Euroa sits a win clear on top of the ladder after solid result
EUROA’S D grade side hosted Karramomus at the Friendlies oval on Saturday afternoon.
The Euroa team knew that it was going to be a tough match as Karramomus was sitting alongside Euroa at the top of the ladder.
Euroa’s captain, Mitch Penman, lost the toss and the team was sent into bowl.
Russell Downie proved his worth with the new ball, as he managed to get a wicket in the first over of the match for the second time this season.
Zach Rawlings continued to toil away with the ball.
He bowled with pace and accuracy but was unlucky to not earn himself a wicket.
Linc McKernan was the first change bowler for the Pies.
With his first delivery, he managed to get a wicket, trapping the batsman leg before wicket.
Jye Bjorksten found himself in the action, taking a fantastic diving catch in cover, off the bowling of McKernan.
Bjorksten’s catch would definitely be a main feature on the post-match highlight reel.
McKernan ended up with four wickets off his eight overs.
Travis Stefanos entered into the attack.
Stefanos regularly changed the speed, spin and flight of his off-spin deliveries to try and trick the batsman into a false shot.
This tactic worked well as Stefanos found himself amongst the wickets too, ending up with three for 22 off his seven overs.
Jack Wilson was the next bowler to get a wicket next to his name, getting a delivery to crash into the stumps, with his figures being one for three off three overs.
Finally, Russell Downie’s runout concluded the innings for Karramomus and it was sure to be joining Bjorksten’s catch on the highlight reel, leaving Euroa to chase down 119 in their 40 overs.
After a delicious afternoon tea, the opening batsmen pair of Mitch Gleeson and Linc McKernan made their way to the middle.
The pair started confidently, as they dispatched any poor balls to the boundary line.
Gleeson was unfortunately bowled for seven.
With the score at one for 28, Travis Stefanos joined McKernan.
The pair managed to get on top of the Karramomus attack, although there were a number of nervous times for each of the batsman, with French cuts and edges past the slips occasionally happening.
McKernan brought up another half century, as he continued his rich run of form.
Stefanos continued to keep the scoreboard ticking over.
He hit some excellent cut shots and worked the ball off his pads well.
After batting for 24 overs, Euroa had reached the Karramomus total, McKernan remained unbeaten on 67 and Stefanos ended on 37 not out.
It was a fantastic win for Euroa who now sit a game clear on top of the ladder.
Next week, the D grade team plays Numurkah at Violet Town, another crucial match as they currently sit third.
Final score: Euroa (1/125) defeated Karramomus (119)
Batting: L McKernan 67, T Stefanos 37
Bowling: L McKernan 4/20, T Stefanos 3/22