Cobram’s lower order batsmen have combined to save it from a precarious position in the final round of Murray Valley Cricket Association premier division action.
The Tigers fell to 4-35 and 6-106 at Finley Recreation Reserve, with the home side sniffing a breakthrough victory to finish the season.
Aside from opener Manuele Artavilla (32), none of Cobram’s top five batters could make their way to double figures.
But Jonathan Fearn (55), Izac Artavilla (44), Tyron Baden (37) and Lachlan Hyde (47) were able to wrestle the momentum of the match back from Finley’s clutches and steer Cobram to 249 all out.
Chris Shaw (4-49) and Darcy Webb (2-23) were the most productive bowlers for the Cats, but the unit would have been unhappy to let the Tigers off the hook.
That feeling was compounded when Shaw (nine) and Daniel Hibberd (21) fell to Adam Decicco (2-8) before stumps were called, but Daniel McHugh (nine not out) and Matt Wilson (one not out) will set out to reel in the remaining 209 runs required for victory when play resumes on day two.
It seemed a good day to be a Tiger on Saturday, with Katamatite also in a strong position against Cobram-Yarroweyah United.
The combine was sent in to bat by the home side and could only manage 121 from its innings.
Jordan Dickie (3-12) led Katamatite’s bowling attack, but Tom Rutter (2-17), Luke Barnard (2-18) and Brad Parnell (2-34) also took multiple wickets.
The Tigers drew within 50 runs of United’s score after 37 overs at the crease and will resume next week on 2-71.
Rhys Tierney (27 not out) and Rutter (13 not out) are the unbeaten batsmen for Katamatite.
Meanwhile, Deniliquin did not let Waaia entertain hopes of an outright victory for long.
The Bombers elected to bat first against the Rhinos, but were dismissed for 131 in 66 overs.
Jordan Cleeland (44 from 121 deliveries) and Jesse Trower (19 from 96) provided plenty of resistance in the middle of Waaia’s innings, but could not keep the scoreboard ticking.
Evan Pocock (4-14) and Anthony Bradley (3-29) were destructive for the Rhinos, who reached 2-26 at stumps.