Wanderers search for first win
BEECHWORTH’S A grade cricket team remains winless after a tight finish in last weekend’s match against Ovens Valley United.
Ovens Valley made 107 off 39 overs with former coach and opening quick Mark Butters taking four wickets, Hamish Malsem chipped in with three wickets and Cam Fendyk snared two in a rare bowling performance.
In the chase, Ovens Valley started as good as a side could hope, removing Adam Walsh and Brenton Surrey to have the Wanderers 2/1.
Stewart Pearce added 11 but lost his wicket to Michael Newton and the Wanderers were in trouble at 3/18.
Cam Fendyk (one run), Matt Pearce (duck) and Adam Crossman (duck) barely troubled the scorers with the Wanderers reduced to 6/32 and a massive victory loomed.
But a lower order 38-run innings to Will Brown got the Wanderers to within 13 runs of victory before he was out leg before wicket.
Ovens Valley took the next three remaining wickets for 11 runs as the Tigers held on to win by just two runs.
Alessandro Belci added 23 runs in a daring partnership with Brown.
Beechworth’s A reserve side defeated City Colts, passing the required 140 runs six wickets down.
The Wanderers’ A reserve side was led well by David Tolley and Riley Petts (36 runs) with Dean Fitzpatrick’s 30 runs in the lower order seeing the side to the win.
Fitzpatrick was backing up a great bowling performance in which he took three wickets and was the side’s leading wicket taker on the day.
Rutherglen United’s B grade side posted 160 runs in 36 overs.
Kurt Schmidt made a fine half century, while Grant Steed added 33 to help Rutherglen post a strong total.
Schmidt and Mitch Somerville took three and two wickets each to hold the Colts to 141 runs from the allotted 36 overs and exact a strong victory.
Rutherglen United’s C grade side amassed 202 runs against Gapsted.
Mathew Andison (76 runs) and Jakeb Meyer (36 runs) were the main scorers.
Stephen Harrison, Craig Sibraa and Emmaline Howard each took two wickets to keep Gapsted to 120.
Beechworth’s C grade held off a plucky Greta side.
The Wanderers made 118 and knew that they would need to field well to hold off Greta.
The Blues managed just 99 in the chase with Dylan Pool’s three wickets critical for the defending side.
Eight individual wicket takers snared victims in the under 16s match between Beechworth-Rutherglen and Ovens Valley as the hybrid Beechworth-Rutherglen side won the game.
The joint side defeated Ovens Valley by 14 runs in a superb bowling and fielding performance.
SHINING LIGHT: Former Beechworth coach Mark Butters was the standout performer for the Wanderers taking four wickets against Ovens Valley on Saturday.