Tigers fall in thriller

Alpine Observer - - Sport -

BY TATE SPITERI

OVENS Val­ley United suf­fered a thrilling four run loss to fel­low fi­nals hopefuls Be­nalla at the week­end.

The Tigers in their first game at Whorouly for the year and with­out star quick, Michael New­ton, bowled tightly to keep Be­nalla to 5/158 off their 40 overs but were let down by clus­ter wick­ets with the bat.

Vet­eran Scott McNa­mara who was re­called to the top of the or­der af­ter strong re­serve grade form started well with an early bound­ary but when he was caught off the bowl­ing of Con­nor Brodie for 12, Jack Hay­cock (0) im­me­di­ately fol­lowed.

Skip­per Andy New­ton then launched a counter at­tack at the Bushrangers’ bowl­ing with 24 at just un­der a run a ball but af­ter he was bowled by Henry Sa­daya, Lochie Houri­gan who had been de­fend­ing well also lost his wicket.

Houri­gan faced 25 balls and sur­vived 38 min­utes for his 1, putting on a 27 run stand with New­ton be­fore he was also caught off the bowl­ing of Brodie.

Bright pair Dy­lan Bur­sill (19) and Sea­mus Phillips (51) then got the score­board tick­ing along nicely be­fore Bur­sill and Ryan Withers (2) quickly departed.

The el­e­gant Phillips re­ceived good sup­port from Corey South­ern and Michael Speed (both 12) as the score creeped up to 7/144 but for the fourth time in the in­nings suc­ces­sive wick­ets put the Tigers in a hole.

They lost 2/5 forc­ing the fi­nal pair of Speed and num­ber 11 Bai­ley Wy­att to the crease with nine runs still needed.

Re­quir­ing a fur­ther five runs off eight balls, Speed was then caught be­hind off the Bushrangers’ open­ing bowler, Vaughan Kirk.

Ovens Val­ley travel to Greta next week to face the win­less Greta.

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