Brave Bloods fall

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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.

Pho­tos courtesy Helen Barker.

English im­port Brad House in ac­tion dur­ing his de­but for Tocumwal on Satur­day.

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