Cats can’t capitalise
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.