MVCA | round four wrap

By Alex Mitchell

Bragging rights belong to Cobram after a thrilling win against Barooga in Saturday's Murray Valley Cricket Association action.

In an instant contender for match of the season, the Tigers had just six balls and three wickets remaining when they tracked down an imposing Barooga total, the win their third straight to start the season.

The Hawks won the toss and batted and would not have been regretting that decision in the slightest after accruing a competitive total of 9-185 from 45 overs.

Kale Watkins produced a fresh 62 in his first dig of the campaign, whacking six boundaries to lead the team, while opener Daniel Ellis made 27, taking his average to 109 for the season.

For the Tigers, Adam De Cicco continued a great start to the season with ball in hand, taking 3-34, while Hugh Hyde picked up 2-30.

Chasing a big total, there was only one man for the job as far as Cobram was concerned - the man, the myth and the legend they call Wian Van Zyl.

The South African smasher did what he does best - compile runs - with an exceptional 98, his presence throughout the innings getting his side in a winning position.

De Cicco had added 40 but when Van Zyl was dismissed the Tigers still had work to do at 6-173, but Matteo Allen steered the ship home with 11 not out.

Riley Gow had fought hard for Barooga, picking up 4-25 from nine overs.

Elsewhere, Nathalia relied on skipper Luke Quinn to get the side home by three wickets against Cobram-Yarroweyah United.

Chasing 9-169, the Purples were in a spot of bother at 3-28 when Quinn came to the crease, but he blasted his way to a nice 69 to help his side track down the total with five overs to spare.

Shannon Young (32) and Brayden Summerville (19) were the other major contributors, while Liam Benn took 4-33 for CYU.

Earlier, United got a big score from its skipper with Kieran Andrew making 73 as the side made 9-169.

Jack Andrew made 33, and Summerville took 3-30 for Nathalia.

And the Deniliquin Rhinos smashed Tocumwal to wrap up the round, winning by six wickets.

The Bloods batted out their 45 overs and made 9-117, with Evan Pocock and Brad Todd each taking three wickets.

The Rhinos had no dramas in the chase, needing just 19.4 overs to get the win with Dean Edge (44) and Andrew Hogan (26 not out) enjoying themselves.