Bowlers shine for Bushies

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Be­nalla Bushrangers’ A-grade side moved into third spot on the Wan­garatta and Dis­trict Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion lad­der on the week­end with a close win over Ovens Val­ley United.

The four-run vic­tory was the third win for the A-graders this sea­son and was high­lighted by an un­beaten 76 from cap­tain James Car­boon.

Sent in to bat, the Bushies com­piled 5/158 from its 40 overs at Whorouly.

Car­boon was well sup­ported by fel­low opener Lee Bren­nan with 22 and Vaughan Kirk with 24, while Gary Priest made a handy 11 not out.

In re­ply, the Bushies chose the op­tion of youth for the open­ing bowl­ing spell with Kirk and Conor Brodie.

The young bowlers did not dis­ap­point and soon had Ovens Val­ley 4/40.

That put the pres­sure on the mid­dle or­der and when Kirk had the tenth wicket caught be­hind by Priest, the Bushies had Ovens Val­ley all out for 154 in the 39th over.

Kirk and Dale Stratton were the pic of the bowlers with three wick­ets each, while Brodie fin­ished with two.

Un­der-16 player Henry Sa­daya took his first A-grade wicket and Nate Ab­ley also snared a wicket.


The A-re­serve side recorded an even closer win, get­ting home by two runs against City Colts at the Gar­dens.

The Colts won the toss and bat­ted putting to­gether a re­spectable 6/184 from their 36 overs.

Un­der-16 player Jasper DeFazio con­tin­ued his great form with the ball, snar­ing 3/22 while vet­eran Trev Saker got a cou­ple of wick­ets.

In re­sponse and in a great dis­play of open­ing bat­ting, James Arendt and Si­mon Holmes set up the win with Holmes mak­ing 74 and Arendt un­beaten on 73.

The Bushies only lost two wick­ets to fin­ish with 186 from their 36 overs as Chris­tian DeFazio made 23 and Wade Gladstone was un­beaten on 11.


B-grade also played City Colts at the showgrounds, where the Colts cruised to vic­tory.

Bat­ting first, the Bushies found it hard go­ing, but man­aged to com­plete their 36 overs for 7/103.

Lee Wy­de­ven top scored with 26, while Si­mon Briggs made 22.

The Colts made 7/165 in re­ply.

Un­der-16 play­ers Grayson Kirk and Deakyn Kohler grabbed a cou­ple of wick­ets each.


In the Un­der-12s, the young Bushies were sent into bat by City Colts at the Arun­del St Lake Ground.

Lu­cas Ham and Jonty Priest got them off to a fast start be­fore Priest was caught for four in the sec­ond over.

That brought James Mar­tin to the crease and he showed great lead­er­ship to bat sen­si­bly through the next few overs to steady the ship for the Bushies. He fin­ished un­beaten on 24.

Mar­tin’s in­nings helped an­chor the side as they posted 120 for the loss of only two wick­ets.

Cooper Bin­ion and Tom Grif­fiths show­ing great sup­port with 13 runs apiece.

The Bushies then bowled with great dis­ci­pline, keep­ing their ex­tras to a min­i­mum as well as keep­ing pres­sure on the Colts bat­ters, with Archie Stevens, Bayleigh Dervish, Brice Cooney and Bin­ion all tak­ing a wicket each. The Colts fin­ished 5/86 off their 20 overs. That’s the third win in a row for the Un­der-12s.


The Un­der-14s Bushrangers lost the toss and were sent in by Wan­garatta Mag­gies on a bel­ter of a wicket at the Be­nalla Gar­dens.

Open­ers Will Hy­land and Ge­orge Lith­gow once again got them off to a solid start be­fore Hy­land mis­judged a pull shot and was caught back­ward of square for eight.

Cap­tain Lu­cas Hales came to the crease with clear in­tent and the two sec­ond year play­ers crafted out a won­der­ful part­ner­ship of 67 be­fore Lith­gow re­tired at drinks.

Hales and Kelly James pushed the score along un­til the 30th over where Hales achieved a wellde­served 50 re­tired, his first for the club.

The Bushies ended their 42 overs on 9/149, with Ge­orge Lith­gow fin­ish­ing un­beaten on 32 not out and Hales on 57 not out.

The Be­nalla-Greta com­bine trav­elled to Moyhu to take on Rovers United Bruck Yel­low.

Max Cullen and Liam Sem­mens jumped out of the blocks nicely, putting on 33 be­fore Sem­mens was caught for 14.

Jett Roberts came to the crease and re­fused to be tied down and he and Cullen put on a handy 21 part­ner­ship un­til Max was stumped for 24. Last week’s half-cen­tu­rion Nik McAsey didn’t get the chance to re­peat his Yar­ra­wonga hero­ics when he was also stumped for a duck.

Patty Wright pro­vided much­needed sup­port to Roberts be­fore he was bowled for 23. Roberts then stead­ied to post his first 50 for the year and re­tired a few overs later.

James Parker and Ty Beg­none fin­ished not out tak­ing the scores along to 4/140 off their 42 overs.


The un­der-16 Bushies trav­elled to De­latite and de­spite los­ing an as­ton­ish­ing five wick­ets for two runs at the end of their in­nings, man­aged to post a de­fend­able 8/154 off their al­lo­cated 42 overs.

It was a mixed bag for the un­der­16s with cap­tain Bode Stevens mak­ing 62, well sup­ported by Luke Dunne with 30, Jack Ful­lager knock­ing up 24 and Henry Sa­daya with 20.

This week­end’s games sees A -grade travel to Beech­worth to tackle Beech­worth, A-re­serve at home against Greta, B-grade will take on Rovers United Bruck in South Wan­garatta and C-grade at home at the Friendlies against City Colts. The Un­der-12s will take on City Colts White at the HP Barr Re­serve in Wan­garatta.

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