Neary stars as Tigers fin­ish day in strong po­si­tion

Alpine Observer - - Sport - CRICKET By JUSTIN JENVEY

OVENS Val­ley United’s B grade side has ended the first Satur­day of its two-day clash with Rovers United Bruck in a strong po­si­tion.

The Saints are ahead at the halfway mark of the match af­ter fin­ish­ing on 4/92 in re­sponse to RUB’s 6/73.

This year the Wan­garatta and District Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion in­tro­duced a split for­mat in the B grade com­pe­ti­tion with two-day games played in quar­ters with each team bat­ting 34 overs a day.

James Neary was close to un­playable for Ovens Val­ley with the open­ing bowler snar­ing 4/15 from 13 overs while Glen White and Tom Ma­clean shared the two other wick­ets.

Neary also starred with the bat com­ing to the crease at num­ber six af­ter the Tigers found them­selves in trouble at 4/38.

Neary and open­ing bats­man Scott McNa­mara com­bined for 52 with the pair end­ing the day not out on 34 and 40 re­spec­tively.

Mark Drage did the dam­age with the ball for RUB tak­ing all four Ovens Val­ley wick­ets.

Ovens Val­ley’s C grade con­tin­ued its great start to the sea­son, de­feat­ing Beech­worth for the team’s third straight win.

Mick El­liot fell ag­o­nis­ingly short of a cen­tury be­ing run out for 99 at­tempt­ing a sin­gle which would have taken him into triple fig­ures.

El­liot’s in­nings helped the Tigers fin­ish on 6/200 af­ter the vis­i­tors were all out for 181.

Mark Vas­sallo and Sam Pi­azza con­trib­uted 27 and 23 in the run chase af­ter Vas­sallo had ear­lier ripped through Beech­worth’s mid­dle order on his way to fig­ures of 5/23 from eight overs.

This week­end C grade takes on City Colts at South Wan­garatta Re­serve.

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