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Combine has work to do

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November 24, 2017

Luke Carter has been in fine form to help Nathalia reclaim top sport on the Murray Cricket Association ladder.

The first round of Murray Valley Cricket Association two-day matches last weekend also yielded the competition’s first outright victory.

Nathalia reclaimed top spot on the premier division table with a comprehensive drubbing of Cobram-Yarroweyah United.

The combine won the toss and batted first at Scott Oval, but that was where its success finished.

Luke Carter (4-25) and Ash Quinn (4-19) ripped through the home side’s batting order to have it all out for 66 before Scott Morris (53 not out) and Brodie Ross (39) calmly secured first innings points.

But the Purples were not finished yet, declaring at 4-111 and rolling United for double figures once more (94).

Carter was again the main destroyer with 3-13, while Tom Nihill ensured his side would take maximum points with a steady 21 not out in the final innings.

United’s Billy Andrew took three wickets and hit 25 runs for the match, but he and his teammates will have to improve ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Deniliquin if they are to turn their form around.

The Rhinos will be looking to bounce back from a defeat of their own at the hands of Barooga and will relish the opportunity to take on United on their home deck at Memorial Park.

Meanwhile, Nathalia will look to make it two outright wins in as many matches when its round-nine clash against Finley begins tomorrow.

Last season, the Purples claimed an outright triumph in their only two-day fixture against the Cats and will be confident of going close again.

Finley denied Katamatite its own outright win with a staunch second innings of 2-78 and Daniel Hibberd (28) and Daniel McHugh (31 not out) will look to take that momentum into their next stint at the crease.

Katamatite faces a Waaia team on the rebound after it lost to Cobram last weekend, while the Hawks will travel to the Cobram Showgrounds for round nine.

On an individual note, Deniliquin’s Andrew Hogan comfortably leads the bowling ranks with 26 wickets at 7.31, while Bomber Brayden Carey continues to storm ahead on the batting table with 450 runs at 56.25.

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