Wins hard to come by
Benalla Bushrangers’ senior sides did not have a lot of joy on the weekend with A-grade and C-grade losing in close games.
The A-graders took on ladderleaders City Colts at the Benalla Gardens and batting first, finished with a respectable 173- bowled out in the last of their allocated 40 overs.
The Bushies were under the pump early after captain James Carboon left a ball he should not have.
Carboon was soon joined in the sheds by Ash Ellis and James Saker as the score sat at 3/21.
Vaughan Kirk and Sam Gladstone then combined for a 50-run stand to stem the bleeding until Kirk was caught and bowled for 19.
Gladstone went on to make 58, including seven fours.
He had some support from Nate Abley with 16, while Justin Saker debuted with an unbeaten 49.
The Bushies’ defence started well with opening bowlers Gladstone and Dale Stratton applying plenty of pressure to yield results.
City Colts were 3/21 when Gladstone bowled Norris, but the wickets started to dry up.
An unbeaten century from Kent Braden saw the Colts home with two overs to spare.
Kirk also chipped in with a wicket while Stratton finished with 2/19 from his eight overs.
This weekend is the start of the two-day games with A-grade taking on Rovers United Bruck at home at the Gardens.
A-reserve had the difficult task of playing Yarrawonga-Mulwala at home and lost by 72 runs after Yarrawonga made 6/213 from its 36 overs.
Ryan Lloyd-Williams finished with 2/37 from seven overs while Jack Fullager, Jasper DeFazio and Josh McCallum got a wicket each.
The strong Yarra bowling attack restricted the Bushies to 8/141 from their 36 overs.
Simon Holmes top scored with 59 while Josh McCallum made 23 and Pete Keen and Wade Gladstone both worked hard to get 15 runs each.
This Saturday, A-reserve will play Delatite at the Benalla Showgrounds for day one of their twoday game.
Bushies’ B-graders travelled to Wangaratta to play day two of their game against Rovers United Bruck. Resuming at 0/50, the Bushies were bowled out for 127 as Greg Hoysted top scored with 39 and Reuben James made 12.
RUB finished with 9/177 to win the game.
Nick DeWinne was the pick of the bowlers with 4/29 from 11 overs and his young son Charlie also grabbed a wicket. Matt Knight and Gurpreet Mann got two wickets each.
B-grade will play the Wangaratta Magpies at the Friendlies in Benalla this Saturday.
C-grade lost in the last over of the game at Friendlies Reserve in Benalla against Greta, where wickets were hard to come by. Batting first, the Bushies made 5/186 from their 36 overs.
Richard Hubbard top scored with 78 while Phil Begnone made 46 and Steve McCallum made 36. Greta chased down the runs in their final over. Pete Skinner and Jarrod Winzer both took a wicket.
C-grade will play the Beechworth Wanderers at the Arundel St Lake end on Saturday.
Both under-14 sides have made good starts to their two-day games.
Playing at Yarrawonga against Yarrawonga, the Benalla under14 side will need to make 154 next week for victory.
They took eight wickets with Charlie DeWinne best of the bowlers with 2/7 from six overs.
Sam Heaney, Blake Spokes, George Lithgow, Aardash Deo and Harrison Drury all got a wicket each.
The Benalla/Greta combined under-14 side bowled Greta out for 117 at Greta.
Jett Roberts took 3/8 from his six overs while Tyler Begnone, Nick McAsey, Oscar Roberts, Pat Wright, Tom Binion and James Parker got a wicket each.
The under-12s did a good job against an experienced Greta side, playing at Arundel St Lake end.
Captained by Will Botten, the Bushies bowled first as Greta piled on 153 runs from their 20 overs. The Greta openers were on fire to put on 76.
Archie Stevens came on to bowl and broke the wicket drought, bowling the number three batsman with his first ball.
Archie was an inspiration in the field too, completing a run out later in the innings. Lucas Ham also got a wicket while Jonty Priest managed a caught and bowled.
Facing the huge total of 150-plus, openers Bayleigh Dervish and Seth Arnold both did well against some quick bowling, eventually retiring not out.
Seth made 14 with two fours included and Bayleigh finished with 20 including three boundaries.
The good batting continued with Oscar Ring and Cooper Binion also seeing out their 20 balls and hitting boundaries.
The Bushies did not lose a wicket until there was 58 runs on the board, while Tom Griffiths finished with six not out. The total in the end was 5/87.
This Saturday the under-12s travel to Tarrawingee to play Ovens Valley United Black.
Crack: Young gun Bode Stevens in action for the Bushies’ A-grade side against ladder-leaders City Colts at the Benalla Gardens during the weekend. Picture: Karl Phillipson