Tigers set to remain in top four
OVENS Valley United will almost certainly go to the Christmas break inside the top four regardless of their result away to Yarrawonga this round.
The Tigers, who were winless last season, picked up their fifth victory on Saturday against the Wangaratta Magpies.
The Pies won the toss and batted at McNamara Reserve and got off to a good start as openers Andrew Bowden and Christ Oates put on 39.
Left arm quick, Bailey Wyatt, who was called up in the absence of star opening bowler Michael Newton then did the damage with the wickets of Bowden and Oates as well as Magpies skipper Zac Guilfoyle.
Wyatt finished with the figures of 3/15 while Corey Southern (2/22) and Harry Jamieson (2/21) also chipped in as the Pies were skittled for just 114.
Included in Southern’s wickets was that of his Myrtleford Saints teammate, Rhys Grant (7).
In reply, Jamieson was given the task of opening the innings and the youngster carried his bat with a patient 28 not out as the Tigers made the runs just four wickets down, but in the last over of play.
Guilfoyle proved the most problematic for the home batsman with the medium pacer picking up a miserly 3/6 from eight overs to have the Tigers in a spot of bother at 4/58.
Stand in captain, Ryan Withers, was then again the accelerator for Ovens Valley as his unbeaten 46 saw the Tigers home.
Withers averages 40.75 with the bat this season and has remained unbeaten when called upon for leadership duties.
In A Reserve, Ovens Valley’s 4/125 was easily reeled in by Beechworth.
Michael Elliot (32) and Tom Chettleburgh (29) got starts for the Tigers while Ryan Harris continued his good form with 2/22.
Youngster Josh Jones also continues to impress, taking 2/24 after being called up from B Grade.
Amazingly, the B grade Tigers had a tie with both teams finishing on 99 after their 36 overs. Nicholas Bleeser had a day out, taking 5/14. HIGH COMPETENCE: A local family has made Australian Kyokushin history. Alpine Shinkyokushin Dojo sensei Sue Texler and her daughters Natalie Texler and Anneliese Knight are now all black belts. It is the first instance since Kyokushin was introduced to Australia in the 1960s that a mother and two daughters have achieved their black belts in the discipline. Former Wandiligong resident Natalie gained her 1st Dan Black Belt at the Shinkyokushin Karate National Camp grading in Canberra recently. Sensei Sue gained her 3rd Dan Black Belt in 2016 while Anneliese who is now living and training in Queanbeyan gained her 1st Dan Black Belt in 2013. Sempai Natalie currently resides and trains in Adelaide. All three girls commenced training in Porepunkah in the early 2000s. They were joined by other members of Alpine Dojo at the Shinkyokushin Karate National Camp on November 23.