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Hillier's century steers Deniliquin to 54-run win against Cobram

Tim Hillier became the first Deniliquin Rhino to notch up a century in the Murray Valley Cricket Association with a sterling 104 against Cobram on Saturday.

December 10, 2013 4:50am

Tim Hillier drives the ball to the offside during his maiden century in the Murray Valley Cricket Association on Saturday. Photo courtesy Wayne Bradley.

An awe-inspiring century from Deniliquin opening batsman Tim Hillier steered the Rhinos to a 54-run win against Cobram in round 11 of the Murray Valley Cricket Association on Sunday.

The seasoned campaigner blasted 11 boundaries and three sixes on his way to becoming the first Rhino to make a century in the MVCA, lasting more than 30 overs before being caught out on 104 runs.

‘‘It was good to get a few runs. We lost Wriggler (Anthony Bradley) and (Ash) Germano pretty early so it was pleasing to put on a bit of a partnership with Isaac Hogan to get us out of trouble,’’ Hillier said.

‘‘Then Brenton Loudon took two wickets in his first over which really put Cobram on the back foot.’’

Playing in Cobram, the Rhinos won the toss and chose to bat first, keen to get back on the winners list after two losses in a row.

Hillier’s opening partner Bradley (2) and no. 3 Germano (0) didn’t last long however, and at 2/17 it looked as though Deni was in for another tough match.

But Isaac Hogan was able to consolidate with Hillier, and together they forged a bountiful 126-run partnership for the third wicket.

Hogan (55) was in fine form himself, reaching the ropes eight times in scoring his highest total of the season.

He was eventually caught by Dylan Ryan off the bowling of Marc Baker.

Andrew Hogan chipped in with 25 before being bowled by his namesake, Cobram’s Andrew Hogan, while Deni skipper Brad Todd (4) was caught and bowled by Baker before doing any damage.

The Rhinos finished up with 6/221 after 45 overs.

In reply, Brenton Loudon had Cobram immediately on the back foot, removing Baker and Nicholas Hoban for ducks and leaving the home side 2/0.

But Justin Peace (38) and Brent Downie (57) were able to compile a 69-run stand before Loudon struck again, clean bowling Peace and putting the Rhinos back on track.

The spin bowling combination of Todd Marshall and Isaac Hogan then removed the next three batsmen, who only managed to make 27 runs between them, while Cobram’s Hogan was run out for a duck.

In trouble at 7/129, Cobram were again tormented by Isaac Hogan when he dismissed Rhys Mathieson (5) and then ran out Downie before Todd trapped Ryan (3) LBW to finish off the game.

The home side batted for 41.3 overs and made 167 runs.

Loudon’s nine overs yielded two maidens and 3-44, while Isaac Hogan took 3-31 from seven overs.

Sunday’s win all but sealed the Rhinos a place in the MVCA’s Premier Plate (top six) two-day competition, which starts after Christmas.

MVCA ladder: Nathalia 103.35, Deniliquin Rhinos 87.51, Barooga 80.21, Strathmerton 78.95, Waaia 76.96, Katamatite 63.79, CYU 62.41, Finley 57.90, Katunga 56.77, Cobram 55.04, Tocumwal 40.33, Jerilderie 24.74, Berrigan 23.01.

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