The Deni Rhinos Under 14s picked up their biggest win of the 2018/19 Murray Valley Cricket Association season, with a 48 run victory over second placed Cobram on Saturday.
It was the biggest test of the undefeated Rhinos’ year, with the Tigers the closest rival to stop Deni winning back-to-back flags.
But a stirring performance with the bat saw the Rhinos cruise to their fourth win of the season.
Cobram won the toss, sending the home side in to bat by choosing to bowl first on the Memorial Park pitch.
Deni started well with Charlie Paton and Lochie Holloway opening the batting. The pair managed 35 runs before Lochie (10) was run out.
Charlie Hillier joined the other Charlie at the crease, as the duo quickly added to the home side’s total.
Both Paton (22) and Hillier (23) retired not out to give the rest of the Rhinos’ batsmen a chance to shine.
Dom Rogers showcased his skill with the bat, scoring 20 runs before retiring not out, with the Rhinos only losing two more wickets to finish 3/106 after the alotted 20 overs.
Surprisingly all three wickets that fell were all via run out.
The Tigers started well in their run chase, with Noah Iddles retiring not out on 20 runs.
Wickets continued to fall for the visitors however, with Hillier (2/8 off three), Paton (1/11 off three), Will Croker (1/10 off two) and Jake Herberte (1/2 off three) all claiming scalps.
Cobram were well short of the target at the end of the 20 overs, finishing 6/58 in their first loss of the year.
The Rhinos will travel to Cobram’s Scott Oval for day one of their last round clash against Cobram-Yarroweyah United tomorrow.
Brothers Harry, Kai and Charlie Hillier all represented the Murray Valley Cricket Association in the final round of the Northern Rivers Shield competition on Sunday.
Harry and Kai both played for the Under 16s squad that suffered an eight wicket loss to Goulburn Murray.
Both Harry (14) and Kai (five) struggled with the bat, with the latter also bowling three overs with a return of 0/26.
It was in the previous round where the two brothers shined, with MVCA recording a 108 run victory over Seymour District in December last year.
Harry managed 25 runs with Kai outdoing his older brother with 34 on MVCA’s way to posting 6/200 after 41 overs.
In response Seymour only managed 92 runs before being all out after 36.4 overs.
The pair’s younger brother Charlie starred for the MVCA Under 14s in their 24 run win over Goulburn Murray on Sunday.
Charlie led by example as captain in a strong all-round performance, first top-scoring with 34 runs.
He dominated with the ball in hand, using his pace bowling to finish with a five-wicket haul, conceding just eight runs in his seven overs.
The skipper was also instrumental in MVCA’s one wicket win against Seymour District in December last year.
Charlie managed another five-wicket haul, going for just 13 runs in his 6.4 overs.
Rhinos teammate Ryan Rotherham was also involved in the win, taking 1/5 from his three overs and scoring the winning run to finish one not out.