Euroa sits a win clear on top of the lad­der af­ter solid re­sult

Euroa Gazette - - SPORT -

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

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