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Purples and Rhinos to battle for supremacy

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November 10, 2017

Nathalia and Deniliquin Rhinos face-off tomorow in what promises to be a hard-fought battle for supremecy.

The two most in-form Murray Valley Cricket Association premier division teams will battle for supremacy in the final round of short-form matches tomorrow.

Undefeated Nathalia will host the Deniliquin Rhinos in round seven, with the latter on a strong four-game winning streak.

The Purples brushed Cobram aside last week in the first Twenty20 fixture, comfortably reeling in the required total with seven wickets and six balls to spare, while the Rhinos defeated Katamatite by a whopping 77 runs.

The duo’s contest will be exciting no matter the result, with the teams boasting the two best bowlers in the competition and four of the top 10 batsmen.

Waaia broke a four-match losing streak last week with victory over Cobram-Yarroweyah United, and will be looking to double down against Finley tomorrow.

The Bombers were clinical against United, with openers Brayden Carey (78) and Greg Meyland (84 not out) putting on a 160-run partnership to help their side reach a total of 1-207 in its 20 overs.

United was never in the hunt during the daunting chase, scratching its way to 90 all out.

United faces a derby against Cobram tomorrow, while Barooga is once again kicking off the round tonight — this time against Katamatite.

The Hawks enjoyed last week’s night match against the Cats, winning by five wickets.

Waaia’s Carey leads the way for runs in the division with 333 ahead of Nathalia’ Luke Carter (291), Barooga’s Riley Gow (262) and Sam Leigh (202) and Nathalia’s Liam Evans (186).

Purples stalwart Ash Quinn has only been dismissed once and has a batting average of 176, but is also second for wickets taken with 14, behind Rhinos all-rounder Andrew Hogan (17).

Gow again is high on the table with 11 victims, while fellow Hawk Shane Healey and Katamatite Tiger Luke Barnard have both snared 10 wickets in six matches.

The Purples are almost eight points ahead of their closest rivals on top of the table, but second (Barooga) and third (Deniliquin) spots are separated by 0.49 points.

A huge gap of almost 16 points has opened up between that pair and fourth-placed Cobram, while Waaia and Katamatite remain within striking distance, despite being outside the top four.

United and Finley round out the ladder on one and zero wins respectively.

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