Brave Bloods fall
Tocumwal’s first match back in Murray Valley’s Premier Division resulted in a 65 run defeat at the hands of Katamatite.
The Bloods put in a great effort and will no doubt benefit greatly from the outing as they head into a big fixture against CYU this weekend.
Winning the toss, Katamatite had no hesitation in batting first on their home pitch, resembling more of a major highway than a cricket wicket – flat and hard.
The Tigers saw opening bat Lachie Sharp (4) retire hurt after just three deliveries and the opening combination of Chris Shaw (2/42) and Andy Arthur (1/38) did a good job with the conditions clearly favouring the blade.
Shaw produced a gem to have import Sam Gordon (3) caught at second slip before trapping Andrew Erickson (17) LBW soon after. The Bloods had the Tigers 2/43.
Runs then flowed freely with a generous outfield gifting boundaries at will.
Another recruit, James Magowan (90) produced a superb knock for the Tigers despatching 12 boundaries and two ‘sixes’ in his knock.
Together with Tom Pendlebury (14) the pair added 59 runs for the third wicket.
When Pendlebury departed, bowled by Jesse Barker (1/51) the Tigers continued the avalanche of runs with Brayden Beaton (58) combining with Magowan for a match defining 97 run stand.
Beaton rode his luck and took to the attack. But the Bloods held tough and began to apply good pressure which was duly rewarded.
Four wickets for 15 runs fell to have the Tigers 7/214 with Magowan one of those to depart 10 short of a century.
Matthew Wilson (3/47) bowled effectively to halt the Katty charge. A dogged spell by Jordan Poynton also kept the Tigers in check.
The tail though wagged for the hosts who eventually closed on 7/254.
With the monster target, the Bloods got off to an excellent start thanks to an opening stanza of 82 between Daniel Hibberd (53) and Barker (38).
Hibberd made the most of the benign conditions finding the fence four times and going over it twice. The pair were doing a fabulous job to give the visitors a sniff of victory.
Hibberd though was eventually undone by some clever bowling by Josh Dickie (1/26) who got one through the opener’s defences.
The Bloods lost their momentum through the middle overs with the run rate slowing and a couple of key wickets falling.
Barker’s stoic knock ended with Toc 4/131 and the run rate continued to climb.
Some good batting by Troy Poynton (18) and recruit Brad House (13) gave the Bloods an outside chance of closing in on the target.
However with wickets falling and the target out of reach, Tocumwal settled to bat out time with James Balcombe (14 not out) in great late touch to see the Bloods close at 8/191.
Tocumwal’s Division One opened their Murray Valley Cricket Association season with a home loss to Cobram by 79 runs on Saturday.
The Tigers batted first reaching a challenging 9/187 from 40 overs.
Doug Edwards jr (50 not out) led the way for the visitors but received great support from Justin Peace (40) and Nick Kennedy (29).
The Bloods’ bowling was led by Reilly Rennick (4/20) who bowled a great spell with Rod Meloury (2/30) and Christina Roberts (2/33) both snaring a brace.
The run chase began brightly for the Bloods with Aarron Dale (14) and Paul Russell (16) building an opening partnership of 27.
But with both men out with the score on 45 the Bloods were in trouble.
Meloury (61) capped a great individual match with a standout innings, including 10 boundaries.
However the veteran bat could not build a partnership as wickets continued to tumble.
At 5/75 the innings was on tilt and it got a whole lot worse as Brodie Seccull (4/32) tore through the Bloods’ lower order, taking a double hat-trick with four in four balls to seal victory for the visitors.
Meloury was eventually the last man out with the score 108.
Tocumwal’s Division One travel to Finley on Saturday.
The Tocumwal Division Two season kicks off on Saturday, October 27 against Katunga.
Tocumwal’s junior season begins this weekend with the Under 16s travelling to Nathalia on Friday night and the Under 14s travelling to Jerilderie to take on the combined Berrigan/Jerilderie team on Saturday morning.
Tocumwal skipper Chris Shaw took 2/42 off his nine overs.
English import Brad House in action during his debut for Tocumwal on Saturday.