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.