Surprise victory

By Fraser Walker-Pearce

Another action-packed round of the Murray Valley Cricket Association saw Cobram fly high and Cobram-Yarroweyah and Barooga fall short on Saturday.

Cobram snatched a surprise victory against last year’s semi-finalists Nathalia at home as skipper Adam Decicco led from the front to get his troops across the line.

Decicco lost the toss and was asked to bowl first as Nathalia’s openers looked to put up a strong total.

But Cobram’s bowling attack had other ideas and, after taking a while to nab the first wicket, removed four batsmen for 56 runs.

Decicco took two wickets, while the rest of the bowling attack took one each; and two run outs saw Nathalia limp to 9/143 off the allocated 40 overs.

An opening stand of 43 put the away side in good stead to take on the chase, while Wian van Zyl and the skipper both notched 32, Decicco finished the day not out.

Strong cameos from Manuele Artavilla (24) and wicketkeeper Jayanath Silva (18) ensured the chase was done and dusted by the 37th over.

Cobram finished the day on 7/144, and took six points for the victory.

●In other MVCA matches on Saturday, reigning premiers Barooga were taught a lesson in how to play cricket on their home turf by Katamatite.

Winning the toss and sending Katamatite in to bat first turned out to be a mistake, as visiting skipper Andrew Erickson bashed his way to an unbeaten 96, which included nine fours and a six.

The first wicket did not fall until Katamatite had reach 120 runs, when Daniel Parnell departed for 42.

From there Sam Gordon’s 11 and Jamie Magowan’s 38 not out saw the visitors climb to a lofty 2/212 off the allocated 40 overs.

In response Barooga headed in to bat with a required rate of 5.4 runs an over — a task too challenging for the home side.

Apart from a strong 54 off 54 balls from Trent Batchelor, Barooga had little to shout about.

Gordon continued a strong day on the oval with a six-wicket haul, dismantling Barooga’s slim chances of a comeback win.

The home side was all out for 143 off 31 overs.

Cobram-Yarroweyah United fell to the same fate as Barooga when they came up against Tocumwal away from home.

The home side won the toss and elected to bat first, sending in Jesse Barker to do his worst — and he did.

Barker unleashed on United’s bowling attack, scoring seemingly at will as he raced to 115 not out.

Cameo appearances from Ranji Oliver (34) and Bradley House (23) meant United’s task became far harder than initially thought.

By the end of Tocumwal’s innings the chase had eclipsed the 200 mark, and the home side reached 6/204, leaving United with it all to do.

And after a shaky start the visitors got under way, and were looking strong at 3/117, but the wheels began to fall off when opener Ayden Latessa (54) and skipper Mitch Richmann were dismissed within minutes of each other.

Apart from Latessa and Kyle Johnstone’s (41) knocks, United had little to smile about.

With nine balls remaining in the day’s play, the tailender fell and United was all out for 147.

Deniliquin Rhinos had the bye in round two.

This weekend’s MVCA actions pits the Rhinos against United, Nathalia against Katamatite and Tocumwal against Cobram; Barooga has the bye.