Wins all round
Benalla Bushrangers’ junior sides all enjoyed wins in the weekend’s Wangaratta and District Cricket Association games.
The Under-12s, Under-14s and Under-16s racked up wins as did the A-grade side in a close game against Delatite in Mansfield.
The Under-12s batted first against YarrawongaMulwala playing at home at the Arundel St Lake end ground.
Openers Bayleigh Dervish and Seth Arnold got the side off to a good start with Arnold eventually out for nine and Dervish out for six.
Lucas Ham, Jonty Priest and James Martin did a good job in the middle order, all retiring not out with Priest making 25, Ham 18 and Martin nine.
Archie Stevens and Bryce Cooney also provided valuable runs and Harley Brown did a great job to be not out as the innings tally was 5/99 from the allocated 20 overs.
In response, the Bushies restricted the visitors to 5/59 from their 20 overs.
Cooper Binion bowled well for two wickets while James Martin, Bryce Cooney and Tom Griffiths all grabbed a wicket each.
In the Under-14s, both teams wrapped up wins on the second day of their twoday games.
At Yarrawonga, the Bushies bowled the home side out for 107 chasing 153 for victory.
Liam Curtis was the pick of the bowlers, with 2/9 while Jett Roberts, Max Cullen, Oscar Roberts, Pat Wright, Marshal Semmens, Cooper Woods and James Parker all took a wicket each.
The other Under-14 side also managed a close win against Beechworth/Rutherglen at Stanley.
The Bushrangers managed to restrict Beechworth/Rutherglen to 7/109 during a raininterrupted first innings.
Charlie De Winne, Sam Heaney, Ben Reardon, George Lithgow and the Deo brothers, Aardash and Shaalv all taking a wicket each, De Winne’s being off the first ball of the match.
Charlie also took two catches and Lucas Hales was involved in a sharp run out during the final over.
Looking for 110 to win the Bushies set about their task with maturity as Lithgow and Willem Hyland negated the first 12 overs without loss for 37 runs.
This gave their teammates the perfect platform to launch into the back half of the innings finishing at 5/113.
Hales scored an unbeaten 15 not out and he was well supported by Hyland and Heaney both with 11, ensuring the Bushies got home with five wickets to spare.
The Under-16 game at the Gardens against City Colts was played as a one-dayer due to week one being lost to rain.
Colts won the toss and had a bat and were in trouble early with Henry Sadaya claiming the first wicket in the opening over.
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