Lions over Mag­pies in ice breaker

Euroa Gazette - - SPORTS -

Undera 4/212 GR Camp­bell 79 B Bai­ley 49 J Valentin 38* BR Camp­bell 26* WA Mur­ray 2/43 def Euroa7/211(cc) A El­lis 40 L Col­clough 38 L Paul 26 D Ed­wards 25

B Bai­ley 3/37 J Valentin 2/24 bowlers to the bound­ary with reg­u­lar­ity.

Both fell in quick suc­ces­sion, af­ter bring­ing the score past 190.

It was left to debu­tant Red­fern (18) and Paul Allen to fin­ish the in­nings and get Euroa past the psy­cho­log­i­cal mark of 200.

With some late hit­ting and good run­ning, Euroa fin­ished the in­nings at 7-211 off their al­lo­cated 45 overs.

Af­ter the mid-way break, Euroa got off to a great start with the ball, pick­ing up two quick wick­ets in the first three overs to leave the home side at 2-9.

Full of con­fi­dence, Euroa let a few chances- in­clud­ing some tough dropped catches and mis­fields- go by.

They would come to rue th­ese lost op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Undera vet­eran Greg Camp­bell pun­ished the de­pleted Mag­pie bowl­ing lineup, ham­mer­ing the short bound­aries of his home ground on his way to 79.

He was ably as­sisted by Bay­den Bai­ley, who con­trib­uted 49 on their way to a 131 run part­ner­ship.

Euroa then took both their wick­ets quickly, to give them some hope of run­ning through the Lions’ mid­dle and lower or­der and win the game at 4-140.

How­ever, it wasn’t to be, as Undera’s Bren­ton Camp­bell (26) and Johnny Valentin (38) took ab­so­lute con­trol of the game rac­ing to the vic­tory tar­get in­side 40 overs. Undera fin­ish­ing 4-212. Euroa can take heart from the fact the bats­men all made con­tri­bu­tions to the to­tal, which was a re­spectable one- es­pe­cially given it is round one.

The bowlers, how­ever, will need to spend some time in the nets this week, although re­turn­ing play­ers Ben Mil­liken, Brad Glee­son, Matt Walker and Ri­ley Dow­ell are sure to bol­ster the at­tack next week.

Euroa plays North­ern­ers in Tal­ly­ga­roopna next Satur­day.

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