Houri­gan, South­ern hero­ics save Tigers against Beechworth

Myrtleford Times - - Sport -

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.

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