Fin­ley too good for Bloods

Southern Riverina news - - SUMMER SPORTS 2018 -

Fin­ley’s Di­vi­sion One side had a break­through win in round two of the Mur­ray Val­ley Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion on Satur­day.

Host­ing Tocumwal, Fin­ley were dom­i­nant with the bat and ball on their home turf, record­ing an 85 run vic­tory.

At one stage it looked like the weather gods would in­ter­vene and put a se­vere damp­ener on the game, how­ever af­ter clear­ing out the game be­came a 38 over fix­ture.

Cats skip­per Rus­sell An­der­son won the toss again and had no hes­i­ta­tion in mak­ing first use of the fresh pitch.

The Cats got off to an­other flyer with Cougar McGrath and Adnan Ma­lik putting on 31 for the first wicket.

When McGrath (13) fell it was a dou­ble break­through for the Bloods with Ian Armer be­ing ad­judged LBW with­out trou­bling the scor­ers.

Justin Crow­ley (6) and Ma­lik (36) sta­bilised and saw the score progress to 60 be­fore Crow­ley de­parted, soon to be fol­lowed by Dun­can Clarke and Ma­lik.

It was left to An­der­son (57 not out) and Paul Mass­ing­ham (44) to put a re­spectable score on the board. The pair put on 84 be­fore the Cats fin­ished their overs on 7/163.

The Bloods’ bowl­ing was led by Keith Stevens-Venville (3/30 off eight) and Christina Roberts (3/17 off eight) who both bowled great spells.

The run chase started poorly for the Bloods los­ing two early wick­ets. Rod Meloury (20) and Stevens-Venville (29) tried valiantly to keep the score­board tick­ing over with the latter belt­ing three fours and a six.

The Bloods found it dif­fi­cult in the mid­dle with some ex­cel­lent bowl­ing from Darcy Webb (1/13 off six) and Da­mon An­der­son (1/12 off six) re­strict­ing the scor­ing to two runs per over.

Meloury put up a great fight to keep the Bloods in the hunt; how­ever, when he fell in the 19th over the Cats got on a roll.

McGrath was the main de­stroyer with the ball tak­ing 5/14 off 7.4 overs with Tocumwal even­tu­ally dis­missed in the 28th over for 78.

Fin­ley’s Di­vi­sion One play Ber­ri­gan to­mor­row night un­der lights start­ing at 5pm, while Di­vi­sion Two start their sea­son with a road trip to Jer­ilderie.

An op­por­tu­nity to bounce back for the Bloods oc­curs on Satur­day when they travel to Nathalia.

Tocumwal’s Di­vi­sion Two side starts their sea­son on Satur­day trav­el­ling to Katunga.

The Fin­ley/Jer­ilderie Com­bine Cats U16s took on Ba­rooga on Fri­day night with the Com­bine set­ting the pace early.

In the 20/20 fix­ture they fin­ished 5/103 off their 20 overs with Alex A’Vard (22) and Ed Haynes (24) plun­der­ing the Ba­rooga at­tack all around the park.

Zan­der Nash picked up where they left off hit­ting a well com­plied 22, while Nick Lunn

Tocumwal’s Mur­ray Val­ley Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion Un­der 16 sea­son be­gan last Fri­day night with an away vic­tory over Nathalia.

The young Bloods did a su­perb job to re­strict the Pur­ples to 8/60 from their 20 overs with Pa­trick Ben­nett (2/7) and An­gus Bouch­ier (2/4) both snar­ing a brace. In re­ply the Bloods took con­trol early with Bai­ley Mor­ton (30) steer­ing the team to­wards the vic­tory.

Chase Hard­widge (12 not out) en­sured a win­ning start to the sea­son as the Bloods got home by five wick­ets.

Tocumwal will be at home in round two against Fin­ley/Jer­ilderie Com­bine to­mor­row night. (five) and Will Sex­ton (five) were there when the Com­bine side fin­ished their overs.

Ba­rooga never got go­ing with the bat. Oliver Knight was the chief de­stroyer with the ball for the Com­bine tak­ing 4/7 off two overs. Haynes, Nash and Shadeau Brain were out­stand­ing in the field and Shir­sho Roy fin­ished off the tai-endl claim­ing 2/3 off his over to have Ba­rooga all out for 34.

The Un­der 14s will con­tinue their two game fix­ture against De­niliquin and U12s host Jer­ilderie at the High School.

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