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Close contest for Murray Valley Cricket Association one-day final

Cobram will play Barooga in the Bottom Pub one-day final on Saturday at Cobram Showgrounds starting at 12.30pm.

December 21, 2012 4:30am

Cobram's Mark Baker, Bottom Pub owner and major sponsor Ryan Dopper and Barooga's Ben Mansell are amped ahead of the Murray Valley Cricket Association one-day final at Cobram Showgrounds on Saturday.

Cobram will play Barooga in the Bottom Pub one-day final on Saturday at Cobram Showgrounds starting at 12.30pm.

Cobram has finished on top of the Murray Valley Cricket Association Premier ladder by only 0.6 points over Barooga after all the one-day games were completed at the weekend.

Both teams finished with eight wins, one wash-out and one loss from their 10 games.

Strathmerton has finished in third spot on the ladder, 12.81 points behind Barooga.

Cobram’s only loss during the one-day games came from Strathmerton back in round six while Barooga’s only loss was against Cobram in round seven by 31 runs.

The game will be a fantastic spectacle to watch for any cricket fan — with Cobram’s Shaun Downie coming off 93 not out against Berrigan last weekend.

Shane Healy, who has taken 19 wickets for the year, and young Dylan Ryan, who has been consistent all season taking 18 wickets, head Cobram’s bowling line-up.

As for Barooga’s bowling line-up, Justin Maley has taken more than five wickets in a game twice this year and has 21 wickets for the season, Anton Noble has taken 15 wickets while captain Matthew Jaensch has taken 14 so far.

Cobram’s batting line-up is led by Shaun Downie who has made 350 runs so far this year, Matthew Haddrell has had a good year making 261 runs while James Daniel is in good form and has made 240 runs for the year.

Barooga’s batting line-up is led by English import Ben Mansell who has made 283 runs, Justin Maley has made 236 runs with a top score of 108 not out while Jon O’Dwyer has made 235 runs in a good season so far.

At the conclusion of the game, presentations will be made at the Bottom Pub with meals and entertainment to follow.

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