Cats Div. Two re-claim Pat Mac Cup
Jerilderie’s Murray Valley Cricket Association Division Two season got off to a shaky start when hosting Finley.
The Cats wrestled back the much-coveted Pat Mac Cup for the first time in three years on Saturday.
Finley’s Paul Massingham won the toss, and on sending Jerilderie into bat, quickly had the home side in trouble, at 2/4.
Luke Keating and Frazer Pinnuck steadied the ship somewhat and at the drinks break had Jerilderie with a respectable score of 3/55 runs.
Immediately on resuming, Keating lost his wicket for a well-made 37 runs, but his replacement at the crease, Andy Neessen, knuckled down to the task, taking Jerilderie’s score along to 92 before being clean bowled by Alistair Clark for 22.
Jerilderie’s tail failed to make much of an impression on the scoreboard, with Jerilderie eventually being all out for 142 runs in the 34th over; with Pinnuck carrying his bat for a patient knock of 35 not out.
Finley tried all of their players at the bowling crease, with nine of them snaring wickets.
The only multiple wicket taker was Clark with two wickets for 20 runs off three overs, while two bowlers stood out for their containment; Archie Mason (1/9 off four), and Dan O’Bryan, (1/6 off two).
The Finley batsmen wasted no time in chasing down the total set by Jerilderie, with Clark being bowled by Adam Boag for 31 runs in the 14th over with the score at 80.
However, while four more Finley wickets fell at the other end, opener Ryan Donkin continued on his merry way, compiling 66 runs not out when Jerilderie’s total was overhauled in the 27th over.
New Jerilderie captain Mitch A’Vard was Jerilderie’s most successful bowler, sending down four overs to snare 3/26, while other Jerilderie wicket takers were Luke Keating (1/26 off five) and Adam Boag (1/21 off four).
Next week is a general bye, with Jerilderie travelling to Deniliquin and Finley hosting Cobram-Yarroweyah United for round two on Saturday, November 10.