Wan­der­ers search for first win

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - By CAM POT­TER

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.

PHOTO: Mel Guy

SHIN­ING LIGHT: For­mer Beech­worth coach Mark But­ters was the stand­out per­former for the Wan­der­ers tak­ing four wick­ets against Ovens Val­ley on Satur­day.

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