New­ton’s ton fails to save Tigers CRICKET By JUSTIN JENVEY

Myrtleford Times - - SPORT -

OVENS Val­ley United’s sea­son has ended in dis­ap­point­ment los­ing their fi­nal round match against Benalla Vi­o­let Town United and miss­ing out on the A grade fi­nals.

A run a ball cen­tury from Josh New­ton couldn’t get the Tigers over the line as they were bowled out for 189 in pur­suit of 214.

De­spite fin­ish­ing the sea­son in se­cond last po­si­tion the Tigers were still a chance of mak­ing the six if they had de­feated BVTU.

Af­ter New­ton got his side in a win­ning po­si­tion Ovens Val­ley lost its last four wick­ets for just seven runs, to fall 25 runs short.

Ear­lier in the day the Tigers had re­cov­ered from a dreaded start at 2/2 af­ter los­ing open­ers Corey South­ern and Brad Pi­azza for ducks.

Scott McNa­mara (22) and New­ton took the score to 49 and then New­town and Lach­lan Houri­gan (14) to 95.

A sixth wicket part­ner­ship of 50 be­tween New­ton and Nelum Ku­mara (19) got the Tigers to 171 but when New­ton fell for 114 the writ­ing was on the wall.

Ovens Val­ley cap­tain Corey South­ern said it was a bit­terly dis­ap­point­ing way to end the sea­son, es­pe­cially af­ter New­ton be­came the club’s first cen­tu­rion.

“I can’t praise Josh enough, he gave a cou­ple of early chances but then bat­ted re­ally well from there,” South­ern said.

“Even though we got off to the worst pos­si­ble start we re­cov­ered and Josh and Nelum got us into a po­si­tion to win it.

“Even when Josh fell I thought our last bat­ters should be able to muster 40 be­tween them on a re­ally good bat­ting deck but it wasn’t to be.

“It was very dis­ap­point­ing that af­ter Josh the 10 oth­ers couldn’t man­age 100 runs.”

Things ended bet­ter for the club’s B grade side as they beat Ruther­glen United by dis­miss­ing their op­po­nents for 110 de­fend­ing 137.

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