Bloods push Purples
Tocumwal’s final one day fixture of the season resulted in a three wicket defeat to Nathalia.
The Bloods looked likely to get wiped off the park but stuck to their guns and almost brought about a massive upset late in the day.
Winning the toss and batting first, the Bloods lost two early wickets and at 2/16 were in a little strife.
A 53 run stand between Ranji Oliver (49) and Brad House (18) stabilised the innings and got the Bloods back on track.
The pair negotiated some tidy Purples bowling but capitalised on the poor ball.
A couple of quick wickets threatened to leave the middle order exposed but Oliver and Reilly Rennick (36) continued to chip away.
By this stage Nathalia were leaking extras at will and the Bloods gleefully accepted the charity.
Oliver departed with the score on 108 but Rennick continued a superb week of batting with another vital knock.
Runs ticked over nicely as the Bloods batted out their overs thanks to Andy Arthur’s unbeaten 14 and the Bloods set Nathalia 179 for victory.
The Purples innings could not have started any worse for the Bloods with the hosts getting off to a flyer.
The pair of Scott Morris (56) and Adam Jorgensen (45) were in no mood to waste time and blasted the Bloods to all parts.
The pair batted sublimely and brought up a 100 run partnership at just short of a run a ball.
The drinks break couldn’t come quick enough for the visitors and after the refreshments, the Bloods began to strike.
Rennick (2/38 off seven) had Jorgensen well caught on the boundary before Arthur (2/46 off seven) had new bat Summerville (7) well caught at deep mid on.
Nathalia were keen to keep the scoreboard rolling but were beginning to falter.
Two more wickets fell with the score 133 and at 4/133 the game was still alive.
The steady heads of Luke Quinn (13) and Brodie Ross (30 not out) looked likely to steer the hosts home but another twist was to come.
Matthew Wilson (3/36 off eight) turned the game in one over with a three wicket haul putting the hosts on the back foot.
Suddenly the Bloods had life with Nathalia having three wickets in hand and still 20 runs required.
The Bloods bowled well but just couldn’t find the eighth wicket.
Ross batted smartly and chipped away the last 20 runs with a nervous Henry Congues (two not out) holding up the other end.
A blast down the ground by Ross sealed a Nathalia win but the Bloods would consider this a game that got away.
Two-day cricket starts this week with Tocumwal travelling back to Barooga.
Tocumwal’s Division One side were defeated by 109 runs at the hands of league leading Katunga on Saturday.
The Swans reached 4/245 thanks to an unbeaten 104 from Joshua Macfayden.
He was ably supported by Trent Baker with 93 with the pair putting on 141 for the second wicket.
The Bloods were no match for the Swans eventually bowled out for 133 in 33 overs. Toc. travel to Berrigan on Saturday.
The Division Two Bloods celebrated a hard fought victory against Finley last Thursday evening.
Batting first under lights, Toc. got off to a great start with an opening partnership of 45 from Andrew Jones (17) and Rod Meloury (20) giving the visitors a good platform.
Troy Poynton (48) returned to form batting at three belting six boundaries in an important knock.
The Bloods continued to lose wickets regularly though the middle order and despite a vital 27 from Keith StevensVenville, Finley continued to attack the stumps.
The Cats continued to take wickets but were conceding plenty of extras with a total of 40 allowed as they eventually dismissed the Bloods in the 34th over.
Finley began the chase well with a 48 run opening partnership between Tom Isedale (seven) and Adnan Malik (36) giving the hosts a superb start.
The Cats were on top but StevensVenville (3/18 off six) produced a gem of a spell to remove both openers as the Bloods applied great pressure.
Angus Robertson (29) stood tall for the hosts with an important knock as the Cats closed in on the target.
With 36 runs to get and six wickets in hand the Cats were looking likely to get a big win but Poynton (3/20 off six) returned for his second spell and ripped through the middle and lower order.
He bowled Robertson with the score 129 and from that point on the Cats couldn’t find many more runs.
Skipper Jones (2/20 off four) picked up two late poles as the Cats were all out for 138 handing the Bloods a 22 run win.
Tocumwal will be at home to Nathalia for round six on Saturday.