Bril­liant knock

Van Zyl makes sec­ond dou­ble ton of the sea­son at the week­end

The Cobram Courier - - SPORT - By Patrick Tansey

The le­gend that is Wian Van Zyl con­tin­ues to grow by the week in the Mur­ray Val­ley Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion’s Pre­mier Di­vi­sion.

The South African re­cruit plun­dered his sec­ond dou­ble ton of the sea­son at the week­end.

Co­bram-Yar­roweyah United was pow­er­less to stop one of the most in-form bats­men in the re­gion, as he took apart the bowl­ing at­tack on his way to a sparkling 210 runs.

United won the toss and sent the Tigers in, but that only served to pro­long the Van Zyl show at Scott Oval.

Van Zyl’s re­mark­able in­nings over­shad­owed a bril­liant knock from teen star Izac Ar­tavilla (76), while Ewald Roberts (42 not out) and Lewis McShane (24 not out) fin­ished with a flurry to steer the Tigers to a mas­sive 2-368 from 45 overs.

The to­tal was never in dan­ger of be­ing chased down as United crum­bled un­der the weight of the re­quired run rate, with only Kyle John­stone (17) and Rich­mann (15) reach­ing dou­ble fig­ures.

Not con­tent with his big to­tal with the bat, Van Zyl rolled the arm over to snare 2-10 from four overs, giv­ing him seven wick­ets at 10.1 for the year.

Co­bram Cricket Club pres­i­dent Paul Hyde la­belled Van Zyl’s im­pact since join­ing the Tigers at the start of the sea­son as ‘‘un­be­liev­able’’ and be­lieved such was his qual­ity, he was draw­ing more lo­cals to the cricket on a Satur­day.

‘‘While the fact he is mak­ing a lot of runs is prob­a­bly the main fo­cus, what his per­for­mances seem to have done is gen­er­ate a lot of in­ter­est around the town and a lot of in­ter­est in cricket again,’’ he said.

‘‘There was a pretty good crowd there on the week­end to come and watch him play.

‘‘Peo­ple are start­ing to talk about him and peo­ple from the club have even been stopped in the street and asked how many runs he made this week.’’

The pres­i­dent said de­spite the star’s in­stant suc­cess, he had re­mained in­cred­i­bly hum­ble.

‘‘The thing that stands out about him is that he does it with such ease but he’s so hum­ble and he takes it all in his stride, he just goes about his busi­ness,’’ he said.

Hyde said while Van Zyl might not be the most text­book bats­man he had seen in MVCA cricket, he would go close to the most ex­cit­ing.

‘‘I’ve seen more tech­ni­cal bats­men, but in terms of power and tim­ing, there’s not many around like him. He’s got ex­tremely strong fore­arms and hits the ball very hard and a long way,’’ he said.

No mat­ter how many more runs he makes, Van Zyl’s sea­son will fondly be re­mem­bered as be­ing ex­traor­di­nary and Hyde knows the of­fers will soon come for the club’s most prized as­set.

‘‘We got lucky this year in get­ting him and ob­vi­ously he’s go­ing to be on the radar for other clubs next year, but we’re hop­ing to keep him for next year as well. He could play district level cricket in Aus­tralia I be­lieve,’’ he said.

In other matches, De­niliquin opened the door for Co­bram to snare top spot af­ter a bat­ting col­lapse al­lowed Kata­matite to claim vic­tory at Me­mo­rial Park.

The Tigers made their way to 170 af­ter be­ing sent in to bat, with An­drew Erick­son (49) do­ing the bulk of the scor­ing.

The Rhi­nos could only man­age 102 in re­ply, with opener Ash Ger­mano (38) lead­ing the way.

As the scores sug­gested it was cer­tainly a day for bowlers as first De­niliquin’s An­thony Bradley (4-29), Dy­lan Rother­ham (3-42) and Brodie Ben­nett (2-36) did plenty of dam­age and then Kata­matite’s Colin Wat­son (4-31), Tom Pendle­bury (3-28) and Sam Gor­don (2-4) joined in the fun.

Ba­rooga also climbed the lad­der af­ter round six thanks to a stir­ring knock from Trent Batch­e­lor.

The opener car­ried his bat through the Hawks’ in­nings, mak­ing 141 not out from 156 de­liv­er­ies to help his side to 4-263 against Tocumwal. Amar Ul­lah (3-21), Ri­ley Gow (2-17) and Zeke Bunge (2-26) then led the way with the ball as Ba­rooga dis­missed the Bloods for 133.

Matt Wil­son (2-55), Reilly Ren­nick (48) and Jesse Barker (31) were Tocumwal’s best per­form­ers.

Pic­ture: Steve Hunt­ley

Van Zyl-liant: Co­bram’s Wian Van Zyl was in bril­liant form again at the week­end, hit­ting 210 runs and tak­ing 2-10 from four overs.

Bat­tle: Dy­lan Lang­shaw of Co­bram-Yar­roweyah United sends down a de­liv­ery to Co­bram Cricket Club’s dou­ble cen­tu­rion Wian Van Zyl at the week­end.

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