Lifelines fall short for Bushies
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.