Finley ready for Barooga road trip

January 31, 2018

Finley Cricket Club will look for a repeat effort of their last innings as they prepare for the Murray Valley Cricket round 12 two-day clash against Barooga this weekend.

The Cats will travel to Barooga on Saturday and Sunday, chasing their first win in over two years.

In round 11, Finley were poised to win after finishing day one of their two day clash with Cobram Yarroweyah United in a strong position.

Finley were sitting at 2/277, declaring after 72 overs, and held CYU to 1/4 after eight overs at stumps.

The team was full of confidence after two inspirational centuries from veteran Daniel Hibberd and English import Daniel McHugh.

With the mercury expected to reach over 40 degrees for day two on Saturday however, the Murray Valley Cricket Association cancelled the match — along with all other matches across the league — on Friday night. Both teams therefore shared the points.

Cats skipper Chris Shaw said the team was ‘‘shattered’’ they could not play on.

‘‘There was no certainty we would have won against CYU as we still needed nine wickets, but we were in a solid position,’’ Shaw said.

‘‘It certainly is disappointing, but there’s nothing we can do.

‘‘The rules are in place and we know that, the team just needs to look forward to next week.

‘‘There have been plenty of times were this has happened in our favour.’’

While disappointed they were unable to play, Shaw said the heat rule being enforced was expected.

‘‘We had a fair idea it was going to be cancelled pretty early on,’’ he said.

‘‘But credit to the boys, we all continued to train hard throughout the week and have prepared well for Barooga.’’

This weekend’s match between the Cats and the Hawks was originally scheduled to be played over two weekends, however both teams mutually agreed to play over February 3 and 4.

‘‘They (the Hawks) will be a tough test as a top four side, but we can take a lot of confidence out from the game against CYU,’’ Shaw said.

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