Deni down Dees

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Jer­ilderie’s hopes for a Mur­ray Val­ley Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion Di­vi­sion Two fi­nals ap­pear­ance took a mas­sive blow, fol­low­ing a 16 run loss to the Deni Rhi­nos on Satur­day.

Jer­ilderie won the toss at their home ground and sent Deni in to bat.

The Rhi­nos steadily built their in­nings, at the end of nine overs hav­ing 22 runs on the board without loss, only to lose two quick wick­ets — Tom McCal­lum (five) and Dom Read (12) — in Rory Knight’s (2/17 off five) fifth over.

The Rhi­nos con­tin­ued to lose wick­ets, ex­cept Rhys West­cott, who put up strong re­sis­tance to be De­niliquin’s last bats­man out with the score at 108.

West­cott con­trib­uted a match-win­ning score of 63 from his own bat, which in­cluded seven bound­aries and two ‘sixes’.

Jer­ilderie’s lead­ing wicket taker was Dy­lan Hen­ery, tak­ing 3/1 off three overs, with Robert Mar­shall (2/15 off seven) and Luke Keat­ing (2/34 off six) also bowl­ing well.

Chas­ing down the seem­ingly mod­est score set by the Rhi­nos, Jer­ilderie suf­fered early set-backs when first Justin Law­ton (one) and Dy­lan Hen­ery (one), were quickly sent pack­ing by Brock Ezard (3/17 off seven).

From there, a steady pa­rade of Jer­ilderie bats­men to the pavil­ion fol­lowed, Jer­ilderie be­ing all out for 92 in the 25th over.

Only Knight, in a good game with both bat and ball, De­mons cap­tain Mitch A’Vard and Adam Boag, reached dou­ble fig­ures, as the Rhi­nos cruised to their fourth win of the sea­son.

The visi­tors’ best bowlers in­cluded Ezard, An­drew Hol­loway (3/25 off seven) and debu­tant Paul Pritchard, chipping in for two wick­ets while giv­ing up only seven runs from his three overs.

Jer­ilderie will be on the road to Co­bram’s Scott Re­serve for a must-win game against bot­tom of the lad­der Co­bram-Yar­roweyah United on Satur­day.

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