Jerilderie’s streak of four wins has come to an end, going down to Katunga by seven runs in their Murray Valley Cricket Association Division Two clash in Katunga on Saturday.
The round 10 clash was the first game following the Christmas break, with the Dees winning the toss and sending Katunga into bat.
Jerilderie quickly had the home side on the defensive with a wicket down before any runs were on the board.
Katunga slowly set about repairing the damage, losing their next wicket in the 20th over, with the score at 37.
The next 16 overs saw Katunga pile on 110 runs to be 5/147 at the end of their allotted 35 overs.
Katunga opener Trent Corby compiled a well-made 44, with Bailey Smith making 21 after the first wicket went down.
Aaron Macfadyen was also a strong performer with the bat finishing 42 not out at the end of Katunga’s innings.
The best of the Jerilderie bowlers were Fraser Pinnuck (1/9 off four) and Jordy Anthony (1/14 off seven).
Other Jerilderie wicket takers were Ignatius Crittenden (1/18 off two) and Ben Neessen (1/24 off five).
In the run chase Jerilderie opener Ben Neessen attempted to take the game by the throat hitting a four and a six off the first two balls.
Unfortunately for the Dees, Neessen would be dismissed on ball three, caught out with the score at 1/10.
The other opener Dave Pasin (4) and Jordy Anthony (0) were gone in quick succession, leaving the Demons on their knees at 3/14.
Blair Henery, who came in at number three, put on a stellar performance at the crease, hitting five boundaries and adding 60 runs to the Demons’ tally.
Unfortunately during his time in the middle, three Jerilderie batsmen departed before Henery was clean bowled in the 33rd over, with the Demons 13 runs from victory.
Dylan Henery (4) and Crittenden (1) couldn’t get enough willow to the ball in the final two overs, with Jerilderie falling seven runs short of the required total, 7/140 after 35 overs.
Others to make double figures with the bat were Andy Neessen (19) and Luke Keating (15).
Wicket takers for Katunga were Trent Baker (3/21 off seven), Dan Simpson (2/11 off seven), Oliver Small (1/13 off five) and Bailey Smith (1/23 off five).