Life­lines fall short for Bushies

Benalla Ensign - - Sport - By Fraser Walker-Pearce

The crick­et­ing gods could not have gifted the Be­nalla Bushrangers any more life­lines on Saturday against City Colts.

In the game at Be­nalla Gar­dens, the vis­it­ing Wan­garatta side dropped five clear-cut catches to give the Bushies’ bat­ting or­der some much-needed sec­ond chances.

But those sec­ond chances were not cap­i­talised on, and the Bushies were bowled out for 118. Opener Lee Bren­nan (34) and vice­cap­tain Rob Saker (21) were top scor­ers. Colts’ Kent Braden snagged four Be­nalla wick­ets for 21 runs in his eight overs.

Vice-cap­tain Saker said the side’s bowl­ing ef­fort was ‘‘re­ally good, but we didn’t make enough runs’’.

‘‘We were in a rel­a­tively strong po­si­tion but then we lost three wick­ets in three balls. Even with the four or five dropped catches, it could have been a bit worse and it could have been bet­ter,’’ he said.

Af­ter the early dis­missal of opener Vaughan Kirk, Si­mon Briggs scored 12 be­fore fall­ing to Braden. Cap­tain Sam Glad­stone looked com­fort­able un­til he was out caught and bowled by Braden, trig­ger­ing a mid­dle or­der col­lapse which saw five wick­ets fall for 14 runs.

In re­sponse the Bushies’ bowl­ing at­tack came out fir­ing. Glad­stone and Conor Brodie opened, with Brodie mak­ing the break­through, clean bowl­ing open­ing bat Nick Nor­ris with the score on 1/12.

‘‘We had them at about 6/60-odd and we thought we were a real shoe-in, but (Braden) was smart enough to bat for a long time and they took the game,’’ Saker said.

Colts lost their third wicket with the score on 56 — a great catch was taken by Glad­stone off the bowl­ing of Dale Stratton.

Braden (36 not out) and Adam Looker (23) dug in for the Colts, to see them through to 7/139 off the al­lo­cated 40 overs.

The B-grade side also lost to the Colts in a one-day game in Wan­garatta. The Bushies were 8/88 with the top score made by James Arendt (31). In re­ply, the Colts won with a score of 2/158.

The Bushies un­der-16 side started its sea­son on a pos­i­tive note with a win over Colts Blue in a T20 match.

The Wan­garatta side fin­ished their in­nings on 6/56, and de­spite the loss of Kieran Linke for a duck, the side cruised to vic­tory at 2/99.

The un­der-14s took on Yarrawonga-Mulwala at Arun­del St where the vis­i­tors bat­ted first and lost just two wick­ets on their way to 108. The young Bushies man­aged 51 runs in re­ply.

The un­der-12s put on a dis­play against Ruther­glen United, who bat­ted first and scored 32, as Lu­cas Hales took a cou­ple of wick­ets and a catch. Hales fol­lowed up the good dis­play with the ball, mak­ing 17 way to 93 runs.

De­latite CC hosted a Vic­to­rian Veter­ans Cricket over 60s match on Sunday between the Bushies and Yarra Val­ley.

The Bushies bat­ted first and man­aged to score 5/156 off their 40 overs. Top scor­ers were John Porter (30), Ian Dins­dale (26) and Peter Neville (25).

In re­ply on Yarra their Val­ley were bowled out in the 40th over for 118. Jack Howlett had the best bowl­ing fig­ures, tak­ing 3/25 off his five overs.

The Bushies are still ask­ing for girls to play cricket in its all-girls com­pe­ti­tion be­ing played in Wan­garatta which starts soon.

Come down to the cricket nets at the Be­nalla Gar­dens this Fri­day at 5.30 pm to find out more.

Big score: Bushies opener Lee Bren­nan (pic­tured) top-scored for the home side with 34 be­fore he was run out. The Bushies lost to City Colts af­ter the away side failed to put the Bushies away early.

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