It was a day to forget for the Tocumwal Premier team with Nathalia producing a stunning batting performance to blow away the Bloods bowling on Saturday in the Murray Valley Cricket Association.
The Bloods won the toss and batted first but were never able to build any momentum at all throughout the innings.
A diligent 20 from Reilly Rennick at the top of the order was a good effort with Daniel Hibberd (10 runs) and James Balcombe (10) also getting starts.
But wickets fell at regular intervals. Ranji Oliver (26) battled hard in the middle order and some late hitting from Andrew Arthur (18) and Angus Bouchier (17 n.o.) got the Bloods to 8/128 at the end of their 45 overs.
Liam Evans, Archie Congues and Brodie Ross all took two wickets for the hosts.
The Nathalia batting then put on a show.
Ashley Quinn and Ross took to the Bloods attack in blistering fashion.
Some superb timing and powerful hits ensured a furious run rate was reached.
The Bloods were powerless to stop the onslaught.
Quinn hit 69 off 33 balls with ten ‘fours’ and two ‘sixes’ while Ross belted 60 off just 30 balls with eight ‘fours’ and three ‘sixes’.
Nathalia won comfortably and the Bloods now must regroup against the second placed Deni Rhinos on Saturday.
The Division One Bloods posted a much needed win against Berrigan in an entertaining contest which saw the hosts win by 24 runs.
Batting first Tocumwal posted a solid 7/162 from their 40 overs.
Josh MacFadyen was the star with a brilliant 83 which included 11 boundaries.
A middle order partnership of 97 between MacFadyen and Michael Roberts (34) got the Bloods into a strong position.
The Saints were battling hard and it was not until Lachlan Pyle (4/21 off five) was introduced that the Saints began to take a few wickets.
The Bloods’ bowling was brilliant early with MacFadyen (4/11 off eight) capping a solid match taking two early poles.
Berrigan though were not keen on throwing in the towel just yet.
Zac Taylor-Nugent (40) and Connor Thornton (50) both had the scoreboard ticking over nicely, the former had 40 of the Saints’ opening 60 runs.
Thornton continued to chip away but was beginning to lose partners.
With 30 runs needed the Saints lost three wickets for two runs to all but seal victory for the Bloods.
Thornton was the last wicket to fall with the score 134 before the innings closed at 8/138.
The Bloods travel to Deniliquin on Saturday.
The Under 16s Bloods recorded a much needed win against Finley with a 21 run victory recorded.
Played over the past two weeks on Friday, the Bloods posted 119 from their allotted overs with Tom Oliver the top scorer with 23.
Zac Dixon (18) and Angus Bouchier (18) provided support in the solid batting performance.
In reply the Cats were restricted to 98.
Jack Andrew was the star of the Bloods’ bowling taking a splendid 4/26 off eight while Dixon and Chase Hardwidge both took two wickets.
The Bloods host Barooga in the final match before the Christmas break on Friday night.