No point in Finley dwelling on bad luck

February 02, 2018

Finley will attempt to repeat the batting performance that put it within sight of a drought-breaking victory last round when it takes on Barooga this weekend.

The Cats and Hawks will battle tomorrow and Sunday at Barooga Recreation Reserve and the visitors will look to Daniel Hibberd and Daniel McHugh to do the heavy lifting with the bat.

The pair put on 191 runs together against Cobram-Yarroweyah United as they both smashed centuries to put Finley in a winning position before scorching heat intervened prior to day two of the match, consigning the side to a draw.

‘‘There was no certainty we would have won against CYU as we still needed nine wickets, but we were in a solid position,’’ Cats captain Chris Shaw told the Southern Riverina News this week.

‘‘It certainly is disappointing, but there’s nothing we can do.

‘‘The rules are in place and we know that, the team just needs to look forward to next week.

‘‘There have been plenty of times where this has happened in our favour.’’

A big win for the Hawks could help them lock down at least second spot on the table and keep the pressure on ladder leader Nathalia.

The Purples found themselves in trouble against Cobram on Australia Day after being bowled out for 91, but turned the screws in the afternoon to take control of the clash once more.

The Tigers will resume tomorrow on 2-18 after facing 32 overs of tight bowling from Nathalia, of which 25 were maidens.

Remarkably, the Purples did not give up a single extra in those 32 overs and will be looking to keep up the bowling effort tomorrow.

Waaia will be hoping the Purples can do just that in order to help it close the gap on fourth-placed Cobram.

The Bombers made 5-138 last week before declaring to send CYU in before stumps, but the home side did not melt under the pressure and will resume on 0-31.

Deniliquin is within just 25 runs of a first-innings victory against Katamatite.

The Rhinos rolled the Tigers for 98 in less than 53 overs before making their way to 2-74 at stumps.

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