Tigers look­ing to cause huge up­set af­ter a strong first day

Alpine Observer - - Sport - CRICKET By JUSTIN JENVEY

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.”

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