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Shorter format does not worry Nathalia as streak rolls on

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November 06, 2017

Different format, same result for Nathalia in the Murray Valley Cricket Association’s premier division.

Different format, same result for Nathalia in the Murray Valley Cricket Association’s premier division.

In the first round of Twenty20 matches, the Purples dominated Cobram with the ball before timing their chase to perfection to claim a sixth victory from as many rounds on Saturday.

Ash Saunders (53) and Tyron Baden (26) flew the flag for the Tigers as they batted first, but no teammate was able to break through the double-figure barrier as the side was rolled for 112 inside 16 overs.

Ash Quinn (2-11), Luke Carter (2-29) and Liam Evans (2-22) did the damage with the ball for the away side to put it in yet another winning position.

Nathalia never looked in trouble with the bat as Luke Quinn (56 not out) anchored the innings, despite stumbling to 2-11 and taking until the penultimate over to chase down the total.

Quinn received plenty of help from Brodie Ross (38) to get the Purples over the line, while Baden (2-20) and Saunders (1-25) also impressed with the ball.

Deniliquin continued its winning ways against Katamatite, striking the ball at almost eight runs an over after winning the toss and electing to bat.

Andrew Hogan (60 not out) led the way for the Rhinos, with import Zeniffe Fowler showing his talents by hitting eight boundaries in his innings of 45.

The final total of 5-157 proved far too imposing for Katamatite to chase down, with the home side limping to 9-80 from its 20 overs.

Tom Pendlebury top scored for the Tigers with 27, but his team was no match for Hogan’s all-round prowess as the opening bowler snared 4-12 from his four overs to cement victory for the Rhinos.

On Friday night, Finley duo Daniel Hibberd (34) and Daniel McHugh (50) put on a team-high partnership of 38 runs to help their side to 7-120 from 20 overs against Barooga.

The total was eventually inadequate though as the Hawks chased it down with five wickets and eight balls to spare.

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