Bowlers fire up in sweltering heat

February 13, 2017

Superstar Justin Maley was again lethal with the ball.

The battle between the Murray Premier Division heavy hitters remains in the balance after bowlers dominated day one.

Some 13 wickets fell for only 168 runs as Barooga won the toss and sent rivals Cobram in to bat.

Superstar Justin Maley was again lethal with the ball, taking 4-44 from 21.2 overs in sweltering conditions to help bowl the ladder leaders out for just 149.

Joel Cahir provided ample support, snaring four wickets of his own.

Cobram opener Adam Wiffen could not continue his unbelievable form of last week, where he scored three centuries in three days, but still managed to top score with 33.

Barooga will resume on 3-19 next week after Shaun Downie ripped through the top order with 2-12 before stumps.

Waaia will look to sew up an outright victory next week after completely dominating the first day of its clash with Finley.

The struggling cellar dwellers won the toss and batted, but were routed inside 28 overs for just 100.

Opener Russell Stockdale top scored with 46, but found little other help, with seven batsmen making two runs or less.

Greg Meyland bagged his first five-wicket haul of the season with 5-19 from just 5.1 overs.

Waaia then mowed down Finley’s total with ease before stumbling to 147 all out, a lead that looked slender until Finley once again collapsed to 4-31 before stumps.

Stockdale continued to play a lone hand, taking 4-45 before scoring 20 of Finley’s second innings runs.

Waaia’s Connor Brown ensured his opponents will have to find another source of runs next week though, removing Stockdale on his way to figures of 3-9 from five overs.

The likely outright victory could move Waaia into contention for a top two spot if other results fall its way.

In the other round 14 matches, Nathalia duo Liam Evans (4-44) and Grant Hutchins (4-34) led the way to bowl the Deniliquin Rhinos out for 172, while Katunga and Katamatite will play a one-day match next week after both clubs decided not to take on the heat on Saturday, with neither in contention for finals.

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