Back on right track

Ba­rooga to travel to De­niliquin Rhi­nos for the first two-day match

The Cobram Courier - - SPORT - By Fraser Walker-Pearce

Ba­rooga has re­cov­ered from a slow start in the Mur­ray Val­ley Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion Premier Divi­sion to be a mid-ta­ble side at the break.

Losses in rounds one, two and five (along with a round three bye) meant the team had just one win to its name late in Novem­ber.

But the side has staged a re­mark­able come­back since then — win­ning the sixth, sev­enth and eighth rounds con­sec­u­tively to be 4-3 at the hol­i­day break.

The most re­cent win came in a two-dayer against Tocumwal in which Justin Ma­ley starred with the ball, tak­ing 5/27 in the first in­nings, and 3/40 in the sec­ond.

That re­stricted the vis­i­tors to just 108 all out off 46 overs.

In re­sponse, Ba­rooga de­clared on 6/171 off 35 overs, with a big con­tri­bu­tion com­ing from young gun Ri­ley Gow (63).

In the pre­sea­son Ba­rooga pres­i­dent Wes Sut­ton said Gow and Jordy An­thony would be the play­ers to watch for the cam­paign ahead.

Gow came from the ju­nior ranks and An­thony, an­other young­ster, moved from Jer­ilderie for a crack at se­nior cricket.

And while An­thony was yet to live up to ex­pec­ta­tions with the ball, Gow has sur­passed the pres­i­dent’s glow­ing pre­sea­son re­marks.

The young­ster has a high score of 63 and av­er­ages a touch un­der 30 with the bat. And with the ball, he has been no less im­pres­sive, tak­ing 11 wick­ets and has a sea­son’s best fig­ures of 4/24.

The other new Ba­rooga sign­ing was Trent Batch­e­lor, who has been sublime with the wil­low.

From six matches, Batch­e­lor has recorded a high score of 141 not out, and 241 runs in to­tal; go­ing at an av­er­age of a click un­der 50 ev­ery time he walks out to the crease.

Af­ter the break, when cricket is back on Jan­uary 12, Ba­rooga trav­els away to the De­niliquin Rhi­nos for the first two-day match.

Three two-day matches await fol­low­ing that De­niliquin game; be­fore fi­nals get un­der way from March 9.

Ba­rooga pres­i­dent Wes Sut­ton said the slow start was due to a cou­ple of in­juries to key play­ers early on.

‘‘Justin Ma­ley and Kale Watkins were out in­jured for a fair bit of the first few games, so that af­fected us,’’ he said.

‘‘We never re­ally had a team never at full strength un­til re­cently. One of the three games we lost could have gone ei­ther way so to have re­cov­ered to 4-3 at the break they’ve done well.

‘‘They’ve worked hard to turn it around ba­si­cally. There have been a few in­di­vid­ual ef­forts at times, Justin made an 80 and a 5-fer, and Ri­ley has had a cou­ple of good in­nings with bat and ball,’’ he said.

Young gun: Ba­rooga’s Ri­ley Gow is go­ing to need to pro­duce an­other block­buster fi­nals cam­paign if the Hawks want to go back-to-back.

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