PUR­PLE POWER

Nathalia prove far too strong for Tocumwal on day two

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Nathalia wrapped up a com­pre­hen­sive first in­nings vic­tory against Tocumwal in the Pre­mier Di­vi­sion of the Mur­ray Val­ley Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion on Satur­day.

Re­sum­ing at 2/40 Nathalia needed 55 runs to win the game. Andy Arthur (1/56) picked up the wicket of Clay Stevens early but it was the only joy the Bloods would have early.

Ash Quinn (159) and Scott Mor­ris (62) slowly but surely chipped away at the deficit and the Bloods were their own worst en­emy with a cou­ple of chances go­ing astray.

Quinn was very mea­sured early and Mor­ris strug­gled for tim­ing as the Bloods bowled as well as they had all sea­son long.

Jesse Barker (3/66 off 23 overs) and Chris Shaw (3/59 off 18) bowled tire­lessly and en­sured the Pur­ples earned ev­ery run.

With the win achieved it seemed the Pur­ples were quite happy to keep bat­ting and with other re­sults go­ing their way, they had no need to chase an out­right vic­tory.

Af­ter a cou­ple of hours play, and a run rate of just over three per over, the Bloods were do­ing a solid job in the field but couldn’t find the wick­ets they needed.

Mor­ris even­tu­ally de­parted to a good catch by Arthur but the runs be­gan to flow from Quinn’s wil­low.

Spin­ners Matthew Wil­son (2/52 off 13.4) and An­drew Lean (0/53 off 13) bowled very well but it was Quinn’s day as he blasted into triple fig­ures.

Fi­nally the Bloods made in­roads with wick­ets be­gin­ning to fall.

Barker, Wil­son and Shaw all got in the wick­ets be­fore Quinn was fi­nally dis­missed for 159 to an ath­letic Reilly Ren­nick catch at deep mid-on.

The car­nage ended when Wil­son snared the last wicket of the day with the score 358.

The win sees Nathalia fac­ing an elim­i­na­tion match against Katamatite to se­cure the last fi­nals spot while the Bloods will travel to De­niliquin for the fi­nal game of the sea­son.

The Di­vi­sion One Bloods were blasted off the park by Nathalia on Satur­day.

Bat­ting first Tocumwal were bun­dled out for just 51 in­side 30 overs in a dis­as­trous dis­play.

Spencer Dines (11) was the only player to reach dou­ble fig­ures while the sun­dries was the top score with 12.

Vet­eran Dale James took a spec­tac­u­lar 5/4 from his eight overs as the Bloods ca­pit­u­lated to their worst de­feat of the year.

In re­ply the Pur­ples wasted lit­tle time to wrap up a big win reach­ing 1/52 in the 17th over with Adam Zam­mit (24 not out) and Phil Car­roll (15 not out) get­ting the hosts home.

Di­vi­sion One can bounce back this week against Co­bram in the fi­nal game of the sea­son.

The Di­vi­sion Two Bloods fell short of vic­tory by 29 runs against CYU on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

The Blues reached 6/149 from its 35 overs but the Bloods were skit­tled for 120 in the 30th over of the con­test.

The Di­vi­sion Two Bloods host De­niliquin in the fi­nal home and away match of their sea­son on Satur­day.

A win could see the team make fi­nals given the tight­ness of the lad­der.

The Un­der 16’s are into the fi­nals af­ter a strong vic­tory against Fin­ley/Jer­ilderie last week­end.

Chasing the Com­bines 125, the Bloods scored a two wicket win thanks to some great bat­ting from Tom Oliver (19) and Chase Hard­widge (22) at the top of the or­der.

Runs from Har­vey White (11)and Tom Barker (22) in the mid­dle or­der en­sured a tight fin­ish was on the cards be­fore a splen­did 24 from Kalle Ste­wart got the Bloods home.

Some costly ex­tras from the Com­bine ul­ti­mately cost them dearly.

As a re­sult of the win, the Bloods will now play Co­bram on Fri­day night un­der lights at Ba­rooga for a place in the Grand Fi­nal.

Photo cour­tesy He­len Barker.

Bloods bowler Andy Arthur in ac­tion on Satur­day.

Photo cour­tesy He­len Barker.

LEFT: Kalle Ste­wart was in­stru­men­tal in the Un­der 16s’ win on Thurs­day night.

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