Cricketers prepare for big game
Corowa’s young list was out to defend last week’s 232 against Benalla-Violet Town.
Rained intervened last year after making 240 and the overnight rain was not wanted.
Luckily though conditions cleared and play started on time.
With quite a few players still missing, the new ball was taken by Brady Bartlett and Nathan Rhodes. Fantastic bowling conditions were backed up by some great early pressure.
The dangerous Holmes was removed by a peach from Rhodes, completely squaring up the experienced BVTU captain.
Wickets tumbled and the Benalla boys were in all sorts at 4-19.
Rhodes’ early spell of swing bowling had the opposition all at sea as he continually hit the perfect length on the David Lane/Reg Moloney prepared deck.
Big man Matt Holmes slapped the ball around for a while before the introduction of Luke Melville put a stop to any run scoring.
Slowing his pace and getting terrific drop, Luke trundled out 19 consecutive overs of off spin.
His efforts effectively ended the game for Benalla as wickets tumbled regularly and the team were all out for 149 off 63 overs.
Wickets were shared with Rhodes collecting 3-24 from 16 overs, Melville 3-38 from 19 and Jacob Bartlett 3-46.
Special mention should be made of Brady Bartlett who bowled very well without luck to collect 1-11 from 14 overs including 9 maidens.
A big game next week as the boys travel to Wang to take on Rovers/Bruck.
B Grade had a thrilling tie in their game against Rovers United Bruck at Morris Park.
After only making 120 last week and with RUB resuming at 1 for 32, early wickets were the key.
But RUB was slow and steady in their chase before Josh Tidd collected the Roos second wicket with the score at 45.
Tidd got another shortly after to have RUB at 3 for 53, RUB continued to make slow progress and at 3 for 70 looked to have the game in hand.
But a brilliant spell by Callum Bettington changed the game the Roos way as RUB lost 5 for 11. Bettington with four wickets and Wil Chandler one had the Roos on top as RUB fell to 8 for 81.
The score was edging closer and RUB got the score to 100 before Bettington struck again for his sixth wicket to have the Roos in the box seat.
RUB had other ideas and the last wicket put on 20 runs to level the scores before Chandler stuck with Luke Backhouse taking a good catch.
Bettington was the star for the Roos after top scoring with 33 with the bat, he back up taking 6 for 47 off 17 overs with the ball.
Josh Tidd with 2 for 26 off 13 overs and Wil Chandler with 2 for 21 off 11.2 overs also bowled well. Greg Burgess was very miserly with 0 for 17 off his 16 overs.
With 17 overs still left in the day the Roos took to the crease and made 6 for 85 with Chandler top scoring with 36 not out while Jacob Carter made 16 and Luke Backhouse made 15.
C Grade had a bye.
Roos Under 16s
The Roos Under 16 side didn’t get a chance to defend their 266 with no play because of the rain.
Corowa Under 16s
In the other Under 16s game rain also ruined Corowa’s chance for victory.
After bowling out City Colts for 96, Corowa was on the way to victory at 3 for 54 after 18 overs with play was called off.
Darcy Melksham was in good form with 28 not out while Mak Lavis looked good for his 16.
The club would like to acknowledge its major sponsor for this season the Corowa RSL Club, as well as support sponsors Miegels Pharmacy, David Lane Builder, Jim’s Mowing, Focus Engineering, Bartlett’s Gas Supply and Sportspower Corowa.