Bushies tri­umphant

Benalla Ensign - - Sport -

Be­nalla Bushranger’s A-Grade side notched its third win for the sea­son dur­ing the week­end when they eas­ily de­feated Greta play­ing at the Be­nalla Gar­dens.

The Bushies started the day at 1/48, chas­ing 156 for vic­tory with James Car­boon 27 not out and Gary Priest six not out.

Un­for­tu­nately Priest was back in the sheds with the score at 50, which brought Si­mon Briggs to the crease.

He and Car­boon dug in and took the score to 84 be­fore Briggs was trapped LBW.

Car­boon was the next out with the score at 139 af­ter com­pil­ing 58 in­clud­ing seven fours and a six.

Cap­tain Sam Glad­stone only man­aged five, but James Saker took to the Greta bowl­ing.

Saker top scored with 81, which in­cluded 10 fours and two sixes, while Bode Stevens made 20 and Josh McCal­lum 22 as the Bushies fin­ished on 8/236.

The A-Grade side will play at the Gar­dens again this Satur­day, against Rovers United Bruck in a must-win game if they are to keep their fi­nals chances alive.

The B-Grade side went down to a strong Yar­ra­wonga-Mul­wala out­fit in a close but low-scor­ing game at the Be­nalla Show­grounds.

Yarra re­sumed its in­nings on 4/84, but thanks to some ex­cel­lent bowl­ing by Steve Pick­er­ing, the vis­i­tors were all out for 105.

Pick­er­ing picked up 5/18 from 11 overs. Dy­lan Bar­ber took two wick­ets and Henry Sa­daya also grabbed a wicket.

That left the Bushies with 48 runs for vic­tory with just four wick­ets in hand.

Un­for­tu­nately they were bowled out 20 runs short with Pick­er­ing top scor­ing and cap­ping a great game by mak­ing 35.

In Yarra’s sec­ond in­nings, they fin­ished on 9/94 and Reuben James, Pick­er­ing and Bar­ber took two wick­ets each.

B-Grade trav­els to Mi­lawa this week­end to take on Mi­lawa.

C-Grade made the trip to Gap­sted and was de­feated af­ter mak­ing 128 bat­ting first.

Gap­sted chased down the runs from just 23 overs, but the C-Grade side did a great job af­ter Gap­sted lost its first wicket with 101 on the board.

The Bushrangers man­aged to take six wick­ets to give Gap­sted a slight scare be­fore they got home with the fi­nal score be­ing 6/142 when rain stopped play.

Josh Or­mand top scored with 31 and he was well sup­ported by Mark Saun­ders (19), Jack Ful­lager (16) and Nick Ja­cobs (17).

Saun­ders and Ful­lager both took three wick­ets each and they were well sup­ported in the field in the try­ing, wet con­di­tions, es­pe­cially by ju­nior play­ers Matt Priest, Harry Smith, Dom Buck­ely and Tyler Beg­none.

C-Grade takes on Greta this week­end at the Moyhu Re­cre­ation Re­serve and needs to win as it cur­rently sits just out­side fi­nals con­tention in sev­enth place on the WDCA lad­der.

In the ju­nior cricket, the Un­der14s and Un­der-16s are in good po­si­tions af­ter day one of their two-day games and the Un­der-12s recorded an­other good win.

Play­ing against City Colts White in Wan­garatta, the Un­der16s kept the home side to 9/113 from the al­lo­cated 42 overs.

Bowl­ing hon­ours were equally shared as James Davies, Henry Sa­daya, James Arendt and Bode Stevens took two wick­ets each and Kieran Linke picked up a wicket.

In Un­der-14 ac­tion, the Bushies trav­elled to Beech­worth to take on Beech­worth/Oven Val­ley.

The Bushies bat­ted first and made 9/114 from their 42 overs on a tricky wicket.

Jack Ful­lager and Matt Priest shared the bat­ting hon­ours with 26 runs each while Ge­orge Lith­gow made 14.

The Un­der-12s con­tin­ued their win­ning form as they eas­ily de­feated City Colts Yel­low play­ing at the Arun­del St Lake end ground in Be­nalla. Bowl­ing first, the young Bushies kept the vis­i­tors to 2/63 from their 20 overs.

In re­ply, the Bushies racked up 120 for the loss of just one wicket.

Willem Hy­land and Jonty Priest equal top scored with 26 while Max Cullen, Seth Arnold and Bayleigh Dervish all made 13 runs each.

Willem Hy­land re­ceived the Sport­spower player of the game award.

This Satur­day, the Un­der-12s travel to Tar­rawingee to play Rovers United Bruck Blue.

Af­ter the bye round, A-Re­serve will play at Bright against the Bright Wan­der­ers.

Life mem­bers of the Be­nalla Bushrangers Cricket Club, which in­cludes the for­mer Ta­tong, War­ren­bayne, St Joseph’s and Be­nalla-Vi­o­let Town United clubs, are re­minded there will be a Life Mem­bers af­ter­noon tea held at the Be­nalla Gar­dens pav­il­ion on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 24, start­ing at 3 pm.

Great ef­fort: Bushrangers un­der-12s in ac­tion on Satur­day.

Big hit: The Bushrangers in ac­tion against Greta.

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