Wins hard to come by

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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

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.

B-grade

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.

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.

Un­der-14.

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.

Un­der-12

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

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