find­ing the rope three more times. With the score on 45 how­ever, he was ad­judged LBW to end a fine knock.

Isedale bat­ted de­fi­antly for 25 overs but was even­tu­ally bowled be­fore Wil­son sent the ball fly­ing with a quickfire 18.

Find­lay added 13 but with the deficit erased the young Cats couldn’t build a big enough to­tal and the in­nings closed with 94 on the board.

The Tigers wasted lit­tle time hit­ting the 13 runs re­quired and the game con­cluded with Co­bram 10 wicket win­ners.

The Cats’ fi­nal game for 2016 sees them host Kata­matite in a very winnable game.

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