Missed op­por­tu­nity

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It was a case of close but not close enough for Finley on the week­end with the Pre­mier Cats go­ing down to Ba­rooga in an out­right de­feat by 72 runs in round 12 of the Mur­ray Val­ley Cricket sea­son.

In a game of vary­ing for­tunes, the Cats will rue the missed op­por­tu­nity to knock off one of the pre­mier­ship favourites.

Win­ning the toss and elect­ing to bowl, the Cats struck al­most im­me­di­ately with Darcy Webb (2/15) re­mov­ing the dan­ger­ous Ri­ley Gow (one).

He then snared Sam Leigh (20) and the Cats had two big wick­ets with 29 on the board.

A cou­ple of gilt edge op­por­tu­ni­ties went past the Cats but the young squad kept their com­po­sure and con­tin­ued to at­tack.

Jesse Barker (1/25) pro­duced a rip­per to re­move Kale Watkins (nine) be­fore a sus­tained pe­riod of dot ball pres­sure by the Cats be­gan to take its toll on the Hawks.

Jamie Stanyer proved the stum­bling block with a de­ter­mined 43 be­fore Rus­sell Stock­dale (5/22) stepped up big and the Cats tore through the mid­dle and lower or­der.

Runs dried up and the wick­ets flowed. Shadeau Brain (1/2) snared his first Pre­mier Grade wicket late as Finley dis­missed the hosts for just 117.

The Cats got away to a bad start with the bat los­ing Daniel Hib­berd (eight) and Dan McHugh (0) early and the in­nings was in trou­ble.

Barker (seven) dug in to keep out some ex­cel­lent Ba­rooga bowl­ing and Cougar McGrath (13) worked the ball around well. But wick­ets con­tin­ued to tumble. At 4/33 the in­nings was in the bal­ance.

A 29 run part­ner­ship be­tween Mat­thew Wil­son (nine) and Stock­dale (32) gave the Cats a sniff of vic­tory. As stumps ap­proached though the Cats stum­bled badly los­ing four wick­ets quickly in­clud­ing the vi­tal scalp of Stock­dale and at the end of Satur­day’s play the Cats were 8/76.

Re­sum­ing Sun­day the Cats were only able to add 10 runs be­fore be­ing dis­missed.

Webb (10) belted a huge six in the open­ing over of the day but the Cats fell short by 31 runs on first in­nings.

Bat­ting again Ba­rooga went hard chas­ing quick runs.

Gow (60) made up for his first in­nings fail­ure with a su­perb knock and Leigh (30) also made a handy con­tri­bu­tion. The Cats at­tacked hard though. Stock­dale picked up two wick­ets in two balls to cur­tail the Hawks’ charge and should al­most have had a hat-trick with Watkins (43) just sur­viv­ing a huge shout.

Watkins worked the ball around well with Gow be­fore Wil­son (3/21) was in­tro­duced and took three very quick wick­ets to have the Hawks five down.

Not long af­ter the hosts de­clared at 5/143 with an over­all lead of 174.

With ab­so­lutely noth­ing to gain from play­ing for a draw the Cats went on the at­tack from the start.

Three wick­ets fell quickly but runs flowed at a run a ball rate.

At 3/10 the as­sault looked fu­tile but Wil­son (51) rose to the chal­lenge and smashed the at­tack to all parts.

The young bat belted six fours and a six in his knock and with Cameron Isedale (14) the Cats threw ev­ery­thing at the Hawks.

When both bats were dis­missed the tar­get was out of sight and de­spite some de­ter­mined strik­ing the Cats were all out for 103 in the chase.

The Cats re­turn home and host Waaia over the next two Satur­days.

Finley’s Di­vi­sion Two had a huge vic­tory on Satur­day against Co­bram-Yar­roweyah United with the win edg­ing the Cats closer to ce­ment­ing a top four spot on the lad­der.

CYU bat­ted first but were no match for the Cats’ strong bowl­ing at­tack.

The Blues were re­stricted to 8/86 from their 35 overs with James Mid­son (2/13), Paul Mass­ing­ham (2/21) and Phillip Leatham (3/11) bowl­ing su­perbly to keep the vis­i­tors in check.

In reply the Cats made light work of the chase with a su­perb un­beaten stand be­tween Justin Crow­ley (24 not out) and Rus­sell An­der­son (55 not out) giv­ing the vis­i­tors no hope of vic­tory.

An­der­son was at his dom­i­nant best with three ‘fours’ and a ‘six’ in his first half cen­tury of the sea­son.

It took just 17 overs for the Cats to chase down CYU’s to­tal, fin­ish­ing 0/88 in a 10 wicket win.

The Cats con­tinue their chase for a fi­nals spot against Tocumwal on Satur­day.

De­tails on Finley’s ju­nior cricket side re­sults on page ??.

RIGHT: Di­vi­sion Two opener Rus­sell An­der­son cel­e­brates his half cen­tury in the Cats’ 10 wicket win over CYU on Satur­day af­ter­noon. Photo cour­tesy Terri-Lea An­der­son.

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