Bloods push Pur­ples

Southern Riverina news - - SPORT -

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.

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