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Deniliquin Rhinos celebrate one-day glory

Deniliquin Rhinos have defeated Nathalia to get their hands on the one-day silverware in Murray Valley Cricket Association.

HANNAH DRISCOLL December 23, 2013 4:20am

Nathalia’s Luke Quinn fires down a delivery to the Deniliquin batsman.


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The new kids on the block have shown up their Twenty20 final vanquisher Nathalia in Murray Valley Cricket Association’s one-day final yesterday at Cobram Showgrounds.

Deniliquin Rhinos won through to the final with a 208-run win against Berrigan on Saturday, pipping Strathmerton and Waaia for the coveted second place.

Strathmerton’s 111-run win against Jerilderie was not enough to secure it a finals berth, while Waaia lost to Katamatite by three wickets.

Nathalia scored an eight-wicket win against Tocumwal on Saturday to go into the match in top place, but after dropping only one match during the regular season, it all came undone in the final.

The teams met mid-November and Nathalia won by six wickets on that occasion, but the Rhinos turned the tables yesterday with a 72-run win.

‘‘We always thought there were a couple of sides who could give us a run for our money, no doubt about that. We set up to play a side today who wanted it a lot more than us,’’ Nathalia captain Matt Jaensch said.

‘‘They wanted to win a hell of a lot more than we did and it meant a hell of a lot more to them than it did to us.’’

Deniliquin opened the innings with an 86-run partnership and made 7-218, led by vice-captain Tim Hillier with 64 and Brenton Loudon with 46.

Nathalia’s Byron Smith batted most of the innings for a return of 53, and the Rhinos’ Scott Checkley took 3-28 and Matt Robinson claimed 2-19 off nine overs each.

Deniliquin captain Brad Todd said the team’s results had been a good reward after the work put in to get into the association.

‘‘It’s a pretty good reward after we made the Twenty20 final and Nathalia beat us in that, then they beat us in the one-dayer which woke us up a bit,’’ Todd said.

‘‘It showed us the quality of cricket we had to play and got us back into actually playing proper cricket.’’

Jaensch said left-arm off-spinner Nathan Walsh had done well to step up for nine overs and take two wickets, but Smith was the clear standout.

‘‘(Deniliquin) did everything right, they’re a very, very good cricket side. We did a few things wrong, but they were just far better than us and, as I said, wanted it a hell of a lot more than us, that’s the main point,’’ Jaensch said.

‘‘There were some silly shots when we were batting. Byron Smith batted pretty much through the innings, made 53 off about 40 overs, and showed, especially the young fellas, about putting a bit of value on your wicket.

‘‘When it gets a bit hard, don’t just get out and that’s exactly what our young fellas did today.’’

In Saturday’s other matches, Cobram defeated Finley by 32 runs and Barooga downed Cobram-Yarroweyah United by 10 wickets.

The two-day rounds will start in the new year.

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