The Rhinos survived a final-wicket fightback from Finley on Saturday, scoring a 22-run win.December 17, 2013 4:55am
Deniliquin Rhinos survived a scare against Finley in the second last round of Murray Valley Cricket Association’s one-day season on Saturday.
The Rhinos held off the determined home side to win the premier division clash by 22 runs, keeping their hopes of playing in the one-day final alive.
The 45-over decider will be played between the top two teams this Sunday, following the final round on Saturday.
As the ladder stands now, Deniliquin is in second place, but any of the top four teams could easily qualify.
Rhinos skipper Brad Todd said he was pleased with his team’s performance when the pressure mounted near the end of the match against Finley.
‘‘We won the toss and chose to bat, but we started terribly. Luckily, Isaac (Hogan) and Brenton (Loudon) got us back into the game with a good partnership,’’ Todd said.
‘‘I thought 167 would be a competitive total against Finley, but they started well.
‘‘We took a few wickets and pegged them back and they were about nine for 90 something.
‘‘They made a 50 odd-run partnership for the last wicket which put the pressure back on us until Isaac took the last wicket.’’
Finley’s opening attack of Peter Magill and Chris Shaw had Deniliquin in trouble at 4/4, it’s worst position of the year.
Hogan (59) and Loudon (44) were able to compile a 90-run partnership which saved the team from a shock defeat.
Further down the order Matt Robinson chipped in with 20 as the Rhinos posted 167.
Robinson and Loudon were then able to score early breakthroughs with the ball, while debutante Mick Barnett took an early catch behind stumps.
However, Darren Augustus (24) and Russell Stockdale (31) were doing their best to get their team over the line.
Veteran paceman Scott Checkley eventually removed Stockdale in his demolition of the Cats’ middle-order, and Hogan finished the match off with the stunning caught and bowled wicket of Shaw (15).
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