A shortage of runs was the problem for Deni’s Division One side in their clash with Nathalia on Saturday in the Murray Valley Cricket Association.
The Rhinos hosted the reigning premier at Memorial Park’s number two oval in what was a rescheduled match from round one.
The Purples won the toss and sent the Rhinos into bat, which proved a good move.
Only skipper Tim Hillier (27) and Evan Pocock (18) gave any real resistance to the Nathalia bowlers, who shared the wickets between B Smith (two wickets), A Zammit (two) and A Congues (three).
The Rhinos were bundled all out for just 89.
In reply the Rhinos made the perfect start.
Tom Fellows bowled Ned Nihill in the opening over and new recruit Rob Heane backed up with the wicket of the other opener in the fourth over.
The Rhinos were up and about in the field before a 24-run stand between Sean Zammit and H Hawks steadied the ship.
But the Rhinos kept charging when Heane broke the partnership trapping Zammit (14) in front.
Heane removed Hawks (11) 10 runs later to claim his third scalp.
Hillier trapped T Byrnes in front and the Purples were 5/44, however a quickfire 23 from Smith edged the visitors closer. When Smith fell Nathalia were 6/49.
But a swashbuckling half century to Dan James quickly put the game to bed.
The number seven batsman smashed 11 boundaries and offered several chances which the Rhinos’ fieldsmen failed to take.
James steered the Purples past the required total, and when he was stumped for 62 off the bowling of leg-spinner Harry Hillier his side was well placed at 7/107 and with victory already in hand.
Nathalia were eventually bowled out for 139.
Heane was the best of the bowlers taking a very tidy 3/16 from eight overs.
Harry Hillier and fellow leg-spinner Cameron Pepper both chipped in with two wickets apiece. Fellows and Tim Hillier took one wicket each.
The Rhinos have won one from three matches to start the season. This weekend they travel to Katunga.