Luck hands Hawks home semi-final

March 09, 2018

Brad Todd could be cruical for Deniliquin its semi-final against Nathalia this weekend.

By sheer luck of the draw, Barooga has secured a home final in the Murray Valley Cricket Association premier division.

The Saturday-Sunday semi-finals start tomorrow and the Hawks, who finished on top of the table, will host Cobram at Barooga Recreation Reserve.

If the Tigers can manage to knock off the minor premier it would in turn give them a home grand final, with next weekend’s decider scheduled for the Cobram Showgrounds.

It will be no easy task, though.

The Hawks dominated the round one clash between the pair.

Shane Healey led the charge with the ball for Barooga, taking 3-38 to help restrict Cobram to 9-168 from its 45 overs.

Sam Leigh (70) then anchored the innings with the bat to steer the Hawks towards a seven-wicket victory.

The second fixture between the two was declared a draw after the first day, with Riley Gow’s 44 from 61 deliveries the highlight.

For Cobram, Adam Decicco has been a revelation since joining the club this season.

The all-rounder hit an unbeaten 64 and claimed 2-22 in round one to announce his presence in the competition, and his 213 runs at 30.4 and 26 wickets at 13.2 have been integral for the Tigers.

The other semi-final also promises plenty.

Deniliquin and Nathalia have had two enthralling contests this campaign.

The Rhinos claimed a 97-run triumph in round seven on the back of Zeniffe Fowler (62), Andrew Hogan (60 not out) and Brad Todd (4-16).

In round 13 the Purples turned the tables dramatically, securing an outright success in a low-scoring fixture.

Luke Carter (7-41 in the first innings) and Ash Quinn (8-33 in the second) were Nathalia’s destroyers with the ball, and will again look to strike quickly at the Cobram Showgrounds this weekend.

Both matches begin at noon, with 80 overs to be played on each day of the two-day fixture.

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