Finley resumed play in the Murray Valley Cricket Assocation on Saturday with Premier and Division One both going down to strong Waaia teams.
The efforts were hard fought with both teams only one wicket away from having different outcomes.
Premier played a day-night fixture at home for the first time this year on an immaculate surface.
The Cats sent the Bombers in and it was a fruitful decision early with two wickets falling to Jonathon Oliver (1/12) and Cougar McGrath (1/16) to have the visitors 2/18 but the vital wicket of import Michael Mitchell (98) simply wouldn’t fall.
The classy bat combined with Rob Bradbury (29) to add 84 runs for the third wicket despite some good bowling from the Cats.
The vast expanses and lightning fast outfield gave the Bombers the ability to tick the run rate over nicely.
The Cats picked up two quick wickets after the partnership of Mitchell and Bradbury to have Waaia 4/130 but the batch of wickets that was needed wouldn’t come as Waaia keeper Josh Smith (47 not out) continued the scoring.
Mitchell was eventually caught on the boundary two short of a ton and some excellent variation from Duncan Clarke (2/32) allowed the Cats to restrict the Bombers to 8/237 from its 45 overs.
The Cats batting started well with an opening stanza of 33 between Daniel Hibberd (25) and Paul Massingham (18) as the pair took advantage of the field restrictions.
The latter was caught at mid-off before a further 29 runs were added between Hibberd and Courtney Findlay (14).
Just as the Cats were looking to make a charge a dreaded clump of wickets occurred which halted the Cats effort.
From 1/62 the Cats stumbled to 7/83 and an early close loomed.
But a resolute effort from Oliver (12) and Matthew Wilson (27) added 42 runs for the eighth wicket to add some fight to the effort.
Wilson ploughed into the shorter delivery whacking two fours and a long six over midwicket in the team high score.
He was eventually deceived by a slower ball and from there that Cats were finally dismissed for 136.
The Cats host Nathalia in a two-day match starting Saturday.
Division One had a great contest against Waaia on Saturday with the Cats unable to break the match winning partnership when they needed to.
The Cats batted first in hot conditions at Waaia and were bowled out for 160 from 39 overs.
Ian Armer led the way with a brutal 70 which included eleven fours and two sixes.
Together with Anthony King (43) the pair were the backbone of the Cats’ innings adding 71 for the third wicket after the Cats lost two early poles.
Peter Magill continued his good form with a handy 21 and Aaron Litchfield also found some much needed form with 11 not out to be the only players to reach double figure in the innings.
The par score seemed very defendable when the Cats took to the field with Waaia losing three early wickets thanks to opening bowlers King (2/34) and James Midson (1/27) and at 3/24 the Cats were on top.
But the match defining partnership between Seb Moore (53 n.o) and Tom Williams (91) would ensure that the Cats would be unable to win.
Despite limping to the half way mark at 3/63 and needing 100 off the last 20 overs, the classy pair batted superbly to deny the Cats as they plundered the attack after refreshments.
Williams hit 12 fours and two sixes as the Bombers raced their way to the victory target.
The Bombers reached the score with five overs in reserve and Williams was eventually dismissed nine shy of a ton at which point play was halted.
The Cats travel to Katunga on Saturday.
Division Two resumes play this week with a tough trip against fourth placed Waaia.