The first round of the Murray Valley Cricket Association's one-day games start tomorrow, with the Rhinos to meet a young Jerilderie at Memorial Park.
Murray Valley Cricket Association’s one-day series gets underway this Saturday, with Deniliquin to lock horns with familiar foe Jerilderie.
The Demons were part of the Deniliquin District Cricket Association for nine seasons, but left to join the MVCA after playing in the grand final in 2012/13.
Mathoura also left the DDCA and the subsequent restructure of the local competition saw the Rhinos formed, and the two sides will be eager to score the first scalp.
The 45-over game will be played at Memorial Park’s No. 3 Oval from noon.
‘‘There probably is a bit of extra tension (between Deni and Jerilderie),’’ Rhinos batsman Tim Hillier said.
‘‘I know they have an import playing for them, a Pommy offspiner (Ben Stein), so he’ll be one to wach out for.
‘‘They have Lachy Taylor-Nugent back for this game as well.’’
Jerilderie is a young side with only two players older than 25, but it has recruited well in the off-season to pick up 19 year-old English spinner Stein and a knowledgeable group of ex-MVCA players to help them make the transition into the higher standard of cricket.
Young players Blair Henery, Lachlan Westwood, Rowan and Grant-Patrick Smith, Daniel Bryce, James Gregory and James Browning are backed by the likes of the experienced Alistair Wells, Chris Lockhart and captain Troy Hamilton.
The Demons dropped both their T20 matches last weekend, but Stein (3-18) and Westwood (3-12) were dangerous with the ball, while opening batsman Grant-Patrick Smith enjoyed a good knock of 30 against Nathalia, including six boundaries.
The only change in Deni’s side will see batsman Chris Pyle make way for the returning Ash Germano.
Hillier said the club’s new sight screens will be used for the first at Memorial Park on Saturday.
The finals of the MVCA T20 competition will be played this Sunday at Nathalia.
Strathmerton has pulled out, meaning the top seven teams from the first two games, played last Saturday, will take on each other in a knockout fixture from 9am.
Because Deniliquin is on top of the ladder, it will have a bye first before taking on either Barooga or Cobram in the semi finals at 12.15pm.
‘‘(Strathmerton pulling out) has worked out well for us. It means we don’t have to be up so early,’’ Hillier said.
‘‘We’ll take over a squad of 12, so Pyley (Chris Pyle) will come over as well.’’
Hillier said judging from last week’s performance, his side is feeling ‘‘quietly condifent’’.
The grand final will be played at 3.30pm, with the winning side taking home $250 and going on to play in a statewide T20 tournament.
The runners-up receive $100.
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