Tight squeeze for top four

Southern Riverina news - - LOCALCLASSIES -

The squeeze is on in the mid­dle of the Murray Val­ley Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion’s Premier Di­vi­sion ta­ble.

One win sep­a­rates third-placed Deni Rhi­nos and fifth-placed Nathalia af­ter the for­mer lost its sec­ond game in a row on Satur­day, with the Pur­ples and Ba­rooga (fourth) each snar­ing vic­tory to close the gap on the lad­der.

It was the Hawks who hunted down the Rhi­nos at Ba­rooga Re­cre­ation Re­serve, rolling the visi­tors for 130 be­fore chas­ing the tar­get down with six wick­ets in hand.

Riley Gow (3/31) and Zeke Bunge (2/23) bowled su­perbly for the Hawks as De­niliquin’s bats­men strug­gled to get go­ing across the in­nings.

It took un­til num­ber seven batsman Chris Pyle (20) and num­ber eight Harry Hil­lier (24 not out) for any of the Rhi­nos to reach 20 dur­ing their in­nings, but the side could not reach the end of their 45 overs and were dis­missed in the 43rd.

Sam Leigh (60 from 67 de­liv­er­ies) helped the Hawks make quick work of the chase, while Kale Watkins (25) and Amar Ul­lah (22 not out) also got starts. An­drew Ho­gan took 2/37 for the Rhi­nos. Kata­matite had a huge win against Co­bram-Yar­roweyah United at the week­end, and in the process con­signed the Wayne Bradley. Photo cour­tesy

com­bine to Di­vi­sion One for the re­main­der of the sea­son as the top tier drops to six teams for the two-day clashes.

Bray­den Beaton (67) and Tom Pendle­bury (3/11) led the way for the Tigers as they posted 8/216 and dis­missed United for just 86 inside 23 overs.

Ay­den Latessa (4/20 and 31) played al­most a lone hand for the com­bine in the de­feat, but skip­per Mitch Rich­mann (2/48 and 20) also showed re­sis­tance with bat and ball.

Harry Hil­lier play­ing a cover drive for the Deni Rhi­nos on Satur­day.

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