Tough day for Combine batters

By Southern Riverina News

Jerilderie/Berrigan’s Under 14s Combine side batted on day two of their Murray Valley Cricket Association round one clash at Deniliquin on Saturday.

After setting a mammoth task of 201 runs for the Combine the Deni Rhinos kept the pressure on from the start.

Nerves got the better of Callum Belling as opening bat with Ryan Rotherham bowling tightly (1/4 off three) and Harry McIlwain taking two wickets.

Travis Lawton batted well but was undone by a jaffa from Rotherham.

Cruz Nash started with a flourish but went one too many and Darcy Pyle steadied the ship top scoring with 12.

Lachlan Wells hung in for 10 overs opening the batting before being bowled by Noah Bradley for five.

Jerilderie/Berrigan kept the Deni bowlers out for periods with Kyle Wilkinson, Dan Eldridge and Charlie Baxter all showing a bit of fight, but were eventually dismissed in the 20th over for a total of 51.

Angus Wright and Charlie Bull took two wickets each while Cooper King bowled tightly.

Deni put the visitors back in for more practice and a shot at outright victory.

With nerves gone and fresh bowlers Travis and Cruz batted freely until Jake Herberte rattled Cruz’s stumps on 17 in the 27th with the score on 38.

Travis continued to score, finishing 32 not out, while Deni took three more wickets to have the Combine side at 4/62 in the second 20 overs.

King, Rotherham and Herberte were the pick of the bowlers, helping Deni to a resounding victory.