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Top two face off

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

It’s a top of the table clash in the Murray Valley Cricket Association when the Deni Rhinos play host to Cobram at Memorial Park tomorrow.

The round 11 match-up will be a two day fixture, with day one played tomorrow and day two played the following Saturday.

For the second placed Deni side, a win would see them jump to top spot on the Premier Grade ladder.

Rhinos skipper Brad Todd said this will be the biggest game for his side’s home and away season.

‘‘If we get the win it will put us in a good spot to finish on top with one game remaining for the season,’’ he said.

‘‘This is a great chance to see where we are at as Cobram have been the benchmark all year.’’

The clash will be a big test for Deni’s bowling attack, with Cobram boasting arguably the strongest batting line-up in the competition.

This is headlined by South African duo Wian Van Zyl and Ewald Roberts, with the former scoring 858 runs (averaging 95.3) this season.

While Roberts’ 350 from seven matches pales in comparison, the big hitter is fresh off a 114 run performance against Tocumwal last weekend.

‘‘We need to dismiss the two South African imports quickly, they have made most of their runs this year so that is the key for us,’’ Todd said.

‘‘To do that we have to bowl well in partnerships. We have a couple of plans for Van Zyl but we haven’t seen Roberts yet.

‘‘There’s no doubt I’ll speak to Hoges (Andrew Hogan) and Gus (Angus Campbell) about him (Roberts) to see if we can restrict his output, as they played alongside him at Bendigo Country Week.

‘‘We also have to bat well, our bowling has been great so if we can continue that and perform with the bat it will give us a good chance of winning.’’

The last time these sides met was in round one, with the Rhinos recording a 19 run win over the Tigers.

However with slightly different line-ups and Cobram being the in-form side of the competition, Todd said that win won’t matter heading into tomorrow.

‘‘It was the first game of the year so it was a while ago. There’s been a lot of things change since then,’’ he said.

‘‘It will be a good test with both sides coming off an outright win.’’

Also in action tomorrow will be the Division One Rhinos when they host Tocumwal for round 13.

Memorial Park will be a hive of activity with Division Two also at home to face Katamatite.

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The club will be running its annual Rhinos Bowls Night at the RSL Bowling Club tomorrow night.

The night is open to anyone and will kick-off at 7pm.

Entry for the event costs $25 per head, with dinner and bowls included.