Missed op­por­tu­ni­ties costly for Bloods

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It was a tough day for Tocumwal’s Pre­mier Di­vi­sion team in the Mur­ray Val­ley Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion on Satur­day with Ba­rooga mak­ing the most of some gilt edged op­por­tu­ni­ties to win com­fort­ably against the Bloods.

Toc. won the toss and elected to bowl on a very green Ba­rooga deck which had been un­der cov­ers for most of the week.

Andy Arthur and Jesse Barker both bowled well with­out luck mak­ing use of the seam­ing con­di­tions.

But the Bloods were their own worst en­emy. Af­ter Matthew Wil­son (2/55 off nine) snared Sam Leigh (15), caught at slip, the vis­i­tors dropped Trent Bach­e­lor (140 not out) twice early on and it would ul­ti­mately prove costly.

The Bloods did cap­ture the prized wicket of Ri­ley Gow (14) to a sharp Brad House catch but the dam­age was done as Batch­e­lor went on the at­tack and to­gether with Kale Watkins (37) added 115 for the third wicket.

Tocumwal bat­tled hard and mixed their bowl­ing op­tions up. It was vet­eran Ranji Oliver (1/22 off five) who pro­vided the break­through snar­ing Watkins to an in­field popout.

Batch­e­lor by this stage was un­stop­pable and the open­ing bat pounced on the bad ball hit­ting 14 ‘fours’ and two ‘sixes’ in his un­beaten knock.

Amar Ul­lah (20) en­sured the runs flowed as Ba­rooga closed at 4/263 from 45 overs.

The seam­ing con­di­tions suited the Ba­rooga open­ing bowlers per­fectly, with Matthew Jaen­sch (1/6 off four) and Gow (2/17 off 8.2) mak­ing life dif­fi­cult for the Toc open­ers.

In a hor­ror open­ing the Bloods crum­bled to 4/21 to all but rule out a chase at vic­tory.

A de­fi­ant per­for­mance from skip­per Barker (31) and Oliver (9) chewed into the overs as the Ba­rooga bowl­ing at­tack be­gan to ease.

When Barker was out LBW and Oliver an over later it ap­peared the end was clos­ing in for a dis­ap­point­ing day but stand­ing to the chal­lenge was Reilly Ren­nick (48) who be­gan to at­tack the Hawks’ bowl­ing.

The young bat smashed four bound­aries and two tow­er­ing ‘sixes’ to get the score board over triple fig­ures.

On an oth­er­wise dark day the Bloods did well to only fall short of the com­pul­sory close by just 10 de­liv­er­ies and reach 133 in to­tal.

Tocumwal’s fi­nal one day fix­ture is against Nathalia at Nathalia on Satur­day.

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