Bloods ready to battle for Day 2 match

By Southern Riverina News

Tocumwal’s final Murray Valley Cricket Association Premier Grade fixture looks likely to be a battle of survival as Cobram hold the upper hand heading into day two.

Batting first on their home deck, the Bloods were in dire strife early with the top order succumbing to some excellent bowling from Tigers skipper Adam de Cicco (3/36) who used his excellent skill to decimate the top order.

At 5/40 the Bloods were in a world of pain but a determined effort from Rahul Thukur (21) and Ranji Oliver (28) gave the hosts some relief as they weathered a tirade of accurate bowling.

The pair led the way for the Bloods with the bat but had trouble finding any other help as wickets continued to fall.

Wian Van Zyl (2/0 off two) and Tyron Baden (2/14 off 11) ensured Cobram took care of the tail restricting the Bloods to just 82 from 47 overs.

The challenge for the Bloods now was to restrict the Tiger batting.

Van Zyl (21) hit the opening ball of the innings for four before almost being bowled the next delivery.

A couple of further lusty swings resulted in boundaries and the Bloods were looking down the barrel of yet another Van Zyl blaster-class.

But young slinger Patrick Bennett would have the last laugh.

Van Zyl launched into a smash to mid on but the mistimed hit was gleefully pouched by Andrew Jones inside the boundary to the delight of the Tocumwal faithful.

Andrew Arthur then snared Lachie Hyde (five) caught behind, before skipper Chris Shaw picked up the wicket of Jimmy Daniel (15) LBW.

At 3/57 the Bloods had made some progress.

However the Tigers were keen to push on in the final session of the day.

Ada de Cicco (59 not out) and Baden (44) added 92 in even time to keep the Tigers in control.

The pair took all the ones and twos they could to keep the score rolling along.

Baden was finally caught by Bennett off the bowling of Oliver when stumps were finally drawn with Cobram finishing the day at 4/150.

The game will resume at 12.30pm this Saturday.

The Division One Bloods are licking there wounds after a disappointing 46 run loss to Barooga on the weekend.

The Hawks were sent in by the Bloods and were well led by Rick Lavery with 71 at the top of the list.

A handy 40 from Chris Cheong set the hosts up with a score of 8/164 from there 40 overs the result.

Aaron MacFadyen (3/12) and Keith Stevens-Venville (2/29) led the way for the Bloods with the ball.

In reply the Bloods batting struggled to click losing wickets at regular intervals.

Troy Poynton (30) got a start at the top but wickets fell around him.

Rod Meloury (54) was the middle order star with another vital knock but with four ducks the Bloods could not keep pace with the run rate.

In the end the Bloods were dismissed for 118 in the 37th over and will now need to bounce back against Katunga this weekend.