Crick­eters pre­pare for big game

The Free Press (Corowa) - - CLASSIES (03) -

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

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

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.

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