Tigers smash Greta as Newtons dominate with bat and ball
BY TATE SPITERI
OVENS Valley United have signalled their move from cellar dwellers to genuine finals contenders with an emphatic eight wicket win over Greta on Saturday.
The Tigers won the toss and elected to bowl and instantly had the home team struggling as Michael Newton removed both openers cheaply.
Bowling at first change, Michael Speed then dismissed Lachlan Hadden while in form former captain Corey Southern (2/10) picked up wickets to have Greta 5/52.
Skipper Andy Newton then brought himself on to bowl and delivered in spades taking a career best 4/9 to have the Blues all out for just 71.
With the bat, the Tigers were never troubled as opener Jack Haycock and Andy Newton (both 30) guided them past the total just two wickets down.
Star player, Michael Newton, then added salt to the wounds for Greta hammering a 37ball, 57 as the Tigers waltzed to 6/193 off 48 overs.
Newton now has 162 runs at an average of 54 as a damaging middle order batsman and nine wickets at 10.88 with the new ball.
Dylan Bursill (25 not out) also chipped in for the Tigers while the hard hitting Ryan Withers was not required.
In the reserves, Ovens Valley maintained their spot inside the top two with a 42-run with over Delatite.
Ryan Harris had a day out, top scoring with 35 before taking 4/5 with the ball.
Harris arrived at the club from Gawler just three weeks ago and has made 102 runs at an average of 51 and remarkably, taken 11 wickets at three runs apiece.