Deniliquin Rhinos continued their strong form in Saturday’s Murray Valley Cricket Association clash with Nathalia.
The Rhinos sent a message to the rest of the competition heading into finals by tearing through the Nathalia batting line-up to have their opposition all out for 112.
In response, they were not perfect with the bat, moving to 4-55 and within 58 runs of victory.
But the devastating bowling was the highlight of day one; Liam Evans went quickly for a duck, joined back in the sheds by Scott Morris and Brodie Ross to leave Nathalia 3-21.
It was a day to remember for Rhinos Andrew Hogan and Anthony Bradley, who caused havoc with four wickets each.
If it was not for Tom Nihill (23) and Luke Quinn (37), the damage could have been far worse for Nathalia with the pair the only bats to get out of single figures.
Hogan picked up the last two wickets of the innings to finish with 4-29 off 15.5 overs.
But what could have been a perfect day for the Rhinos was spoiled slightly as Luke Carter produced a brilliant spell of 4-23 to get his side back into the game.
He had Bradley out lbw for a duck and had fellow opener Ashley Germano caught soon after for 10.
He struck again to get rid of Zeniffe Fowler and completed the rampage by bowling Boddie Arthur for 12.
At 4-37 it was Deniliquin on the back foot, but Hogan and Brad Todd batted through to stumps.
Meanwhile, league leader Barooga made light work of Katamatite, sealing first innings points on day one.
Justin Maley was the side’s star, taking six wickets as Katamatite crumbled to make just 77 before being bowled out.
Only Tom Rutter provided resistance before he became another of Maley’s victims, stumped for 26.
In response Barooga needed just 27 overs to seal the win losing just three wickets in the process.
Luke Barnard took all the wickets for Katamatite.
At Cobram Showgrounds, Cobram produced a strong display batting first against Cobram-Yarroweyah United.
Jonathan Fearn and Ashley Saunders made half-centuries as Cobram made 235.
Lachlan Hyde was important too with 42 not out before his side was bowled out in 70 overs.
And in a short 10-over burst with the ball before stumps, Cobram found a wicket to leave United in trouble at 1-10 with a daunting chase ahead.
At Finley, visitor Waaia made 240 in 66 overs before being bowled out.
By stumps Finley was 2-34, still more than 200 runs in arrears.