Dees defend small total in thrilling win
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.