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Murray Valley Cricket Association premier division wrap | round eight

By Tyler Maher

Murray Valley Cricket Association fans at Barooga Recreation Reserve on Saturday were treated to a grandstand finish.

The Hawks hosted Cobram in a premier division derby and after posting 194 the home side looked in the box seat to snare victory in the contest when the chase started to splutter at 4-60.

But after Adam De Cicco (57) and Manny Artavilla (50 not out) knuckled down to steer the Tigers within sight of success, Mark Haberfield stepped in to finish the job.

Playing his first game of the season, Haberfield - who owns Goulburn Valley Bush Bash League outfit the Cobram Panel Works Panthers - strode to the crease at number eight and proceeded to hit consecutive sixes from his first two deliveries to give his side a six-wicket win with nine balls to spare in the match.

Earlier it was Riley Gow (59) and Daniel Ellis (52) who set a strong platform for the Hawks, but Lachie Hyde was superb with ball in hand to snare 5-11 from his nine overs.

Tyron Baden (2-18) also claimed multiple wickets, with Nic Hoban and De Cicco chiming in with one apiece.

Saranjit Kalsi (3-43) and Jake Poole (2-16) led the charge for Barooga's bowling attack in the eventual defeat.

The other two clashes of round eight produced results at the opposite end of the scale, with Nathalia and Deniliquin securing 10-wicket triumphs against their respective opponents.

The Purples restricted Tocumwal to 8-128 thanks to multiple wickets from Liam Evans, Archie Congues and Brodie Ross before the latter joined forces with Ash Quinn at the top of the order in a destructive - and unbeaten - partnership.

The duo crushed 23 boundaries between them - including five towering maximums - to chase down the required total in just 10.3 overs.

Quinn finished with 69 not out from 33 deliveries, just shading Ross’ unbeaten 60 from 30.

Ranji Oliver had top-scored for the Bloods with 26 from 63 balls.

The Rhinos celebrated a similar scoreline against Cobram-Yarroweyah United at Memorial Park, rolling the combine for 92 before not losing a wicket in reply.

Brodie Bennett, Andrew Hogan, Evan Pocock and Brad Todd all took two wickets, with Todd (20 not out) and Dean Edge (48 not out) steering the side home with the bat.

Kane Goldsworthy's 21 was the high watermark for the combine at the crease.