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Stevens hits big on way to a ton

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November 29, 2017

Tocumwal's Jordyn Poynton collected a five-wicket haul in Division One against Strathmerton on Saturday. Photo Helen Barker.

A Keith Stevens century has helped Tocumwal’s Division One side continue their unbeaten run in the Murray Valley Cricket Association.

Playing host to Strathmerton for the round eight clash on Saturday, Stevens smashed a mammoth seven sixes and 13 fours to score 102 runs and lead his side to a 172-run victory.

The win secured top spot on the ladder for the Bloods.

Tocumwal won the toss and elected to bat in the 40 over one-day game.

The opening pair of Michael Roberts (10) and Jesse Barker (22) managed a 29-run partnership before Roberts went in the fourth over, and Barker not far behind losing his wicket in the eighth over.

This had the pair of Ranji Oliver and Stevens at the crease.

Like Australian cricket captain Steve Smith, Stevens also had his sight set on a big 100, only taking 11 overs to reach his century.

Stevens fell soon after notching up his ton, caught out to leave the Bloods in a healthy position at 3/155

The in-form Rod Booth came to the crease and made 68 not out, with Oliver making a tidy 59 for a 70-run partnership.

Cameo appearances from Darren White (22) and James Balcombe (12 not out) helped the Bloods to a final total of 5/331.

With such a great effort with the bat, the bowlers were well rested when they took to the field.

Jordyn Poynton was on fire, taking 5/44 off eight overs, while Andy Arthur (1/13 off five) and Robbie Owen (1/4 off three) also bowled well.

Kyle Johnstone starred for Strathmerton scoring 54 for the visitors, before the home side dismissed the Dogs for a total of 139 after 32.4 overs.

Tocumwal’s Division Two wasn’t as fortunate as the Division One side, travelling to take on Cobram-Yarroweyah United and going down by 91 runs.

CYU won the toss and elected to bat, finishing their innings on 6/178 after the allotted 35 overs.

The bowlers were led again by Dale Chandler (2/13 off six overs), with Lachlan McDonald (2/27 off seven) and Dean Cole (1/23 off five) also bowling well.

This score was going to be a challenge for the Bloods — although they have had a few wins, they were also missing some of their key players on Saturday.

Paul Mangion had a top score innings of 30, Perry Cole 15, and Daniel Pyle and Dale Chandler both contributing 13 apiece.

It wasn’t enough to catch CYU though, with the Bloods’ tail collapsing, losing the last six wickets for 13 runs and only managing 87 runs in their chase.

The Bloods will host Katamatite on Saturday.

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