A grade cricket cancelled, but B side hopeful to go ahead

The Rhinos A grade side playing in December.

The A grade Deniliquin Rhinos game against Nathalia tomorrow has been cancelled, with players in the Nathalia side potentially exposed to COVID-19.

The Rhinos side was gearing up for a ‘‘ripper’’ of a game coming off a three game winning streak before Christmas.

Club president and A grade player Tim Hillier said the win against Nathalia this weekend would have ‘‘held us in good stead for the finals’’.

Murray Valley Cricket Association president Anthony Holmes said each club has a couple of players in isolation, but the A grade and B grade Nathalia sides have been the only games that have had to be cancelled.

‘‘Nathalia has about five or six players in isolation,’’ he said yesterday.

‘‘At this stage all other games are going ahead, but in this environment that could change very quickly.”

This weekend would have been the first game played with additional overs due to the change of format, from 45 over games to 50 for A grade games.

The MVCA will aim to reschedule the game for later in the season.

In B grade, the Rhinos travel to Berrigan to take on the Saints.

Play is scheduled for the Berrigan Sportsground from 1pm tomorrow, however coach Anthony Bradley said he expected some games to be cancelled within the next 48 hours. ntsadded linente

In the previous round — round six, before a two week Christmas break — the Rhinos defeated Tocumwal with a first innings batting score of 3/156.

Toc followed, and in pounding heat at Deniliquin’s Memorial Park, managed just 4/137.

Both sides completed 30 overs.

The game seated Deniliquin sixth on the ladder, one spot below Berrigan.

Saluting against Jerilderie last round and winning, Berrigan’s B outfit has had successes against Cobram, Finley, and Jerilderie in previous rounds.

They marginally fell down against a battling Strathmerton team in round four, by just two runs.

Meanwhile Deniliquin came out on top against Nathalia and season stragglers Tocumwal (coming ninth, above only Nathalia), but was struck down in matches against Katamatite and Finley, who currently place third and fourth respectively.

With Berrigan six points ahead of Deniliquin on the ladder, a win for the Rhinos has the potential to knock their opponents out of fifth place, giving Deni the boost they need to stay topside for the second half of the MVCA 2021-2022 season.

The B grade Rhinos have a double this weekend, playing a postponed round five game against Jerilderie on Sunday.

They will do battle at Deniliquin’s Memorial Park.

Berrigan will also play a round five game Sunday, against Tocumwal.