Deni double-header

By Jamie Lowe

It will be a Murray Valley Cricket Association double-header at Deniliquin’s Memorial Park tomorrow afternoon.

The Deni Rhinos Division One and Division Two sides will both be in action on their home deck in what promises to be a thrilling day of cricket.

The third placed Division One side will welcome in a host of players when they face fourth placed Katunga.

With Deni’s Premier Grade having the bye, Boddie Arthur, Jonty Tubb, Liam Pitts and Ash Germano will all be eligible to play for the Rhinos tomorrow.

Division One skipper Chris Pyle, who missed last week’s thrilling one-wicket win against Barooga, will also return to the line-up.

“We should have quite a strong side in for Saturday,” he said.

“Unfortunately we will be missing Wriggler (Anthony Bradley) as he’s out with a hamstring injury.

“It’s crucial that we get a win here. When you look at the past we’ve gone into the Christmas break with only two wins and trying to push up hill.

“But if we can get up against Katunga we’ll already be 3-1 and try to set ourselves up early, particularly with some sides dropping players back in the second half of the year.

“Hopefully we can win this week and next week (against Tocumwal) before we face reigning premier Finley.”

The Rhinos will head into the clash fresh off what has been described as ‘‘one of the best wins’’ in the club’s Division One history.

Deni successfully chased down a total of 190 runs against the Hawks with only one ball to spare.

Katunga however will enter the clash in extremely strong form, easily chasing down their target of 47 runs against Nathalia after a stirring bowling display.

The match between the two sides will start at noon tomorrow.

The Division Two Rhinos will be looking for their first win when they host Nathalia tomorrow.

The Rhinos have struggled this season with two losses and a forfeit.

The Purples have also had a rough start to their year, managing just one win in round one, before suffering back-to-back losses.

With the inclusions for Division One, the Division Two side should field a much stronger side than previous weeks, putting them well in the hunt for a victory.

The Division Two clash is also set to start at noon.

Earlier in the day the Rhinos Under 14s will also be in action at Memorial Park.

The young Rhinos will host Finley for day one of their two day clash at 8.30am tomorrow.