Dees bowlers dig deep
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.