Bloods elim­i­nated

Southern Riverina news - - LOCAL CLASSIES -

The Divi­sion Two Bloods were elim­i­nated from the fi­nals on Satur­day with the pow­er­ful Ba­rooga side much too strong.

Field­ing a team with a com­bi­na­tion of ex­pe­ri­ence and youth all sea­son, the Bloods had done a re­mark­able job to make the semi-fi­nals at all.

Ba­rooga bat­ted first and made a com­mand­ing 9/225 from its 35 overs, in­clud­ing an un­beaten 102 from Peter O’Kane.

The Hawks were in bru­tal touch but the Bloods did a great job in the field. Paul Man­gion was the star with the ball tak­ing a splen­did 5/40 to end the sea­son on a high.

The mas­sive tar­get was al­ways go­ing to be a chal­lenge for the Toc side. Skip­per An­drew Jones (36) battled gamely at the top to lead the way. Tom Oliver (18) pro­duced a gem of a knock to keep the score­board mov­ing.

The Bloods ul­ti­mately fell well but de­nied the Hawks the chance to bowl them out with Ray Bal­combe (7 not out) and Hunter Hard­widge (5 no) stand­ing firm late in the day. The Bloods closed at 6/82 af­ter 35 overs.

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