Fin­ley fire-up in win over Ber­ri­gan

Southern Riverina news - - SPORT -

Fin­ley’s Mur­ray Val­ley Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion Di­vi­sion One side con­tin­ued their good form with a clin­i­cal win over Ber­ri­gan last week­end.

Ber­ri­gan won the toss and had no hes­i­ta­tion in bat­ting on a hard, flat Ber­ri­gan Sports­ground pitch.

The Saints got off to a solid start with An­drew Parr and Damien Tay­lor see­ing off the open­ing com­bi­na­tion of An­thony King and Darcy Webb.

The two Fin­ley bowlers had with good line and length, suf­fo­cat­ing both bats­men’s scor­ing abil­ity and had the Cats on top af­ter 10 overs with the score at 0/16.

Both Tay­lor and Parr con­tin­ued to plug away at the Cats’ at­tack un­til Tay­lor top edged an An­der­son (1/18 off four) de­liv­ery and was caught and bowled for seven leav­ing the Saints 1/35.

Tom Whelan joined Parr in the mid­dle and the two only added an­other eight runs to the to­tal be­fore Parr (27) was out glov­ing one down leg side, caught be­hind off McGrath (1/9 off five).

The Saints were now 2/45 and the quick dis­missals opened the flood gates for the Fin­ley bowlers.

Zach Nu­gent was the next man for the Saints which saw an­other bowl­ing change with Ad­nan Ma­lik com­ing into the at­tack.

Fin­ley’s bowlers be­gan to stran­gle the Saints bats­men again with maidens start­ing to build up.

Three overs af­ter drinks the Fin­ley bowlers started to wreak havoc on the Saints’ bats­men.

Ma­lik was the chief destroyer tak­ing 4/9 off his eight overs.

Archie Ma­son and Mass­ing­ham chipped in with two wick­ets each.

With the score on 51, Nu­gent was caught at square leg off Ma­lik for three, Whelan caught be­hind for six off Mass­ing­ham and Simon Packer bowled for a duck by Ma­lik re­duc­ing the Saints to 5/51 af­ter 25 overs.

Fraser Haintz and Graeme Parr were the fresh bats­men for the Saints, how­ever their part­ner­ship did not last long with Parr caught for seven off Ma­lik chas­ing a ball well out­side off stump and the Saints were now 6/55.

Brad Loats joined Haintz in the mid­dle get­ting off the mark with a two, be­fore Ma­lik struck again hav­ing him caught be­hind.

Vidura Gu­naratne was the next man in for Ber­ri­gan and it was Mass­ing­ham (2/8 off eight) to strike again clean bowl­ing him for a duck and the Saints were now 8/57 in the 34th over.

John O’Neil joined Haintz in the mid­dle and the two turned ones into twos with their pace be­tween the wicket.

The two added an­other nine runs to the score be­fore Archie Ma­son (2/8) claimed his first wicket, pick­ing up Haintz for seven and the Saints were now 9/66.

Matt Whelan was the last bats­man in for the Saints and with O’Neil, added an­other three runs to the score be­fore Ma­son claimed his sec­ond wicket, bowl­ing O’Neil for three and the Saints fin­ished all out for 69 with Whelan not out without scor­ing.

Chas­ing small tar­gets can be a prob­lem for cricket teams, how­ever this wasn’t the case for the Cats.

Ma­lik and McGrath took con­trol of the chase and made the Saints’ bowlers pay for any bad balls.

The two pun­ished any­thing short and wide and made the most of the flat track. The Saints tried every­thing to try and get a wicket but the Cats bats­men didn’t give up.

Scor­ing at al­most six runs an over Ma­lik and McGrath got the Cats over the line in the 12th over to se­cure a 10-wicket win.

The win sees the Cats jump into first place on the Di­vi­sion One lad­der and se­cure a semi fi­nal spot while the Saints slide to fifth.

Next week the Cats travel to Co­bram to take on the Tigers and Saints will play Katunga away.

The Di­vi­sion Two Cats had a tough day at the of­fice against Barooga.

Los­ing the toss and bowl­ing first Fin­ley’s bowlers had lit­tle suc­cess against a strong Hawks out­fit.

Dun­can Clarke (2/37 off seven) and Shadeau Brain (3/44 off six) were the only wicket tak­ers for the Cats with Barooga scor­ing 215 off their 35 overs.

It was al­ways go­ing to be a dif­fi­cult chase for the Cats and the aim was to keep Barooga in field for as long as pos­si­ble.

With wick­ets fall­ing at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals the Hawks were con­tin­u­ing to main­tain con­trol of the game.

Even­tu­ally in the 24th the Cats were dis­missed for 47, the best of the Cats bats­men be­ing Clarke (14) and Tom Isedale (11).

Di­vi­sion Two host Nathalia on Satur­day.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.