Dees bowlers dig deep

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Be­cause their home pitch was un­playable, Jer­ilderie trav­elled to Katunga for round four of the Mur­ray Val­ley Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion Di­vi­sion Two sea­son.

Jer­ilderie won the toss and de­cided to bat, only to be in im­me­di­ate trou­ble los­ing the wicket of Grant Smith (0) in the first over.

Dy­lan Hen­ery also lost his wicket with­out scor­ing and af­ter three overs Jer­ilderie were in all sorts of trou­ble at 2/5.

Re­turn­ing player Rob Mar­shall showed age has not wea­ried him, as he and Blair Hen­ery dug in to take the score along to 22 in the 15th over be­fore Mar­shall was out LBW for 10.

Fraser Pin­nuck joined Hen­ery at the crease and to­gether they built a steady part­ner­ship un­til the lat­ter skied one to be out caught for 42 in the 31st over, with the score at 98.

In the chase for runs Mitch A’Vard (nine) lost his wicket to a run out, with younger brother Alex (six) also go­ing the same way in the search for runs.

At the end of the al­lot­ted 35 overs Jer­ilderie were 8/118.

Suc­cess­ful bowlers for Katunga were Trent Baker (2/20 off six), Josh Mac­fadyen (3/23 off seven) and Nick Thorp (1/14 off four).

Try­ing to con­tain Katunga’s run chase got off to a rocky start, and although pick­ing up three wick­ets, at the end of 11 overs Katunga had reached 46 and ap­peared to be cruis­ing to vic­tory.

Jer­ilderie stepped up to the chal­lenge how­ever with Fraser Pin­nuck and Mar­shall wreak­ing havoc among the Katunga bats­men.

In the space of seven overs the Swans lost five wick­ets while only adding 20 runs to their to­tal.

With just two wick­ets in hand, Katunga tried to mount a rear-guard ac­tion but to no avail, with cap­tain Mitch A’Vard clean­ing up the tail to have Katunga all out for 85 runs in the 24th over.

Wicket tak­ers for Jer­ilderie were Hen­ery (3/18 off six), Mar­shall (3/18 off seven), Pin­nuck (2/12 off four) and Mitch A’Vard (2/1 off 1.3).

Jer­ilderie travel to Nathalia for an al­limpor­tant match on Satur­day.

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