Rain plays havoc with matches

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Rain dur­ing the week caused many cricket games on Satur­day to be can­celled and post­poned.

The only matches played by the Be­nalla Bushrangers were the C-grade and un­der-12 games, with C-grade play­ing Beech­worth Wan­der­ers at the Arun­del St Road ground, while the un­der-12s trav­elled to Tar­rawingee to play Ovens Val­ley United Black.

Bushie’s C-grade was in trou­ble early at Arun­del St af­ter bat­ting first and los­ing Mitch Cullen for four and Nick Ja­cobs for three.

Phil Beg­none and Steve Mc­Cal­lum put on 20 runs be­fore Mc­Cal­lum played one onto his stumps af­ter mak­ing 19 runs.

Next out was Grayson Kirk for two, with the Bushies not look­ing too bad at 4/69- how­ever, the tail was cleaned up cheaply to be all out for 80.

Beg­none top scored with 22 and Josh Or­mand made 10.

Beech­worth lost four wick­ets in the run chase as they passed the re­quired to­tal in the 23rd over.

Mc­Cal­lum took 3/36 while Or­mand, Dom Buck­ley and Mitch Cullen also got a wicket each.

This Satur­day the C-grade side takes on Rovers United Bruck at home in Be­nalla.

Un­der-12

The Un­der-12s lost a close game against OVU Black at Tar­rawingee. Bat­ting first, the youngest of the Bushies made 5/74 from their 20 overs.

Open­ers Seth Arnold and Bayleigh Dervish got the side off to a solid start be­fore Arnold was bowled for five with the score on 21.

The other bat­ters in the line-up kept the score tick­ing over as Jonty Priest top scored, re­tir­ing not out on 15 and Dervish went on to make 11.

Os­car Ring was solid as a rock to be not out for five, while Will Bot­ten, Har­ley Brown and Mitch Cooney did a great job to see off some good bowl­ing.

With the ball in hand, the Bushies were ex­cel­lent with just 11 ex­tras bowled — an im­prove­ment on pre­vi­ous weeks.

But the OVU Black side did not lose a wicket in its in­nings and fin­ished with 88 runs on the board.

The club said all of the Bushies’ bowlers did a great job and con­tinue to de­velop their crick­et­ing skills.

This Satur­day the un­der-12s take on Rovers United Bruck Blue at the Arun­del St road-end ground.

Ef­fort ball: Dom Buck­ley sends a ball down at the Arun­del St road-end ground on Satur­day where the Be­nalla Bushrangers lost to Beech­worth Wan­der­ers. Pic­ture: Mark Saun­ders

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