Finley too good for Bloods
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.