Bowlers shine for Bushies
Benalla Bushrangers’ A-grade side moved into third spot on the Wangaratta and District Cricket Association ladder on the weekend with a close win over Ovens Valley United.
The four-run victory was the third win for the A-graders this season and was highlighted by an unbeaten 76 from captain James Carboon.
Sent in to bat, the Bushies compiled 5/158 from its 40 overs at Whorouly.
Carboon was well supported by fellow opener Lee Brennan with 22 and Vaughan Kirk with 24, while Gary Priest made a handy 11 not out.
In reply, the Bushies chose the option of youth for the opening bowling spell with Kirk and Conor Brodie.
The young bowlers did not disappoint and soon had Ovens Valley 4/40.
That put the pressure on the middle order and when Kirk had the tenth wicket caught behind by Priest, the Bushies had Ovens Valley all out for 154 in the 39th over.
Kirk and Dale Stratton were the pic of the bowlers with three wickets each, while Brodie finished with two.
Under-16 player Henry Sadaya took his first A-grade wicket and Nate Abley also snared a wicket.
The A-reserve side recorded an even closer win, getting home by two runs against City Colts at the Gardens.
The Colts won the toss and batted putting together a respectable 6/184 from their 36 overs.
Under-16 player Jasper DeFazio continued his great form with the ball, snaring 3/22 while veteran Trev Saker got a couple of wickets.
In response and in a great display of opening batting, James Arendt and Simon Holmes set up the win with Holmes making 74 and Arendt unbeaten on 73.
The Bushies only lost two wickets to finish with 186 from their 36 overs as Christian DeFazio made 23 and Wade Gladstone was unbeaten on 11.
B-grade also played City Colts at the showgrounds, where the Colts cruised to victory.
Batting first, the Bushies found it hard going, but managed to complete their 36 overs for 7/103.
Lee Wydeven top scored with 26, while Simon Briggs made 22.
The Colts made 7/165 in reply.
Under-16 players Grayson Kirk and Deakyn Kohler grabbed a couple of wickets each.
In the Under-12s, the young Bushies were sent into bat by City Colts at the Arundel St Lake Ground.
Lucas Ham and Jonty Priest got them off to a fast start before Priest was caught for four in the second over.
That brought James Martin to the crease and he showed great leadership to bat sensibly through the next few overs to steady the ship for the Bushies. He finished unbeaten on 24.
Martin’s innings helped anchor the side as they posted 120 for the loss of only two wickets.
Cooper Binion and Tom Griffiths showing great support with 13 runs apiece.
The Bushies then bowled with great discipline, keeping their extras to a minimum as well as keeping pressure on the Colts batters, with Archie Stevens, Bayleigh Dervish, Brice Cooney and Binion all taking a wicket each. The Colts finished 5/86 off their 20 overs. That’s the third win in a row for the Under-12s.
The Under-14s Bushrangers lost the toss and were sent in by Wangaratta Maggies on a belter of a wicket at the Benalla Gardens.
Openers Will Hyland and George Lithgow once again got them off to a solid start before Hyland misjudged a pull shot and was caught backward of square for eight.
Captain Lucas Hales came to the crease with clear intent and the two second year players crafted out a wonderful partnership of 67 before Lithgow retired at drinks.
Hales and Kelly James pushed the score along until the 30th over where Hales achieved a welldeserved 50 retired, his first for the club.
The Bushies ended their 42 overs on 9/149, with George Lithgow finishing unbeaten on 32 not out and Hales on 57 not out.
The Benalla-Greta combine travelled to Moyhu to take on Rovers United Bruck Yellow.
Max Cullen and Liam Semmens jumped out of the blocks nicely, putting on 33 before Semmens was caught for 14.
Jett Roberts came to the crease and refused to be tied down and he and Cullen put on a handy 21 partnership until Max was stumped for 24. Last week’s half-centurion Nik McAsey didn’t get the chance to repeat his Yarrawonga heroics when he was also stumped for a duck.
Patty Wright provided muchneeded support to Roberts before he was bowled for 23. Roberts then steadied to post his first 50 for the year and retired a few overs later.
James Parker and Ty Begnone finished not out taking the scores along to 4/140 off their 42 overs.
The under-16 Bushies travelled to Delatite and despite losing an astonishing five wickets for two runs at the end of their innings, managed to post a defendable 8/154 off their allocated 42 overs.
It was a mixed bag for the under16s with captain Bode Stevens making 62, well supported by Luke Dunne with 30, Jack Fullager knocking up 24 and Henry Sadaya with 20.
This weekend’s games sees A -grade travel to Beechworth to tackle Beechworth, A-reserve at home against Greta, B-grade will take on Rovers United Bruck in South Wangaratta and C-grade at home at the Friendlies against City Colts. The Under-12s will take on City Colts White at the HP Barr Reserve in Wangaratta.