The Rhinos have named gun batsman Isaac Hogan to play Tocumwal tomorrow.
Deniliquin’s batting line-up has received a massive boost ahead of tomorrow’s Murray Valley Cricket Association clash against Tocumwal.
Rhinos captain Brad Todd yesterday confirmed former Town player Isaac Hogan will don the red uniform for the remainder of the season.
Hogan has played with Huntly-North Epsom in the Bendigo District Cricket Association for the past few seasons, and will play his first 45-over game for the Rhinos tomorrow.
The locals are taking on the Bloods at Memorial Park No. 3 from 12.30pm.
Missing from the Rhinos side, however, will be Ash Germano (footy trip) and Anthony Bradley (wedding).
‘‘We’re stoked to have Isaac on board, he will provide a huge boost for us,’’ Todd said.
‘‘He’ll be playing tomorrow, pending a transfer from Huntly, and he should be a great replacement for Wriggler (Bradley).’’
Coming in for Germano will be Juniors Combine batsman Chris Pyle.
The Rhinos, who are on top of the ladder, will be out to snatch their third one-day win in a row.
And they will start hot favourites considering the Bloods are one of three winless teams in the Premier division, alongside Berrigan and Jerilderie.
But in Tocumwal’s defence, its two 45-over games have been against top-six teams and the scores have been relatively close.
Last week, Cobram-Yarroweyah United set the Bloods a target of 5/270.
Tocumwal’s innings looked shot when it was 4/42, but big-hitter Keith Stevens-Venville blasted a rapid-fire 40, including one six that landed on the footy sheds, to help his team finish with 235.
‘‘I know they have some pretty good batsmen, so we’ll have to be on the look out for them,’’ Todd said.
‘‘Their strength is definitely in their batting line-up.’’
Along with Stevens-Venville, other Bloods capable of making big scores include Daniel Hickey and Nathan Owens.
Getting first crack at them with the new ball will be Deniliquin firebrands Brenton Loudon and Matt Robinson.
Fellow pace bowler Scott Checkley was dangerous last week, snaring three wickets, while teenage off-spinner Todd Marshall also took three.
Marshall, 15, has already collected nine wickets this season, the equal highest in the competition.
The Rhinos have bowled first in both their 45-over games this season and so have been denied a chance to fully flex their batting muscle.
Twice they have bowled their opponents out for a paltry score and easily reached the target with the loss of just a few wickets.
First at the crease for Deniliquin tomorrow will be Boddie Arthur and Hogan, with Tim Hillier and Brenton Loudon next in line.
Todd, Pyle, wicketkeeper Dean Edge, and Hogan’s older brother Andrew make up the middle-order, and showcase just how much depth the Rhinos really have.
Closing out the tail-end is Checkley, Robinson and Marshall, all of whom are strong batsmen at club level in Deniliquin.
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