Pow­er­ful knock sets up vic­tory

Alpine Observer - - Sport - CRICKET By JUSTIN JEN­VEY

A POW­ER­FUL bat­ting dis­play from Mt Beauty coach Ashan Ranaweera has helped the Power to their sec­ond win of the Cricket Al­bury Wodonga dis­trict sea­son.

Ranaweera hit six sixes on his way to an un­de­feated 86, the Sri Lankan’s in­nings guid­ing his team to a com­fort­able tri­umph over com­pe­ti­tion new­com­ers Corowa.

The Power lost both open­ers for ducks but Ranaweera’s at­tack­ing cameo saw the vis­i­tors chase down Corowa’s to­tal of 9/135 in just 25.2 overs with five wick­ets to spare.

After Corowa won the toss, Mt Beauty’s bowlers did another good job lim­it­ing the op­po­si­tion with Chris Der­rick (3/32), Dan Sav­ille (3/16) and An­thony Brew­ergray (3/5) all con­tin­u­ing their wicket tak­ing form.

Cap­tain Al Ran­dell said the team’s bowl­ing had been a sur­prise fol­low­ing the de­par­ture of tear­away quick Jakes Styles to pro­vin­cial ranks ahead of the sea­son.

“We think our bat­ting is our strength, but with the ball we have just stuck to the same for­mula bowl­ing as tight as we can and to our fields,” he said.

“All the bowlers we’ve got prob­a­bly lack a bit of pen­e­tra­tion, but we’ve got a few that can bowl line and length and it seems to be work­ing at the minute.

“It was good to see Ashan find a bit of form and to get the win was re­ally im­por­tant, we’re now back on track at 2-2.”

Mt Beauty has the bye in round five be­fore fac­ing Wodonga on Novem­ber 18.

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