Thrilling vic­tory B-grade tri­umphant

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Be­nalla Bushrangers B-grade side won a nail-bit­ing one-day game at Friendlies Re­serve on Satur­day with vic­tory com­ing off the fi­nal ball of the match.

Bat­ting first against Wan­garatta Mag­pies, the Bushies com­pleted their 36 overs with 150 runs on the board for the loss of five wick­ets.

Open­ers Kieran Linke and Matty Males were both out cheaply, but the top and mid­dle-or­der stead­ied and saw the overs out.

Deakyn Kohler top-scored with an un­beaten 38 while Se­naka Lak­mal was also not out, mak­ing a valu­able 30 runs.

In a great dis­play of youth and ex­pe­ri­ence, Matt Knight and Richard Hub­bard made 23 and 21 re­spec­tively.

Knight then con­tin­ued his form with the ball in hand, re­mov­ing one of the Mag­gies' open­ing bats­men and the num­ber three. When Josh Or­mand bowled Zach Wal­lace, the visi­tors were 3/36.

The Mag­gies' mid­dle-or­der dug in and when Lak­mal trapped Darren Grant LBW, the game was evenly poised with the Mag­gies 5/105.

It all came down to the last over with the Mag­gies need­ing five to win and Knight with ball in hand.

Af­ter a tense first five balls, the visi­tors needed two runs from the fi­nal ball and Knight de­liv­ered with a full and straight de­liv­ery which re­sulted in a run out and vic­tory to the Bushies.

Knight fin­ished with 2/27 while Or­mand, Lak­mal and Linke all got a wicket each. B-grade has the bye this week­end, so they can start Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tions early.

A-re­serve

The A-re­serve game, played at the Be­nalla Show­grounds, also went down to the wire with the home side los­ing by one run to De­latite.

Sent in to bat, the fin­ished on 6/131 from overs.

Brendan Her­nan top scored with 45 while Re­gan Shee­han made 28.

Chris­tian DeFazio made 20 and Trev Saker made 13, while Dyan Bar­ber was un­beaten on 12.

Henry Sa­daya got the bowl­ing Bushies their 36 off to a good start, re­mov­ing one of the De­latite open­ers cheaply, with Reuben James bowl­ing the other opener.

As in the B-grade game, it all came down to the last over and the fi­nal ball. The De­latite bats­men man­aged to scram­ble through for a sin­gle to win by one run.

James fin­ished with two wick­ets while Saker, Sa­daya and Brent Wal­lace all got a wicket each.

This Satur­day, the A-re­serve side is at home at the Gar­dens against Ovens Val­ley United.

A-grade

The A-graders will rue a few missed chances in a close loss to Rovers United Bruck at the Gar­dens.

Cap­tain James Car­boon won the toss and elected to bowl and would have been ec­static with his choice as the visi­tors fell to 7/48.

Conor Brodie and Dale Strat­ton did all the dam­age early, but John Hyde and GL Shan­tha from the visi­tors put a stop to the col­lapse, putting on al­most 100 runs to see RUB fin­ish the 40 overs on 9/174.

Strat­ton was the pick of the bowlers with 3/16 from his eight overs while Brodie fin­ished with 2/29. Nate Ab­ley, Lee Bren­nan, Ryan Lloyd-Wil­liams and Bode Stevens all took a wicket each.

In the run chase, the Bushies were look­ing the goods with just one wicket down and the score on 92. But the loss of five wick­ets for just two runs turned the game on its head.

The Bushies were even­tu­ally all out for 160 in the 37th over.

Ash El­lis did a great job to open and top score with 59 runs while Ab­ley made 38. Josh McCal­lum made 22 and in his A-grade de­but af­ter a long spell with in­jury, Simon Holmes made 19.

A-Grade has the bye this week­end.

C-grade

The C-grade team had a tough day at the of­fice (Arun­del St) up against top side Rovers United Bruck.

The visi­tors bat­ted first and smashed up 5/236 from their 36 overs. Trev Tay­lor was the pick of the bowlers with two wick­ets while Steve McCal­lum, Grayson Kirk and Char­lie Daws grabbed a wicket each.

In re­ply, the Bushies were bun­dled out for 55. Phil Beg­none (13) and Mitch Cullen (11) were the only bats­men to make it onto dou­ble fig­ures.

This Satur­day, C-grade plays Yar­ra­wonga-Mul­wala at home at the Friendlies Re­serve.

Un­der-16

In the ju­niors, the un­der-16s con­tin­ued on their win­ning way with an easy vic­tory over Wan­garatta Mag­pies at Norm Minns oval.

Bowl­ing first, the Bushies kept the Mag­gies to just 51 runs from their al­lo­cated 21 overs.

An­gus O’Hal­lo­ran and Henry Sa­daya took two wick­ets, while Jasper DeFazio, Charles Moll, Jack Ful­lager, Dom Buck­ley and Grayson Kirk grabbed a wicket each.

In re­ply, the Bushies fin­ished on 7/114 as Luke Dunne and Bode Stevens both re­tired on 33 runs and Matt Knight chipped in with 13.

This Satur­day, the un­der-16s travel to Myrtle­ford to play Ovens Val­ley United. The un­der-16s cur­rently sit on top of the WDCA lad­der.

Un­der-14

In un­der-14 ac­tion, the Be­nalla Bushrangers de­feated City Colts at the Be­nalla Gar­dens in a close game.

Bat­ting first, the Bushies made 2/88 from their 21 overs. Lu­cas Hales top scored to re­tire on 23 not out while Flynn Weeks was also not out on 16 runs.

Will Hyland made 10 and Ben Rear­don was not out with 11 runs.

In re­ply, the Bushies kept the visi­tors to 1/73 from their 21 overs.

Will Hyland was the only wicket taker. The Be­nalla/Greta com­bine side had a bye.

This week­end the Be­nalla Bushrangers un­der-14s play De­latite in Mans­field and the Be­nalla/Greta com­bine plays City Colts at Greta.

Un­der-12

The youngest of the Bushies played Rovers United Bruck Blue at Arun­del St.

Af­ter a good dis­play bat­ting to fin­ish on 4/89 from their 20 overs, the Bushies were beaten by some ex­cel­lent RUB bat­ting as the visi­tors amassed 160 runs for the loss of four wick­ets.

The young boys did a good job with the bat, mak­ing it through their 20 overs for the loss of just four wick­ets, which in­cluded the bat­ting de­but of James De­pio and Billy Buiten­huis.

Lu­cas Ham top-scored to re­tire not out on 17 as Jonty Priest also saw his 20 balls off to be un­beaten on 13.

Archie Stevens was also un­beaten, re­tired for eight runs and Tom Griffith was solid, open­ing the in­nings to make three.

Mitch Cooney and Buiten­huis also re­tired not out. The Bushies bowl­ing and field­ing suc­cumbed to some un­be­liev­able bat­ting as the visi­tors piled on 160 runs.

That did not stop Will Bot­ten, with a fine caught and bowled, Cooper Bin­ion, Mitch Cooney and Os­car Ring tak­ing a wicket each.

This Satur­day, the un­der-12s play Rovers United Bruck Red at the Arun­del St ground Lake end.

Eyes on prize: Be­nalla’s A-grade wicket keeper Gary Priest con­cen­trates be­hind the stumps dur­ing the week­end. Pic­ture: Karl Phillip­son

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