Waaia needs an upset win to stay in finals touch

December 08, 2017

Nathalia's Anthony Ciavarella was in fine form against Finley last week.

Waaia could do everyone a favour in the Murray Valley Cricket Association if it defeats league-leader Nathalia.

The Purples are in scintillating form this season having only lost once, which came against Katamatite in round seven.

However, in round 10 they will host the Bombers in a two-day fixture and the visitors are desperate for a win having already fallen two wins outside the top four.

Nathalia made light work of Finley last week, while the round’s three remaining matches finished as draws due to a torrential downpour that swept through the region.

Washout aside, the Bombers will take some confidence out of their opening innings having posted 8-272.

Jordan Cleeland (75), Anthony Ciavarella (61) and Greg Meyland (53) were in terrific form, while Connor Brown took two early wickets with the ball before play was halted against the Tigers.

Brayden Carey is competition’s most prominent batsmen having scored 479 in 10 innings, while Purple Luke Carter has smashed 313 from three fewer knocks.

Second-placed Barooga travels to face lowly Cobram-Yarroweyah and if results fall in its favour they could leapfrog Nathalia to top of the ladder. Eliminating last week’s washout draw, Barooga has won five straight games with its only loss of the season coming to Nathalia.

The Hawks have been prolific with the bat this campaign having smashed the most amount of runs, while they are also relatively competent with the ball, having taken 80 wickets from nine games.

Riley Gow has been in captivating form for the Hawks with bat and ball.

The all-rounder has scored the most runs and taken the most wickets for the Hawks.

In a battle between fourth and sixth, Cobram will host rivals Katamatite in a season-defining clash.

A win for Cobram could have the two sides separated by as much as three wins, while the Tigers will need to win to remain in touching distance of a finals position.

Third-placed Deniliquin Rovers should prove too strong for Finley to complete the round.

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