MVCA wrap round two

By Tyler Maher

A brutal century from Deniliquin skipper Brad Todd had his side comfortably claim victory against Katamatite on Saturday.

Todd's scintillating 130 not out to chase down the 190 his side required for success was the highlight of Murray Valley Cricket Association round two premier division action.

Opening the batting, Todd marauded his way through the home side's bowling unit to slash 22 boundaries - including two maximums - at Katamatite Recreation Reserve.

“We needed one of the top four to make a big score to have a chance at chasing the 190 down and lucky enough I was the one who was able to do it this week,” Todd told the Pastoral Times.

“It was pleasing to finally get my first 100 for the club as I was close a couple of years ago.

“I went pretty hard in the first 10 overs with the field restrictions in place and got a couple out of the middle early, but didn’t really settle in until around the 10th over.

“It’s up there with one of the best wins with the Rhinos I’ve had, the side we took over with the young guys in, they fielded great and we took most of our catches.

“To chase the score down going at close to six an over with more than 10 overs left against a top four side just topped the day off.”

A Andrew Hogan injury forced others to do the heavy lifting with ball in hand for the Rhinos, and Evan Pocock (3-30), Dylan Rotherham (2-40) and Todd himself (2-51) stepped up to the plate.

The Tigers finished with 8-189 on the back of Andrew Erickson's 57 and some other handy contributions, but it was not enough as they watched Todd take control of the clash.

Dominant victories were certainly the theme of the round, with both Barooga and Cobram joining the Rhinos in an early knock-off.

The Hawks - playing their first game of the season - were in no mood to hang around against Cobram-Yarroweyah United.

After rolling the combine for just 93 in under 35 overs, Barooga's opening batsmen Sam Leigh (28 not out) and Daniel Ellis (53 not out) reeled the total in before 18 overs had been bowled.

The 10-wicket drubbing came about thanks to the bowling efforts of Kale Watkins (3-12), Riley Gow (3-27) and Jake Poole (2-2).

Matt Watson (28) and Kane Goldsworthy (25) top-scored for United.

Cobram was in more of a miserly mood against Tocumwal - with ball in hand at least.

The reigning premier restricted the Bloods to 6-109 in their 45 overs before Wian Van Zyl blasted his way through the chase.

The South African superstar finished unbeaten on 74 as the Tigers reached 1-112 in the 19th over.

Jack Beasley (2-18) was the only Cobram bowler to snare more than one wicket as the spoils of victory were shared around.

● Katamatite had a win in division one action, defeating Katunga by 39 runs.

Ben Lucas hit 41 at the top of the order for the Tigers to set a total of 8-167, with Stefan Nordbye (3-22), Conor Lawless (2-22) and Jawid Anwar (2-43) rolling through the Swans for just 128.

Barooga just fell short by 10 runs against Tocumwal in the same grade.

● Cobram started the division two season with a tight win against Finley.

Despite dismissing the Cats for just 76, the Tigers limped towards the required runs before eventually sneaking home by two wickets.

Sam Stokes was the hero with the bat, hitting 35 at the top of the order, while Andrew Hogan (3-12), Ronald Kalz (2-5) and John O'Sullivan (2-6 and 17 not out) also impressed.

● Barooga snared under-16 success, holding on for an 11-run triumph against Tocumwal.

Riley Sampson retired not out on 35 for the Hawks to set up the winning total of 6-99, with Josh Payne (2-10) doing plenty of damage with ball in hand.

● An all-round bowling effort from Cobram in the under-14 competition helped it defend last week's 5-150 against Tocumwal Red.

Thomas Corso (2-2), Jake Kalz (2-6), Jordan Kelly (1-5), Ciaran O'Sullivan (1-5), Sonny Rowe (1-6) and Jack Iddles (1-6) did not give the Bloods anything to work with as the side was restricted to 8-86.

Katamatite had a win against Barooga in the same grade, despite Sam Trembath and Finn McAuliffe both taking 2-3 for the Hawks.