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