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Spoiled for mouthwatering match-ups

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February 10, 2017

Justin Maley has a batting average of 64 this year due to six not outs from nine innings and regularly strikes fear into top orders across the association.

It does not get much better than this.

The penultimate round of the Murray Valley Premier Division has offered up a tantalising slate of matches, including four of the top five sides facing off against each other.

The odd team out, fourth-placed Waaia, plays cellar-dweller Finley, throwing even more possibilities into the finals mix as an outright victory could conceivably also put it into the hunt for a top-two spot and home final.

The match of the round is undoubtedly the battle of the big two, new ladder-leader Cobram and the freshly ousted Barooga.

Both sides have outstanding not-so-secret weapons at their disposal, adding intrigue to an already mouthwatering match-up.

Cobram’s Adam Wiffen will look to continue the rich vein of form he finds himself traversing, with three centuries from his past three trips to the crease.

Two of those were during Murray Valley’s division two Melbourne Country Week win last week, where Wiffen smashed 328 runs from five matches at an astounding average of 65.6.

Barooga, on the other hand, will look to take advantage with the ball.

Justin Maley, who has a batting average of 64 this year due to six not outs from nine innings, regularly strikes fear into top orders across the association.

The Barooga spearhead boasts a best bowling of 8-43 this season in his total of 36 wickets, with a spectacular strike rate of 19.8.

Those figures also included a run of six innings where Maley struck multiple times, highlighting his capacity to tear a side apart.

Whichever side prevails in the blockbuster will be in the box seat for minor premiership honours.

Meanwhile, the Deniliquin Rhinos have nothing to lose when they take on third-placed Nathalia.

The Rhinos are still a mathematical chance to make finals, but will have to pull off a minor miracle, starting with beating a Nathalia side fresh from defeating powerhouse Barooga.

The final two-day match of round 11 has Katunga hosting Katamatite in a battle for pride, as both sides languish more than 25 points behind Waaia.

Cobram-Yarroweyah United has the bye.

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