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Cricketers ready for finals

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March 10, 2017

The season has ended for five of the MVCA premier division sides, with the 15th and final round coming to a close.

Attention now turns to the four sides remaining and who will take out the premiership for season 2016-17.

Deniliquin v Barooga

A commanding bowling effort has allowed Barooga to wrap up the minor premiership.

The Hawks began the round on top, but needed to win to ensure they remained there.

With the Hawks having posted 265 in week one, the Rhinos were always going to have their work cut out for them.

Their run chase could not have started any worse with Shane Healey ripping through the top order to have the Rhinos reeling at 4/11.

From there it was always going to be Barooga’s match to win, as they claimed the last six wickets with a minimum of fuss to have the Rhinos all out for 88.

Healey was the pick of the bowlers with a nice five-wicket haul to head into the finals with.

Off-spinner Justin Maley continued his great season, picking up another three wickets.

For Deniliquin, Andrew Hogan tried to stand up to the Barooga bowlers with 27 runs, as did Brodie Bennett who made 25.

For a little batting practice, Barooga sent Jamie Stanyer and Lahiru Fernando out to the middle and the pair reached 45 without losing a wicket before stumps was called.

Cobram v Nathalia

The Nathalia batsmen did enough to get their side across the line against Cobram on Saturday in a nice warm-up for finals.

With Cobram posting 143 in week one, Nathalia began the day at 2/17.

Overnight batsman Brodie Ross was able to put a nice innings of 45 together to make sure his side took the points.

Luke Quinn added 56 and Ash Quinn made 27 as the Purples finished their innings 9/206.

Taylor Pugh and Lachlan Hyde each picked up two wickets for the Tigers.

That result means Cobram slips to fourth spot while Nathalia remain in third position.

Katunga v Waaia

Waaia’s hot end-of-season form continued on Saturday as it claimed its third outright win in a row to storm into second spot on the ladder.

Katunga began the day still needing 40 runs to make the Bombers bat again, and thanks to skipper Dammika De Vas Gunawardena, who made a brilliant 77 not out, they were able to.

De Vas made 77 of his side’s 109 in the second innings, an outstanding individual effort.

Connor Brown was again the leader with the ball taking four wickets while skipper Aaron Shelton grabbed three.

For the maximum points Waaia needed to get 51 runs, and got there with the loss of just two wickets.

Finley v CYU

CYU pulled off the rare feat of a reverse outright on Saturday, ending the season on a high.

After Finley secured first innings points last week, United came out with a clear plan for quick runs on day two, and was well-led by Harry Ukich who made 54 of the side’s 4/139 before declaring.

The declaration meant Finley required just 122 to claim an outright win.

But CYU’s gun Kane Goldsworthy had other ideas as he picked up six wickets to go along with his five in the first innings as Finley was all out for 89.

Only Russell Stockdale could do any damage with the bat, making 43.

●Katamatite had the bye.

Finals

The first week of finals in premier division will see old rivals Barooga and Cobram face-off at the Cobram Showgrounds while Waaia and Nathalia will meet in the other semi-final to be played at Barooga Recreation Reserve.

Finals in the top grade of the MVCA are extended to 100 overs a day meaning the matches will begin at 11am.

In an amazing effort from the four clubs involved, the rest of the finals in division one and two are made up of the same four.

In division one Waaia will play Cobram at Waaia, while Nathalia plays Barooga at Katamatite.

In division two Barooga will play Waaia at Barooga Recreation Reserve number two oval and Cobram will play Nathalia at Finley.

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