The Cobram Courier


- By Daniel Webb

With only two A-grade games taking place on the weekend, fans of the Murray Valley Cricket Associatio­n could be forgiven for thinking it would be a quiet weekend on the field.

However, it proved to be anything but.

Two cracking matches have seen Barooga drop out of the top four — with just two rounds of cricket to play before finals.

The Hawks, who had a bye last week, hosted Deniliquin and were all out for 131.

Jamie Stanyers’ 42 was the highest score for the home side, while Manraj Virdi’s 4-22 had the Rhinos celebratin­g.

Deniliquin made a good start to its innings with the bat, however Barooga’s bowlers wheeled them in, getting them to 9-123.

Yet, in the end the Rhinos proved too strong, knocking their way to 9-133 to run out one-wicket winners.

Barooga coach Riley Gow said his side bowled well but failed to get enough runs.

“It was certainly disappoint­ing, we need to win to play finals,” Gow said.

He said his side made its way back into the contest well, turning a poor start with the ball into a nine-wicket performanc­e.

“We bowled the best we have this year,” he said.

Barooga must win at least one of its final two games and hope results go its way if it is a chance at playing finals.

Gow was confident they would be ready.

“We will prepare well and be ready to go,” he said.

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