Barooga showed its credentials as a Murray Valley Cricket Association premier division title contender on the weekend with a thrilling victory against Deniliquin.
However, the Hawks had to first withstand a withering spell of bowling from Rhino spearhead Andrew Hogan after being sent in to bat by the visiting side at Barooga Recreation Reserve.
Hogan sent down a Herculean 28 overs for the Rhinos, notching 10 maidens and finishing with outstanding figures of 7-43.
The heroics helped Deniliquin bowl the ladder leader out for 153 inside 70 overs, with Kale Watkins (40) doing the bulk of the home side’s scoring and tail-enders Joel Cahir (32 from 109 deliveries) and Zeke Bunge (22 not out from 67) compiling vital knocks under immense pressure.
It allowed the Hawks the opportunity to release an attacking weapon of their own, with opening bowler Riyaad Henry snaring 6-35 from 20.4 overs (including eight maidens) to deny Deniliquin’s chase the substance it needed.
Import Zeniffe Fowler smashed 44 from 62 balls for the Rhinos, but it was not enough as the outfit slumped to 130 all out.
In other matches, Katamatite and Nathalia chased outright victories yesterday after dominating proceedings during the first round of two-day games.
The Tigers bowled Finley out for 102 in 49 overs as Luke Barnard (4-39) and Lachlan Sharp (3-10) ran rampant, and secured first innings points with the loss of just five wickets.
Daniel Gattuso hit 73 out of a total of 6-151, but the Cats were then able to blunt Katamatite’s attack for 41 overs during an innings of 2-78.
The Purples rolled Cobram-Yarroweyah United for 66 before declaring at 4-111 and at last score update had the combine struggling again at 2-10.
Meanwhile, Waaia compiled 152 runs in 42.3 overs against Cobram.
Jesse Trower anchored the innings with 56 not out from 122 deliveries, while Adam Decicco (4-62) and James Daniel (3-49) shared most of the bowling plaudits.