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Murray Valley Cricket Association premier division wrap - round seven

By Tyler Maher

Each team in the Murray Valley Cricket Association's premier division competition has carved out a clear spot on the ladder after seven rounds of action.

One win separates every outfit on the table from top to bottom at the halfway mark of the season, giving an indication of what is needed for the rest of the campaign to push towards success.

Cobram remains the team to beat after bowling its way to victory against Nathalia on Saturday.

The Tigers managed a middling total of 8-166 from their 45 overs - thanks largely to 40 from 34 deliveries at the top from Wian Van Zyl - before rolling the Purples for 107.

Van Zyl cracked seven boundaries - including three maximums - in his whirlwind knock, with Tyron Baden (49 from 62, also with seven boundaries) and Hugh Hyde (22 from 82) ensuring Cobram's innings found enough substance down the order.

Purple Adam Jorgensen (3-20) did well with the ball in hand.

Nathalia started its chase with plenty of control - reaching 1-50 to set a solid platform - but aside from opener Luke Quinn (31 from 37) and first-drop Aaron Harding (36 from 83) no batsman was able to better an individual total of six runs.

Noah Sneddon (2-0), Jack Beasley (2-13) and Nic Hoban (2-21) led the way with the ball for the Tigers, although all eight bowlers used snared at least one wicket to help dismiss Nathalia's last nine batsmen for just 57 runs.

Deniliquin is ensconced in second spot on the table after a similarly dominant bowling effort against Barooga.

Brodie Bennett (3-31), Ben Irwin (2-2) and Evan Pocock (2-24) afforded the Hawks no leeway at the crease in search of the Rhinos’ 6-204, eventually wrapping up the chase at just 108.

Riley Gow provided the main resistance for the Hawks with 37 in the middle order, but could not match the first innings efforts of Deniliquin's Andrew Hogan (63 not out).

Brad Todd (37), Boddie Arthur (33) and Dean Edge (31) also engineered starts for the Rhinos, with Will Lavery (2-40) and Gow (2-44) the pick of the Barooga bowlers.

Katamatite was in control against Tocumwal in the other fixture of the round as Ash Saunders whacked 64 from 74 deliveries and snared 4-64 in a stellar individual showing.

Saunders only just outshone teammate James Tierney though, who hit 53 from 45 and took 4-31 himself to steer the Boosey Creek Tigers to a 66-run triumph.

Andrew Lean (3-42), Ranji Oliver (2-22), Chris Shaw (2-29) and Andrew Jones (52) put in great showings for the Bloods.