Hourigan, Southern heroics save Tigers against Beechworth
OVENS Valley United have stamped themselves as early finals contenders with a stunning two run victory over last season’s grand finalists, Beechworth.
Defending just 107 the Tigers jumped all over the Wanderers to have them 6/32 as Corey Southern (5/23) proved unplayable and Michael Newton (2/21) continued his good form.
But Alessandro Belci (23) and William Brown (38) combined to have Beechworth within touching distance of a win at 6/94. Enter Southern. After taking three wickets in the early carnage, the former skipper returned for a second spell, instantly removing both set batsman to have the game in the balance at 8/95.
Number three batsman, Lochie Hourigan, who has bowled just six overs across the past two seasons then proved an unlikely hero taking 2/0 to secure the win.
Southern said he was enjoying added responsibility with the ball after playing more as a batsman under his own captaincy.
“It’s what I am there for now and they have been coming out well, it was a wicket where if you bowled in the right areas the batsman could get themselves into trouble,” he said.
Earlier in the day, Southern (11) and Michael Speed (13 not out) combined with in-form Englishman Ryan Withers (31) for vital 26 and 27 run stands at the eighth and ninth wickets.
The Tigers were reeling at 7/51 but the gritty batting got them up above three figures.
Ovens Valley who now sit third on the ladder host fifth placed Benalla at Whorouly this weekend.