Young Toc. side will keep fight­ing

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Tocumwal might only have a 1-6 record in the Mur­ray Val­ley Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion Premier Divi­sion, but the young side cer­tainly has some fight.

In the Bloods’ first sea­son in Premier Divi­sion, the bat­ting has been con­sis­tent with high scores led by Jesse Barker.

Barker top scored with 115 runs in one in­nings and at the Christ­mas break fin­ishes with an av­er­age of 36.00.

Barker has also bowled strongly for Tocumwal, claim­ing 13 wick­ets and an av­er­age of 21.73.

Rod Meloury and Ranji Oliver have both backed up Barker with av­er­ages of 38.00 and 29.67 re­spec­tively.

Off sea­son recruit Daniel Hib­berd has un­sur­pris­ingly shown his vet­eran sta­tus scor­ing 184 runs in seven in­nings.

Cap­tain Chris Shaw said he’s been happy with how the sea­son has un­folded for the young team.

‘‘I think we’re do­ing pretty well in the top flight con­sid­er­ing it’s the first time in about six years we’ve played in Premier; it’s a learn­ing curve for the young play­ers,’’ he said.

‘‘At the start of the sea­son we went in want­ing to es­tab­lish our young team and make sure they can get a taste of what Premier Divi­sion is about.

‘‘Michael Roberts has done a re­ally good job be­hind the wick­ets and has also contributed with the bat.

‘‘The big high­light was get­ting the first win on the board; that was spe­cial for the play­ers and the club.

‘‘Over­all I’m ex­tremely happy with ev­ery player; they’ve all contributed.’’

Lead­ing the way for the Tocumwal bowl­ing has been Fin­ley recruit Matt Wilson, snar­ing 14 wick­ets for Tocumwal.

Also chim­ing in with wick­ets have been Jesse Barker (11) and An­drew Arthur (8).

‘‘Young Matt has done re­ally well with his off-spin­ners and has been backed up by Jesse and An­drew as the seam bowlers,’’ Shaw said.

‘‘Jesse is quite a tal­ented crick­eter, he’s our vice cap­tain and will be a big part of the Tocumwal Cricket Club fu­ture.’’

Shaw said mov­ing for­ward the team ‘‘just has to keep im­prov­ing’’.

‘‘We can im­prove in all ar­eas by sim­ple things like bat­ting out our overs or putting up a score we can de­fend if bat­ting first.’’

Tocumwal will play Kata­matite over the next two week­ends at the Tocumwal Recre­ation Re­serve, as part of the two day fix­ture.

The last times these two teams played was in round one with Kata­matite scor­ing 254 runs and Tocumwal 189.

Hib­berd top scored for Tocumwal with 53 and Wilson snared three wick­ets, plus Shaw chimed in with two.

‘‘We played well against them in round one. They’re a qual­ity side who are chas­ing a fi­nals spot so it’ll be a chal­lenge but I’m con­fi­dent the boys can get the job done and put in a good ef­fort.’’

The match be­tween Tocumwal and Kata­matite starts at 12.30pm at the Tocumwal Recre­ation Re­serve.

Tocumwal Divi­sion One will be play­ing an away game against Co­bram, whilst the Divi­sion Two side plays CYU at Co­bram Scott Re­serve. Both games start at 1pm.

Photo cour­tesy of He­len Barker.

Jesse Barker has been a star for Tocumwal with both bat and ball. So far this sea­son he has scored 216 runs in­clud­ing a cen­tury and has taken 11 wick­ets.

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