Sport

Big names back

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

The Deni Rhinos will have some big names back as they prepare for their Murray Valley Cricket Association round four clash against league juggernaut Nathalia tomorrow.

All-rounder Andrew Hogan will play after returning from an overseas trip while the Rhinos may also look to bring in right handed batsman Angus Campbell, after missing the past two seasons while living in Melbourne.

Rhinos captain Brad Todd said that the inclusion of the duo will be a massive boost to his side’s chances of a third straight victory.

‘‘Hoges (Hogan) coming back in does give us an all-round option,’’ he said.

‘‘He bowled a little bit at training so it will depend how he pulls up after training (last night) on whether he will bowl on Saturday (tomorrow).

‘‘Angus has been away at uni so it’s great to have him back for our top order.

‘‘He moved back from Melbourne and should hopefully be able to play for the majority if not the whole season with us.’’

The last time these sides met came during the MVCA semi finals earlier this year, when the Rhinos shocked the Purples with an upset win in a two-day fixture to earn a spot in the grand final.

With two big names coming in along with that victory, Todd is hopeful that there can be a changing of the guard in the competition.

‘‘There is no doubt Nathalia has been the premier side of the competition in recent times so we know they’ll be tough to beat,’’ he said.

‘‘They’ve lost a few players but they still have quite a talented list.

‘‘Luke Quinn can make runs quickly so we’ll be needing his wicket early.

‘‘They also have a good group of young blokes coming up the ranks, like a Scott Morris who opens their batting, and never seems to die down.

‘‘But we finally got that finals win against them off our back which will hopefully turn to a period of us having the wood over them.’’

The Rhinos match will kick-off at 12.30pm at Memorial Park tomorrow.

In Division One the Rhinos will travel to Nathalia to take on the Purples.

It will be a great opportunity for Deni to score their second win of the season, with Nathalia the only team in the competition to be winless.

Division Two will be on the hunt for their first win when they host Nathalia at Memorial Park tomorrow.

The Rhinos have only played one game this season in Div. Two and will see this as their best shot at an early win with the Purples on the bottom of the ladder.

The Divison Two game will start at 1pm.

The Deni Rhinos Under 14s side will have the bye for the next two weeks, before facing the Berrigan/Jerilderie combine side on Saturday, November 24.