Cats can’t cap­i­talise

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Finley’s fi­nal day of Pre­mier Cricket this Satur­day sees the Cats re­quir­ing a fur­ther 209 runs to win against fi­nals con­tender Co­bram .

The Cats once again proved they can be deadly with the ball, but land­ing the knock­out punch has been the one thing that has eluded the team all sea­son.

Co­bram won the toss and had no hes­i­ta­tion in bat­ting first.

The Cats though tore through the top or­der to leave the Tigers 4/35 with Chris Shaw (4/49) and Darcy Webb (2/23) us­ing the con­di­tions to per­fec­tion.

A handy 48 run stanza between Manny Ar­tavilla (32) and Jonathan Fearn (55) stead­ied the mid­dle or­der for the vis­i­tors but the Cats con­tin­ued to bowl well and in part­ner­ships.

Ar­tavilla was even­tu­ally bowled by Dan McHugh (2/53) who then snared Fearn to a great grab by Rus­sell Stock­dale at short cover.

At 6/106 the Cats had put them­selves in a dom­i­nant po­si­tion.

But Finley sim­ply couldn’t fin­ish off the Tigers’ bat­ting.

Izac Ar­tavilla (44), Ty­ron Baden (37) and Lach­lan Hyde (47) frus­trated the Cats with some good bat­ting as the chances for wick­ets dried up.

As the score passed 200, the Cats threw ev­ery­thing at the Tigers.

Baden was even­tu­ally stumped off Stock­dale (2/60) be­fore Shaw re­moved Ar­tavilla caught at slip.

The tail for Co­bram even­tu­ally saw them reach 249 in 58 overs.

With 22 overs to bat for the day, skip­per Shaw (9) and Daniel Hib­berd (21) got off to a pos­i­tive start.

Hib­berd hit a ‘four’ and a ‘six’ in the early go­ing to get the score­board rolling.

Con­di­tions were tricky with the pitch pro­vid­ing good seam move­ment for the Tigers’ at­tack but the two bats dug in.

With the day com­ing to an end the Cats lost both bats­men late in the day.

Adam De­ci­cco (2/8) trapped Shaw LBW be­fore Hib­berd chipped one back to the bowler with only 10 balls left in the day’s play.

Matthew Wil­son (one not out) and McHugh (nine not out) got to the close with the Cats 2/41.

The sea­son fi­nale starts at 12.30pm Satur­day.

Finley’s Di­vi­sion Two earned six points with­out a ball be­ing bowled on Satur­day with Berri­gan un­for­tu­nately be­ing forced to for­feit the penul­ti­mate fix­ture of the sea­son.

As a re­sult the Cats’ fi­nal game of the sea­son against Waaia be­comes an elim­i­na­tion fi­nal with the vic­tor se­cur­ing a fi­nals spot. The game is at Waaia on Sun­day.

The Com­bine Cats Un­der 16s sea­son has come to end with a dis­ap­point­ing semi fi­nal de­feat on Fri­day night against Katunga.

The Swans dom­i­nated the con­test from the start as the Cats were un­able to chase down the big tar­get.

With a white ball and un­der lights at Ba­rooga, Katunga were all out for 168 in the fi­nal over of their al­lot­ted 40.

Kody Jack­son was the star with a well made 69 for the Swans.

The Cats bat­tled hard with the ball with Clay Webb (3/11), Bai­ley Coombs (2/24) and Ni­cholas Lunn (2/6) the best of the bowlers.

In re­ply the Cats were hum­bled for just 67 in 22 overs.

The Swans crip­pled the Cats’ bat­ting tak­ing three quick wick­ets with just nine runs on the board.

From that point the Swans were in cruise con­trol with only Ben Neessen (23) and Har­vey White (11) reach­ing dou­ble fig­ures.

It was a dis­ap­point­ing end to the sea­son but mak­ing the fi­nals was cer­tainly a great ac­com­plish­ment.

The Un­der 16s Grand Fi­nal between Co­bram and Katunga will be played at Finley this Fri­day night from 5.30pm.

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