Tigers fall short of de­fend­ing champs in the fi­nal over CRICKET By JUSTIN JENVEY

Myrtleford Times - - Sport -

OVENS Val­ley United re­mains with­out a win af­ter three rounds of the Wan­garatta and District A grade cricket sea­son.

The Tigers looked on track to top­ple de­fend­ing pre­miers Beech­worth at McNa­mara Re­serve on Satur­day but came up short in the last over of the day.

Need­ing 10 runs to claim vic­tory, the home side man­aged only three, fin­ish­ing all out for 151.

Lachie Houri­gan ( 50) looked like guid­ing Ovens Val­ley home but fell two balls into the fi­nal over be­fore Bryce Hooper and Tim Ruaro were the last men out.

“To get that close and not get over the line was pretty dis­ap­point­ing,” cap­tain Corey South­ern said.

“There are a few pos­i­tives we’ll take out of the game and try and im­prove on next time.”

The Tigers held Beech­worth to 6/157 from their 40 overs with Ryan Withers (4/31) and Ruaro (2/25) per­form­ing strongly with the ball.

They twice dropped Beech- worth gun Kayde Sur­rey who top-scored for the vis­i­tors with 64 while Camp­bell Fendyk made 30.

South­ern (25) and fel­low opener Tom Chet­tle­burgh (33) again got Ovens Val­ley off to a solid start, com­bin­ing for 59 runs.

But Chet­tle­burgh’s wicket was fol­lowed by a first-ball duck to English­man Adam Huxtable in his first out­ing for the Tigers, and then South­ern’s de­par­ture had the hosts 3/62.

The Tigers were re­duced to 5/78 be­fore Houri­gan built part­ner­ships of 30 and 24 with Paul and James Neary.

Houri­gan notched his half cen­tury with two runs off the first ball of the last over but was out the next de­liv­ery to Richie Worch­ester who then claimed the fi­nal two scalps to fin­ish with 4/38.

South­ern said the in­di­vid­ual per­for­mances of Houri­gan and Withers were pleas­ing for his side.

“It was a very ma­ture in­nings by Lachie, he took his time, played him­self in and got us right back in the game,” he said.

“Over the last cou­ple of years, we have seen hints of that, so it was good that he could fi­nally put it all to­gether.

“From 20-47 I don’t think he had a dot ball and had some­thing like 15 scor­ing shots.

“Ryan did job for us and bowled re­ally well with his seam­ers.

“The way the pitch was play­ing we thought guys bowl­ing a lit­tle bit slower could have a real im­pact and he did that which was good.”

Hav­ing not won in the open­ing three one-day games the com­pe­ti­tion now turns to two- day cricket with Ovens Val­ley fac­ing Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala in round four.

The Lakers are com­ing off an an­ni­hi­la­tion of Be­nalla hav­ing bowled the Bushrangers out for 51 be­fore post­ing 8/322.

“They’ve got some real qual­ity bats in Josh Lawrence, Matt Casey and Matthew Knights so hold­ing our catches is go­ing to be key,” South­ern said.

“We’re happy the way our guys are bowl­ing and we’ll have Michael and Josh New­ton back for the match.”

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