B Grade Roos re­main un­de­feated

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Reign­ing premier Mount Beauty vis­ited Ball Park to take on the A Grade Roos in sunny con­di­tions on Satur­day.

Win­ning the toss and bat­ting, things didn’t start very well for Corowa with the loss of Raggett for 0. Rhodes and Linklater con­sol­i­dated un­til a flurry of wick­ets set the home team on its heels.

With Linklater, Lane and Rhodes go­ing in quick suc­ces­sion the Roos were scram­bling at 4-49.

In his first game for Corowa, De­clan Ste­wart was bat­ting very well un­til stumped from a wide de­liv­ery and an­other flurry of wick­ets left the Roos at 7-79 and star­ing down a bar­rel.

Mark Athani­tis and Jor­dan Ey­ers then al­lowed the team to reach a vaguely com­pet­i­tive 135 from our 40 overs.

A wicket with the very first ball and again at 13 left Corowa in the hunt.

Mount Beauty coach Ranaweera then pro­ceeded to show why he has been one of the best play­ers in the league by slam­ming a mag­nif­i­cent 86 not out to be the dif­fer­ence in the game.

Six 6s and 4 bound­aries punc­tu­ated a great knock as they pro­ceeded to pass the Corowa to­tal with the loss of only five wick­ets.

Next week’s trip to Kiewa looms as a dan­ger game so let’s hope Corowa’s A Grade can get back on the win­ning list.

B Grade

B Grade has made it four wins in a row with a 37-run vic­tory over the pre­vi­ously un­de­feated Mount Beauty at Mount Beauty.

Win­ning the toss and bat­ting, the Roos made a steady start against some tight bowl­ing, but lost Kade Wil­son (6), Ja­cob Bartlett (6) and Greg Burgess (6) by the 16th over to be 3 for 44.

Lochie Con­boy was con­tin­u­ing his good form with a well-made 23 but when he went in the 22nd over the Roos were 4 for 56.

Will Sey­mour (15) and Tom Miegel started to lift the run rate but when Sey­mour then Luke Backhouse (2) went, the Roos looked in trou­ble at 6 for 84 in the 28th over.

En­ter Cap­tain Scott Wil­son and along with Miegel th­ese two bat­ted su­perbly adding 60 runs in 9 overs to set up a de­fend­able to­tal.

Miegel went for 33, while Gabby Sut­cliffe got her first bat for the sea­son and with Wil­son mak­ing a game chang­ing 43, the Roos were able to end their 40 overs at 9 for 165.

In re­ply, Mount Beauty started well as they added 58 for the first wicket be­fore Kade Wil­son got that wicket in the 16th over as Mount Beauty went to the drinks break at 1 for 70 after 20 overs.

The game changed after the drinks break with Gabby Sut­cliffe re­warded for her spell of tight bowl­ing with a wicket.

Then Luke Backhouse re­ally turned the screws with three wick­ets in five balls to re­duce Mount Beauty to 5 for 74.

Lochie Con­boy’s good game con­tin­ued as he picked up the next three wick­ets to have Mount Beauty 8 for 109 by the 32nd over.

Greg Burgess then chimed in with his first wicket as Mount Beauty fell to 9 for 109.

But the Roos couldn’t get the last wicket as Mount Beauty bat­ted out their 40 overs to fin­ish the day at 9 for 128.

Backhouse fin­ished with 3 for 19 off his 6 overs (even after go­ing for two big sixes in two balls), while Con­boy col­lected 3 for 21 off his 6 overs.

Sut­cliffe bowled tightly for 1 for 14 off 7 overs with Burgess tak­ing 1 for 23 off his 8 overs.

This Satur­day sees the side take on Kiewa at Ball Park.

C Grade

On a per­fect day for cricket at Mor­ris Park, C Grade, with a very young side, got off to a great start after win­ning the toss and elect­ing to bowl against Belvoir Gold.

‘Mr Con­sis­tent’ Danny Os­borne and Deaken Clancy got the boys off to a great start with tight bowl­ing to have the op­po­si­tion on the back foot.

Danny ended up with 1/17 in­clud­ing 4 maid­ens from 8 overs while Clancy col­lected two wick­ets of his own.

Mark Wal­lis con­tin­ued to show his valu­able as­set of the in­fa­mous left arm darts to fin­ish off with 1/15 from 8, also in­clud­ing 2 maid­ens.

The high­light of the day was the run out from young gun Will Chan­dler, hurl­ing in an ab­so­lute rocket arm from near the bound­ary for a di­rect hit run out.

Belvoir put the foot down after drinks to fin­ish with a to­tal of 9/148 from 35 overs.

Os­borne and young An­gas McFar­land come up against some qual­ity bowl­ing with Os­borne mak­ing a quick fire 15 be­fore leav­ing the crease.

McFar­land was bat­ting bril­liantly un­til he was un­luck­ily run out fin­ish­ing up on 12.

After los­ing a valu­able wicket in Melk­sham, Chan­dler then joined Bai­ley Minogue for their first game of C Grade.

After cop­ping a lot of flak and sledg­ing from the se­nior op­po­si­tion, Chan­dler showed ex­cel­lent lead­er­ship and ma­tu­rity that be­lied his young age. A bright fu­ture awaits the up and com­ing young gun whether it be foot­ball or cricket.

Chan­dler fin­ished with 22 and Minogue 15 for his first game of the sea­son.

The boys couldn’t get it done in the end as Belvoir bowled a very tight spell after drinks, re­strict­ing the boys to be­ing all out on 105.

Once again, a big thank you to all the ju­niors who con­sis­tently put their hand up to help fill po­si­tions in all se­nior grades.

Play­ing two games in one day can be tough, but shows the char­ac­ter of th­ese kids with

great com­mit­ment to­wards the club which the en­tire club is grate­ful for.

Back to Al­bury next week to take on East Al­bury.

Un­der 16s

In the Un­der 16s, Corowa Blue had a tight 12-run vic­tory over New City in a one-day game at Urana Road Oval.

Bat­ting first, Blue got off to a great start with Jor­dan Ey­ers mak­ing 35 and with fel­low opener Luke Backhouse mak­ing 41; the Roos were able to make 4 for 124 off their 24 overs.

In re­ply, New City’s cap­tain put in a great in­nings to get them to 2 for 80 but with Ja­cob Bev­eridge bowl­ing well with 3 for 12.

Blue were able to bowl out New City for 112.

In the other Un­der 16s game, Corowa White went down by 64 runs to Wodonga Prouds.

Bowl­ing first, White’s strug­gled to con­tain Wodonga’s bats­men as they amassed 3 for 133 off their 20 overs with Blaye Smith tak­ing 1 for 15.

In re­ply, White was bowled out for 69 with Luke Heagney bat­ting su­perbly mak­ing 31.

The club would like to ac­knowl­edge the 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.

In his first game for Corowa, De­clan Ste­wart was bat­ting very well un­til stumped from a wide de­liv­ery. De­clan was out for 13. Photo: Si­mon Ginns

Roos bats­man Kae­lan Bradtke was in fine form. Photo: Si­mon Ginns

Roos bowler Mark Athani­tis de­liv­ers a pow­er­ful ball. Photo: Si­mon Ginns

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