Dees de­fend small to­tal in thrilling win

Southern Riverina news - - LOCALCLASSIES -

Jer­ilderie jour­neyed to the pretty Yalca North ground to take on Nathalia in their Murray Val­ley Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion Di­vi­sion Two match on Satur­day.

On win­ning the toss the Demons de­cided to bat.

Jer­ilderie open­ers Blair Hen­ery and Grant Smith got Jer­ilderie off to their best start for the sea­son, rack­ing up 44 be­fore Smith fell for 28 runs in the 11th over.

Hen­ery didn’t last much longer, be­ing clean bowled for 19, but Rob Mar­shall and Fraser Pin­nuck, both pro­moted in the bat­ting or­der, steadily built Jer­ilderie’s score be­fore Mar­shall was out LBW for 16, with the score at 76.

When Pin­nuck went out for 12 and the score on 86, no other Jer­ilderie bats­men reached dou­ble fig­ures, and their in­nings ended in the last over, all out for 114.

The bowlers who did the most dam­age for Nathalia were Hay­den Brown (4/24 off seven overs) and Don Brown (2/11 off six).

Once again faced with a very mod­er­ate score to de­fend, Jer­ilderie’s open­ing bowlers Hen­ery and Smith com­pletely shut down Nathalia’s run chase.

When the pair were given a spell of five overs each the Nathalia score stood at a mea­gre 20 runs, for the loss of one wicket.

The tight bowl­ing by Jer­ilderie’s open­ing bowlers paved the way for Fraser Pin­nuck and Luke Keat­ing to make in­roads into Nathalia’s bat­ting or­der, when the Pur­ples bats­men tried to up the ante.

At the end of their al­lot­ted 35 overs Nathalia were 9/99, Luke Keat­ing fin­ish­ing the day with 4/21 off six overs.

Fraser Pin­nuck trun­dled down five overs to pick up two wick­ets while giv­ing away only six runs.

This week Jer­ilderie host the Deni Rhi­nos at Monash Park, which will be their last game for 2018, hav­ing the bye in round seven.

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