Finley’s Premier Division were soundly defeated by Waaia in the Murray Valley Cricket Association on Saturday with the Bombers proving far too good.
On the surface it would appear like a drubbing but the Cats showed some real grit in the field and some good resilience with the bat.
Waaia batted first and were immediately on the attack.
Openers Greg Meyland (48) and Brayden Carey (89) started brilliantly and with the field restrictions in place and a lightning fast outfield the pair developed a century opening stand.
Both men rode their luck and the Cats were powerless to stop the onslaught.
When the restrictions were lightened, the Cats began to slow the run rate.
Russell Stockdale (2/39 off nine) snared Meyland at slip and some effective offies from Matthew Wilson slowed the run rate in the middle overs.
Mitchell Cleeland (85 not out) continued to hit big shots though and the total grew.
Stockdale had Carey caught and bowled with the score 169 and the last 15 overs the Cats did a super job to restrict the hosts with Dan McHugh taking three wickets, Duncan Clarke one and a run out closing the Bombers’ innings at 7/288.
With the target a massive challenge the Cats lost three early wickets to be in strife.
But McHugh (35) and Wilson (18) dug deep for a handy 42 run partnership.
Wilson cleared the rope twice but went to the well once too often and was caught trying for a third.
Three more wickets fell in quick succession before a gutsy 32 run partnership between Cameron Isedale (22) and Phil Leatham (12) ticked the Cats along well.
Eventually the Cats were dismissed for 134 in the 35th over.
The one day fixtures are now finished and two day play commences for the Cats when they host Katamatite this Saturday and Sunday.
Finley’s Division Two side suffered their first defeat of the season with Tocumwal being far too good for the Cats on Saturday.
Batting first the Cats were skittled for just 90 runs in the 26th over.
It was a disappointing effort with James Midson leading the way with 17.
Russell Anderson (15), Andrew Taylor (13) and Marcus Anderson (10) all got starts but were unable to push on and the innings fell away as a result.
In reply, Tocumwal wasted little time in attacking the target.
Paul Mangion (14) and Dean Cole (26 not out) got the innings away to a solid start.
Marcus Anderson (2/27 off four) picked up two poles but from that point the Cats were out of the game with Rod Booth (55 not out) blasting eight boundaries on the way to a half century and a comfortable eight wicket win for the Bloods.
Finley can bounce back this week when they travel to Jerilderie on Saturday.
The Combined Cats Under 16s face a tough challenge when play resumes on Thursday night against Nathalia.
The visitors posted 131 from 35 overs with Shannon Young’s unbeaten 72 the difference for Nathalia.
The only other score in double figures was extras as the Cats bowled effective areas to slow the scoring rate of the other 10 batsmen.
Bailey Coombs led the way with 2/20 whilst there were five other individual wicket takers and two run outs for the Cats.
The Cats batted four overs to close the day and lost Baylee Morton (0) on the cusp of stumps to finish at 1/3.
An entertaining finale is expected on Thursday night, with the Cats needing 132 runs to win from their remaining 36 overs.
Finley’s Under 14s are in a good position against Barooga following Saturday morning’s play.
The Cats bowled first and did a great job to contain the Hawks’ attack with wickets falling regularly.
The game concludes this week with full scores in next week’s report.