Neary stars as Tigers finish day in strong position
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.