Ash Quinn’s purple patch of form in the Murray Valley Cricket Association’s Premier Division has continued at the weekend.outbutstillthequinnthing
The superstar all-rounder was finally dismissed in Saturday’s round four action as Nathalia batted first against Waaia, with his 10 runs giving him an average of 176 from four innings so far this season.
There was no reason for the Purple faithful to panic though, with Luke Carter (61 not out) taking his season tally to 253 (at an average of 84.3) and Liam Evans (69) ensuring their side found its way to a strong total of 6-232 from 45 overs.
Robert Bradbury led the way for the Bombers with the ball, taking 2-26 from nine overs, but most of the bowling attack copped a large amount of stick from Nathalia’s batsmen, with Mitch Cleeland (1-67 from nine overs) the unluckiest spectator to Carter, Evans and Brodie Ross’ (49) dominance.
Not to be upstaged by his teammates, Quinn took the new ball and caused havoc among Waaia’s top order, snaring 3-10 from just five overs before letting Scott Morris (3-7) and Brayden Summerville (3-19) feast on the easy kill.
Just two Bombers, Cleeland (12) and Bradbury (11) managed to engineer a double-figure score as their side was rolled for 63.
It was a similar tale at Barooga Recreation Reserve, with the Hawks flexing their collective muscle with first leather and then willow.
Cobram-Yarroweyah United won the toss and decided to bat, but was the only victory the side would take from the day.
Only Kieran Andrew (25) and Jacob Jones (20) provided enough resistance to reach 20 runs as Kale Watkins (3-18), Will Power (3-31) and Shane Healey (2-18) ran through United’s line-up to clean it up for 119 inside 35 overs.
The majority of Barooga’s team then put its feet up and simply watched a masterclass of batting prowess.
Sam Leigh (87) and Riley Gow put on an opening stand of 173 runs before the former fell to Andrew.
But Gow’s appetite for destruction was not yet sated, proceeding to put on another 91-run stand with Watkins (41 not out) to carry his bat through the entire 45 overs and finish with 121 from 129 deliveries, including 14 boundaries and a six.
Saturday’s final clash had Cobram taking a 32-run win over Katamatite after batting first and making 191.
Tom Rutter (3-17) and Brad Parnell (3-32) did most of the damage for Katamatite, but despite a well-made 49 from captain Andrew Erickson at the top of the order in the chase, the side could only manage 9-159 from its 45 overs.