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Runs, runs, runs were the theme of the day as Wagga Sloggers proved too strong for Murrumbidgee Rangers for the second year runningon Sunday.
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HOT FORM: Al Edis smashed an unbeaten 108 as Murrumbidgee Rangers fell short against Wagga Sloggers at Exies Oval on Sunday. Picture: Anthony Stipo

In perfect conditions for batting at Exies Oval, the two teams put on 410runs in the first-round clash of the Regional Bash.

However, Wagga still proved too strong and came away with a four-wicket win.

Set an imposing target of 205 for victory, the Sloggers had seven balls to spare as captain Joel Robinson (nine not out) and young gun Jack Harper (27) saw them to safety.

Al Edis was the star for the Rangers, bringing up his century with a towering six.

He finished unbeaten on 108off 63 balls, but it still wasn’t enough for an upset.

Robinson was pleased to come away with the win after a disrupted start to the cricket season.

“Al Edis batted really well and we didn’t do too much wrong with the ball, he just hit the ball really clean,” Robinson said.

“We weren’t happy with what we were chasing, but we knew it was very chaseable from what we saw in the previous 20 overs.”

Josh Thompson and marquee player Ethan Bartlett set the tone for the Sloggers’ run chase.

They put on 65 for the first wicket before Thompson (38) became the first of Jarrod Cahill’s three victims.

The Sloggers lost Jordan Thompson (0) and Joe Cooke (4) quicklybefore Warren Clunes helped steady the ship.

Clunes and Bartlett put on 50 for the fourth wicket before Bartlett was dismissed for 59.

Clunes (45) was the last man out, removed with his team needing another 40 runs for victory.

However, a strong team performance got them over the line.

The victory sets up a clash with the Border Bullets on Sunday.

The Albury team was too strong in the respective clash last season and Robinson knows his team needs to be on the top of its game.

“It is a bit of a rematch and it should be good,” he said.

“They line up pretty well so we will definitely have to bring our A game next week.”

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