No great es­cape for Tigers

Alpine Observer - - Classifieds -

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.

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