No great escape for Tigers
BY TATE SPITERI
A KNEE injury to bowler Bailey Wyatt cut short Ovens Valley’s attempt at an extremely unlikely win against Yarrawonga Mulwala on the weekend.
Resuming at 7/27 in pursuit of the Lakers’ 120, Michael Newton (9) and Josh Neary (0) were quickly dismissed to have the score 9/29.
Wyatt and Speed (7 not out from 39 balls) then had the total crawl up to 9/41 before Wyatt injured his knee taking off for a single.
Play stopped for a number of minutes before the left arm bowler was forced to retire hurt, ending the Tigers innings.
Yarrawonga then went out to bat reaching 3/87 before an agreement to stop play was reached.
Englishman Michael Speed again picked up the wicket of Lakers captain Josh Lawrence as well as the dangerous Reid Clarke.
Clarke, who is the representative wicket keeper, was caught at mid-on with a stunning catch from the recovering Josh Newton who sub fielded after Wyatt’s injury.
Newton, who tore his anterior cruciate ligament during the football season, is expected to return to the Tigers in a full capacity after Christmas.
He will be a welcome addition to the Tigers’ stocks given their recent batting woes.
At A Reserve level, Ovens Valley were defeated by Benalla but Seamus Phillips struck a second innings 50 and Tom Chettleburgh a run-a-ball 24.
Glen White also picked up 4/20.
In B Grade, Tony Cuskelly (57) and Scott Jones (53) were also both admirable in defeat with half centuries in the Tigers’ 74 run loss to Wangaratta Magpies.