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Vital partnerships gets Nathalia home

After appearing to be down and out, a healthy partnership between Luke Quinn and Bailey Bell has propelled Nathalia to victory over Barooga in Murray Valley Cricket Association.

MATTHEW GALEA March 17, 2014 4:10am

Ash Quinn formed one part of a great team performance to book Nathalia’s spot in this weekend’s Murray Valley Cricket Association grand final.

When you find yourself 6-60 in a semi-final, you need someone to stand up.

The scorecard might suggest that for Nathalia, the man that stood up was Luke Quinn, but what it won’t tell you is about 15-year-old Bailey Bell who stuck with Quinn to help create a 90-run partnership.

That partnership proved vital in helping Nathalia to a 93-run win over Barooga in the Murray Valley Cricket Association Premier Cup semi-final.

‘‘It was awesome, the way he stuck in there,’’ Nathalia captain Matt Jaensch said.

‘‘Luke was fantastic as well, and I reckon that’s the best innings he’s ever played for us and it was a very important one for Nathalia.’’

Quinn scored the majority of the runs, making 70 before he was dismissed, but Bell more than held his own in high-pressure circumstances to score 41.

‘‘It was a fantastic performance, we had to show a lot of fight, especially with the bat,’’ Jaensch said.

‘‘Obviously being 2-20 and then 6-60 is never good in any game, let alone in a semi-final, but to show the fight that we did was very promising.’’

Jaensch played his own role in the spirited batting performance, scoring 28, but he really led by example with the ball on day two.

The Nathalia captain took four wickets and bowled 11 maidens in his 17 overs, allowing just 10 runs in the process.

Ash Quinn also impressed, taking two wickets of his own, as well as 10 maidens from his 25 overs.

‘‘Ash was awesome, we bowled in tandem and it worked well,’’ Jaensch said.

‘‘After lunch we kept them to 14 runs and took two wickets off the first 20 overs, and that really put the pressure on them.

‘‘It was just a good team effort. When everyone plays their role like that, you’ll win more than you lose.’’

Barooga was all out for 113 after less than 67 overs.

The result means Nathalia will take on Strathmerton in the grand final next weekend.

Strathmerton booked its place in another grand final with a massive first innings win by 148 runs, putting it in ominous form ahead of the big dance this weekend.

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