B Grade Roos claim third win

The Free Press (Corowa) - - SPORT -

Round three saw Corowa Cricket Club travel to Yackan­dan­dah on Satur­day, with rain on and off all day.

Some changes to last week’s win­ning com­bi­na­tion saw 14-year-old Luke Heag­ney come in for Jarred Lane.

Win­ning the toss, Corowa sent Yackan­dan­dah into bat.

They were in early trouble at 3-43 and some good early bowl­ing from Nathan Rhodes (428) and Kae­lan Bradtke (2-23) had the home team on the back foot.

Solid mid in­nings con­tri­bu­tion from the ex­pe­ri­enced Walker (43) held the Yackan­dan­dah boys to­gether as they reached 151.

Rain af­fected the game with teams com­ing off nu­mer­ous times as the Corowa side re­ally strug­gled in the early overs. At 6-36 em­bar­rass­ment was loom­ing. Any­one who has played cricket knows the hor­ri­ble feel­ing of the team when a col­lapse is hap­pen­ing and it took some ex­pe­ri­ence in cap­tain Dan Athani­tis to turn the ship around with a well-made 45.

Four bound­aries and two big sixes high­lighted the in­nings and the Roos were not with­out hope un­til Dan was dis­missed.

KB then bat­ted re­ally well at num­ber eight with a not out 26 but the ship had sailed for the Roos.

All out for 104 in the 29th over in a loss that may do more good than harm.

Next week sees A grade take on reign­ing pre­mier Mt Beauty at Ball Park.

Get down and support the boys. Races are on the tele­vi­sion and $4 beers await.

B grade

An over­cast start to the B grade game on Satur­day and a full day’s play wasn’t guar­an­teed with rain im­mi­nent.

Corowa was off to a great start with Greg Burgess dis­miss­ing one of Yackan­dan­dah’s open­ing bats­men, play­ing at a ball out­side off stump and play­ing it on.

The Corowa boys were play­ing well but with­out luck, catch­ing chances weren’t taken and run outs were missed or not given out when they could have gone ei­ther way.

The odds were against Corowa when Yackan­dan­dah pro­duced a man moun­tain who was pun­ish­ing the lo­cal bowl­ing with perfect tim­ing and power to get his score to 70 be­fore he was dis­missed.

With his dis­missal the Corowa team got them­selves up and about, some fine tight bowl- ing from then on and very good catch­ing from gun re­cruit Dan Sch­nelle, who would pro­duce the goods later with the bat also, and a very good caught and bowled from Luke Backhouse as­sured the tar­get of 157 was get­table.

Luke Backhouse fin­ished with 4 for 12 from his 8 out overs, a good ef­fort from Luke, Will Chan­dler 2 for 33 and play­ing with the en­thu­si­asm of a 15-year-old Matt Wil­son 2 for 46.

Greg Burgess was tight again tak­ing 2 for 6 off his 7 overs.

After a short rain de­lay Corowa started the chase well with Shane Nor­man and Matt Wil­son start­ing solidly be­fore Shane was bowled by a fine de­liv­ery.

All bats­men got off to a start and after 20 overs it looked as though Corowa would get the runs com­fort­ably.

A steady flow of wick­ets was a prob­lem after the break and while there were plenty of overs to get the runs.

When John Sch­nelle was con­tro­ver­sially given out LBW the play­ers look­ing on were get­ting a lit­tle ner­vous, none more so than the num­ber 11 bats­man.

But in strode Dan at num­ber 10 to join Rod Gul­liver at the crease, Dan and Rod knew the game was up to them to win and they did so with con­trol and sen­si­ble bat­ting; num­ber 11 wasn’t re­quired, ev­ery­body in the team was re­lieved.

Luke capped off his bowl­ing with a fine 23 with the bat, Greg Burges bat­ted well for 22, Scott Wil­son 20 (this in­cluded his first six in mem­ory) Tom Miegel and Will Chan­dler both scored 17.

B grade has had a great start to the year win­ning their first three games, well done to all in­volved. This week is the big trip to Mount Beauty.

C Grade

The C grade boys (along with up and com­ing su­per­star Gabby Sut­cliffe) were trav­el­ling into the un­known at Thur­goona with a very young side to take on North Al­bury Gold.

Rick ‘the vet­eran’ Carter won the toss and de­cided to bat first.

Liam Carter and An­gas McFarland opened the bat­ting be­fore los­ing an early wicket in McFarland for 10.

En­ter Darcy Melk­sham - who has taken his game to an­other level this year.

After al­most crack­ing the ton in the first game of the sea­son it was not go­ing to stop the young gun from go­ing one bet­ter in a bril­liant dis­play of bat­ting to fin­ish with a very im­pres­sive 112 not out, in­clud­ing 14 bound­aries.

Con­sis­tent, level headed Liam Carter put in a stellar per­for­mance in­clud­ing six bound­aries leav­ing the crease on 72 as the pair put on a mas­sive 182 run part­ner­ship.

Matt Dut­ton fin­ished on 1* to put on a to­tal tally of 2/208 after 35 overs.

Danny Os­borne with his first game back for the sea­son showed he still has it, tak­ing an early wicket to fin­ish with fig­ures of 2/7 from seven overs, in­clud­ing four maid­ens.

Deaken Clancy was caus­ing havoc at the other end, tear­ing through the top or­der to fin­ish with fig­ures of 3/16.

Gabby Sut­cliffe at first change bowled a very tight spell of five overs for two runs, in­clud­ing three maid­ens.

The club has high ex­pec­ta­tions for Gabby go­ing for­ward with her cricket and it is great to see her progress.

With tight bowl­ing and great fielding North Al­bury Gold were re­stricted to 7/107 from their 35 overs. A great team ef­fort from the boys and girl.

A big thank you to ev­ery­one con­stantly putting their hand up to help fill a side ev­ery week.

The en­tire club ap­pre­ci­ates ev­ery­one’s ef­fort.

Next week C grade is back at home (Mor­ris Park) tak­ing on Belvoir Gold.

Un­der 16s

The Un­der 16s started this week with the two Corowa sides play­ing each other in a one day game with Blues hav­ing a win over White.

Bat­ting first the Blues amassed 2 for 125 off their 20 overs, with Jor­dan Ey­ers play­ing well with 55 re­tired while Will Chan­dler made 43 not out.

The best of the bowlers for White was Bray­den McLean who took 0 for 16 off four overs.

In re­ply White could only man­age 55 when they were bowled out in the 18th over.

Alex Lavis was the only bat­ter to make it to double fig­ures with 11, while Bai­ley Minogue took 2 for 6 for the Blues.

The club would like to ac­knowl­edge spon­sors for this sea­son that are help­ing with the move to the new com­pe­ti­tion, Corowa RSL Club, David Lane Builder, Corowa Home Im­prove­ments, John Rhodes Brick­lay­ing, Sport­spower Corowa, Davidson White, Potts and Sch­nelle, Meat on the Mur­ray, Corowa Bak­ery, Phar­masave, Law­son Grains, BWS, Corowa Tree Care, GenTech Seeds, Ki­lara Group Corowa and Wool­worths Corowa, as well as the support of the Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil.

B Grade won its third game in a row at the week­end.

Stay­ing on their toes in the field.

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