Covering the Goulburn and Murray valleys

No cup, but still a plate to achieve

Cobram-Yarroweyah United would like to be playing for the premier cup, but instead it is now aiming to capture the premier plate in Murray Valley Cricket Association.

HANNAH DRISCOLL January 9, 2014 4:05am

Nick Guerts and Cobram-Yarroweyah United begin their quest for the Murray Valley Cricket Association premier plate this weekend.

Captain Stuart Thomson says Cobram-Yarroweyah United is disappointed not to be playing off for Murray Valley Cricket Association’s premier cup this season.

Murray Valley’s premier draw was split into two based on the ladder after 13 rounds of one-day and Twenty20 matches, with Cobram-Yarroweyah falling in the bottom six with five wins and seven defeats.

This year Nathalia, Deniliquin, Strathmerton, Waaia, Barooga and Katamatite will vie for the main premier cup, while Cobram, Finley, Cobram-Yarroweyah, Katunga, Tocumwal and Jerilderie will play off for the premier plate.

Thomson blamed a lack of consistency with their performances, especially with the bowling, for failing to make the grade.

‘‘We gave away too many runs and at the end of the day, you just can’t do that,’’ Thomson said.

Cobram-Yarroweyah finds itself pitted against Katunga in the first round of two-day matches that start on Saturday.

The teams played a one-day match in November, which the Cobram-based side won by 21 runs, and Thomson said, barring any changes at training, it would keep the same batting line-up it had before Christmas.

‘‘We showed that we batted out the 40 overs quite comfortably mostly before Christmas, and that’s trying to look for runs as well,’’ he said.

‘‘If we can bat the 80 overs we’ll get enough runs, and the same goes for any team really. If you can bat out the 80 overs it will be a good game.’’

He hoped bowler Ben Davis returned in form, with the medium-pacer taking 15 wickets in 12 matches, including a season-best 3-11 against Berrigan and 3-29 against Katunga.

Thomson also hoped Kieran Andrew, who is averaging 18.8 runs after 12 innings, would be able to spend a bit more time at the crease in the two-dayers, but also the youngsters in the team would be able to come out with bat or ball and find some confidence.

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