Barooga has the power of Healey

March 06, 2018

Barooga has stormed to the top of the Murray Valley Cricket Association premier division table on the eve of the finals.

The Hawks produced a stunning bowling performance to roll perennial performer Nathalia for just 105 in 40 overs on Saturday in an ominous warning to the top four teams.

Shane Healey claimed the title of chief destroyer for the home side, taking 5-45 from 16 overs — six of which were maidens.

Riyaad Henry (2-31), Kale Watkins (1-4) and Riley Gow (1-9) also chipped in to help reduce the Purples to the sub-par score.

Scott Morris (36), Brayden Summerville (28) and Bowen Smith (13) were the only Nathalia batters able to reach double figures, with their other eight teammates contributing just 18 runs.

The Purples will take on Deniliquin in next week’s semi-final, with the Rhinos tuning up well for the clash by defeating Waaia.

The Bombers bowled well to reduce the Rhinos to 5-37 in pursuit of 132 for victory, but Zeniffe Fowler (57), Brad Todd (40) and Anthony Bradley (23 not out) ensured success for the away side with important knocks.

Matt Stuart (5-24), Jesse Trower (3-32) and Connor Brown (2-44) were Waaia’s strike weapons with the ball.

Cobram will take on rival Barooga in the other semi-final.

The Tigers made quick work of Finley to snare first innings points in the final round of the regular season, but finished the day by getting bowled out for 107.

Adam Decicco (5-33) and James Daniel (3-24) were the catalysts in rolling the Cats for 135, with the pair then backing its performances up with 35 and 26 runs respectively.

No other Tiger found a knock of note though as Chris Shaw (6-20) and Russell Stockdale (3-39) ripped through the batting order.

Cobram-Yarroweyah United suffered an outright defeat in its final game, but bravely pushed for a reverse result in an attempt to finish the season on a high.

Katamatite made 158 in reply to the combine’s 121, and after the away side slogged for 22 overs to reach 8-129 it declared and sent the Tigers back in to bat.

There would be no fairytale finish though as Katamatite sped to 1-95 and outright success within 14 overs.

Ayden Latessa (5-21) and Brad Parnell (5-45) were the standout bowlers for the combine and Tigers respectively.

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