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