Last Saturday’s scorching heat dashed Finley’s hopes of a first victory in more than two years.
Murray Valley Cricket Association was forced to declare all round 11 matches a draw because of the heat, leaving the Cats stranded in a winning position.
The dynamic Daniels — Hibberd and McHugh — smashed twin tons on day one of their side’s clash against Cobram-Yarroweyah United to put the Cats in the box seat to secure maximum points before weather intervened.
Such is the make-up of round 12’s Premier Division fixture that Finley will have to wait yet another week to return to the crease and set about compiling a strong total once more.
Barooga Recreation Reserve will host a double-header between the Hawks and Cats next weekend, while other matches of the round will begin today and tomorrow.
Waaia will travel to Scott Oval today to take on the combine and try to keep its season alive.
The Bombers needed a positive result last week to harbour serious hopes of post-season action, but will require at least one outright result in the last three rounds as they still trail Cobram by three wins.
Working in the fifth-placed side’s favour is the fact that Cobram faces the toughest task in the competition, with a trip to Nathalia to take on the Purples today.
Liam Evans was instrumental for the association in its recent Bendigo Country Week division one triumph and could take the game away from Cobram in a matter of overs today — with bat or ball in hand.
Katamatite is another side needing close to a miracle to play finals.
The Tigers tackle Deniliquin tomorrow at Memorial Park and will need to quell the influence of all-rounder Andrew Hogan in order to stand any chance of victory.
The second day of play for all three of the matches scheduled to start this weekend is pencilled in for next Saturday.
With weather forecasts predicting plenty more hot weather during the next week though, players will be hoping for a cool change to set in quickly in order to return to the field.