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Winning run for one set to cease

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February 09, 2018

In-form Nathalia bowlers Luke Quinn (pictured) and Luke Carter go head-to-head with the equally in-form Deniliquin Rovers bowling line-up tomorrow.

A second-versus-third showdown highlights tomorrow’s Murray Valley Cricket Association premier division action.

Nathalia and Deniliquin Rhinos have been two of the top flight’s form teams with neither losing since round eight.

But someone’s streak will end this round as the teams square off at Deniliquin’s Memorial Park.

Nathalia’s bowlers earned a stunning come-from-behind win last weekend, dismissing Cobram for 81, defending the meagre total of 91 from the week before.

Luke Quinn and Luke Carter were pivotal with a combined five wickets and economical bowling.

But the match-up will put two in-form bowling line-ups head-to-head; the Rhinos knocked over Katamatite for 98 and 54 last round to claim an outright win.

Nathalia has a slight edge to sit second on the ladder, but was soundly beaten when the sides met in round seven, bowled out for 102 chasing Deni’s 5-199.

Meanwhile, Barooga will look to keep its good form rolling when it travels to face Katamatite.

It has only been vanquished once this season, a closely-fought 12-run loss to Nathalia in round three.

And if the previous meeting between the sides is anything to go by it should be a straightforward assignment; Barooga belted Katamatite in round seven by 149 runs.

Katamatite has not won since round eight, dropping out of finals contention and entering the season’s final two encounters with merely pride to play for.

It is a similar story for Cobram-Yarroweyah United, seventh on the table despite a win last round against Waaia.

United made the most of Waaia’s risky strategy of an early declaration in search of an outright win, finding some batting form in the process in scoring 203.

And the weekend’s clash with cross-town rival Cobram could be another opportunity for United to take some points from the closing stages of the season.

Especially if Cobram’s batting form does not improve, bowled out for 81 in 75.3 overs last weekend.

In the other game, winless Finley has its second-last chance for a maiden win, facing fifth-placed Waaia.

Waaia dominated last time the sides met by 154 runs; captain Brayden Carey (89) and Mitchell Cleeland (85 not out) will look to dish out even more damage.

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