Hawks or Rhinos next in line to throne

March 16, 2018

Jamie Stanyer's premiership experience will work in Barooga's favour in the Murray Valley Cricket Association decider against Deniliquin this weekend.

A number of fresh faces will adorn the premiership dais of the Murray Valley Cricket Association after this weekend.

The Premier Division final between Barooga and Deniliquin will result in success for a new generation of Murray cricketers after a sustained period of Nathalia dominance in the competition.

The Hawks last claimed a two-day flag in 2008-09, the second of back-to-back triumphs, while the Rhinos have never secured the association’s crown jewel after only forming ahead of the 2013-14 season.

Intriguingly, Deniliquin star Anthony Bradley was an integral cog in Barooga’s last premierships — making almost 1400 runs across the two seasons — but will this time be an important player on the other side of the battleground.

Matthew Dimble, Jamie Stanyer and Justin Maley are also Barooga premiership players, and remain at the Hawks.

The trio’s experience could be crucial at the weekend when the sides clash at Cobram Showgrounds.

Barooga has taken victory in both fixtures between the teams this season and goes into the decider as favourite.

In last week’s semi-final, Joel Cahir ripped through Cobram’s batting order with 5-34 to set up victory.

After a few nervous moments late in the chase, Sam Leigh (51), Kale Watkins (79) and Riyaad Henry (50) did enough to book the Hawks a ticket to the final weekend of the season.

Meanwhile, Deniliquin climbed a mountain not many sides have reached the summit of in recent times, defeating the Purples in a knockout fixture.

The contest, which was at Cobram Showgrounds, also went down to the wire.

Andrew Hogan (78) and Boddie Arthur (60) did the damage with the bat, while an even bowling performance will need to be repeated again from tomorrow if the Rhinos are to reach their MVCA peak.

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