Tocumwal continued its domination of the Murray Valley Cricket Association Division One competition with a 37 run win over rival Berrigan on Saturday.
The win improved the Bloods’ unbeaten run to five wins and they lead the competition after six rounds.
In overcast conditions, Tocumwal’s captain Jesse Barker won the toss and sent the Saints in to bat.
Berrigan started poorly against some disciplined bowling from Tocumwal openers Andy Arthur and Barker.
Berrigan’s opening pair of Andrew Parr and Lachie Pyle didn’t last long, with Parr bowled on the fourth ball of the innings for a duck by Arthur (3/5).
Pyle was the next man to go caught off the bowling of Arthur and the Saints were in huge strife at 2/2.
Wickets continued to fall, with Berrigan on their knees at 5/13 after 12 overs.
Brad Loats joined Kevin Pink in the middle and the two scrambled the Saints to 20, before Robert Owen (5/7) destroyed the Saints’ lower order.
He picked up Loats for one (bowled), Tom Whelan caught for a duck, Harley Middleton bowled for a duck and Pink caught for six and the Saints were now 9/27.
Riley Dempster did some late hitting before he was bowled by Owen for seven and the Saints finished all out on 35 in the 22nd over.
Berrigan’s opening bowling pair of Whelan and Zac Nugent started well for the Saints against Tocumwal’s opening pair of Michael Roberts and Barker.
Whelan had Barker caught at first slip for three in the fifth over and the Bloods were 1/18.
Owen was the next man in and played and missed against some excellent bowling. Then, with the score on 23, Nugent struck claiming Owen (lbw) for a duck.
This brought the dangerous Keith Stevens to the crease, however he didn’t last long caught and bowled by Nugent for one and Tocumwal were now 3/29.
Christina Roberts joined her brother in the middle and the two saw the Bloods past the Saints’ score.
Michael Roberts finished up on 39 before being caught, with Tocumwal 5/51.
Ranji Oliver and Darren White got the score to 72 before declaring and sending the Saints back in again to try and score some percentage points.
In their second dig, the Saints re-jigged their line-up, which saw Andrew Parr and Nugent opening the batting.
This time the Saints started stronger, taking the opportunities to hit boundaries from some inconsistent bowling from Tocumwal.
However, a change in the attack saw Reilly Rennick introduced with instant results, picking up Parr who was caught behind for eight and the Saints were 1/28.
Thornton was the next man in and rotated the strike to give Nugent every opportunity to muscle some boundaries.
Nugent bashed the Tocumwal bowlers around the park, passing his 50 and at one stage clubbing four consecutive sixes.
A change in the bowling attack saw Owen dismiss Nugent for 58 and the score was now 2/79.
Pyle joined Thornton in the middle and again the Saints started to tick along with the scoring.
Thornton was dismissed for 12 and Loats for a duck, both caught off the bowling of Stevens, and Pyle caught off the bowling of Owen and the Saints were 5/90.
Tocumwal cleaned up the tail order as the Saints finished all out for 94.
Tocumwal’s Division Two side suffered their first loss of the year, going down to Katunga by 65 runs.
The Swans won the toss, choosing to bat first at Tocumwal Recreation Reserve.
It was a decision that soon proved beneficial with Joshua Macfayden scoring an impressive 76 runs to help his side to a total of 170 following the allotted 35 overs.
Tocumwal was best led by Baylee Morton with the ball, taking 4/6 from his two over spell.
The Bloods struggled in their run chase, falling to 3/15 early in the innings.
This proved costly for Tocumwal, with the Bloods eventually dismissed for 105 after 30 overs.
Morton top scored for Toc. with 23 runs and Dean Cole chipped in with 22.
The Under 14s had a 27 run loss to Nathalia in their two day clash.
The Bloods managed to post an impressive 3/121 after their 40 allotted overs on day one.
The Purples responded strongly though, finishing their 40 overs at 5/148 to leave Tocumwal in sixth spot on the ladder.
In the Under 12s, both teams played at home this week, with Team One hosting Jerilderie and Team Two hosting Finley.
Team One claimed its first win for the season, finishing 28 runs in front of the Dees.
Not out batters this week were Percy Dines (16) and Alana Sutton (0) helping the Bloods finish up on 133 runs.
Bowling for Toc Team One saw Jackson Bury with three wickets, Percy Dines two, and Conner Chivers two, conceding 105 runs in total.
Team Two wicket takers this week saw Rueben Haley two, Joe Barker, Logan White and Charlie Lock all snagging one each.
Young Reuben Haley had another great game leading the ‘not outs’ in the batting list with 17, while Liam Purtill (12) also enjoyed an innings without going out.
Great job to this team who ended up having a draw with Finley.