Tigers looking to cause huge upset after a strong first day
A 113-run partnership between Ovens Valley United youngsters Lachie Hourigan and Bernard Ruaro has helped the Tigers to a competitive total against Yarrawonga Mulwala.
The pair’s fourth- wicket stand was just the second 100plus run partnership in Ovens Valley’s three- year history with Hourigan top scoring with 68 and Ruaro contributing a crucial 43.
They helped the Tigers recover from 3/24 to post 178 in their fourth- round clash with the Lakers before a late Michel Newton strike set the scene for an interesting second day’s play.
Senior manager Tom Chettleburgh said Hourigan and Ruaro’s partnership was one of the best he has witnessed especially considering multiple rain interruptions.
“Because of all the rain delays they’d get in, bat for maybe 10 overs then go off again and have to start over, it was stop-start stuff but they just kept their heads, it was fantastic to see,” he said.
“They came together when we were in a bit of trouble, they just consolidated and really had to grind it out with some pretty aggressive fields set for them early on.”
It was Hourigan’s second consecutive half century after an even 50 against Beechworth the week before while Ruaro produced his best A grade score.
Ovens Valley United were 2/2, or effectively 3/2, after losing Chettleburgh and Adam Huxtable for ducks while not having captain Corey Southern available after he was involved in a car accident.
Hourigan and Ruaro came together after Josh Newton was out for 18 and their partnership was finally broken when Ruaro was caught by Reid Clarke off the bowling of Matt McCabe (2/31).
Hourigan was out 12 runs later falling to the combination of Matt Casey and Will Sharp (1/23).
From 6/149, Michael Newtown (11), Ryan Withers (10) and Bailey Wyatt (12) added some handy lower order runs to take the score to 178.
James Irvine was the pick of the Lakers’ bowlers ending with figures of 5/54 from 17 overs for his second consecutive five-wicket haul.
The Lakers faced five overs and went to stumps at 1/2, with opener Ben Welsh out LBW to Newton for one.
Chettleburgh said the Tigers will head into the second day with an aggressive mindset.
“It was pretty heated, there was a bit said and them being top of the ladder against us on the bottom they don’t want to lose,” he said.
“We’re desperate for our first win so we’re going to play really aggressive cricket with our fields and our bowling, we won’t be going into our shells.
“If it doesn’t come off we’re 0-4 but we’d rather go down fighting rather than just setting a ring field and seeing them cruise to the target.
“Without their captain (Matthew) Knights we’ll be looking to get into their middle order pretty quick.
“Some of their blokes haven’t had much time in the middle because the top order has done the job for them in the first three rounds so that’s where we think we can expose them.”