Nathalia’s quest to etch its name into the Murray Valley Cricket Association’s history books got off to the perfect start last weekend.
The Purples are aiming to become just the third team, behind Numurkah (1967-68 to 1970-71) and Cobram (1991-92 to 1994-95), to complete a four-peat in the association’s Premier Division.
After smashing Finley by 131 runs in the opening round, Nathalia will now set its sights on Cobram-Yarroweyah United.
United only secured three victories last season, and the Purples will be full of confidence heading into the clash after its weapons fired in round one.
Ash Quinn hit nine boundaries in his innings of 76, which went into the scorebook in red ink after Finley failed to get the veteran out.
Luke Carter also showed his form with the bat, amassing 59 runs, while Tom Nihill (4-6) and Quinn (3-6) ran rampant with ball in hand.
Meanwhile, the Cats must attempt to bounce back quickly against Katamatite.
The Tigers proved no match for Waaia last week, but will take plenty of heart out of the performance of Andrew Erickson during the defeat.
The all-rounder batted through all-but four balls of Katamatite’s innings of 9-134 for a score of 64 after taking 2-50 from nine overs with the ball.
For the Bombers, Brayden Carey will be looking to remain unbeaten for as long as possible after striking 124 not out in the first match of the year when his side takes on Cobram tomorrow.
Last season’s losing grand finalist could not defend a score of 168 against Barooga in its first hit-out, and will be looking to improve with bat and ball.
The final match of the round has Deniliquin taking on the Hawks.
The Rhinos comfortably accounted for Cobram-Yarroweyah United in round one, but will face a much sterner test against the dangerous Barooga outfit.
Sam Leigh hit 70 runs at the top of the order for the Hawks last week, while Shane Healey (3-38) was among the wicket-takers.