Roos teach Eskdale a lesson
A classy Matt Grantham century has helped A Grade to a massive 148-run win over Eskdale in their clash at Ball Park on the weekend.
After being sent in, Corowa lost Daniel Athanitis (24) and Matt Wilson (10) early to be for 2/40. Then what was seen at Ball Park was a master clash of batting by two stylish left handers in Matt Grantham and Nathan Rhodes, as they set out to destroy the Eskdale attack.
These two batted superbly as they added 172 before Rhodes was unfortunately out three runs short of a deserved century. Rhodes hit eight boundaries and a six in his innings of 97.
Grantham brought up his first senior century in the second last over as Corowa finished their 45 overs at 3/257, with Grantham striking 10 boundaries in his unbeaten 101. Meanwhile, Kodee Lowe finished on 17 not out in the Roos’ massive total.
Kaelan Bradtke made the perfect start with a wicket in the first over and, with Mark Athanitis 2/3, Gabby Sutcliffe 2/13 and Daniel Athanitis 3/13 all bowling well, Corowa reduced Eskdale to 8/30.
Some late hitting enabled Eskdale to reach 109 before Luke Backhouse (2/4) finished the innings off. This win has got Corowa back on an even ledger with three wins and three losses with some big games in the next few weeks. This Saturday sees the team take on Howlong at Howlong.
Scores: Corowa 3/257 (45 overs) – T Hodgkin 1/55, H Wilson 1/40, JJ Baude 1/40 defeated Eskdale 109 (36.3 overs) – D Athanitis 3/13, L Backhouse 2/4, M Athanitis 2/3, G Sutcliffe 2/13, K Bradtke 1/13.
A very young B Grade team went down by 89 runs in their clash with Eskdale at Eskdale. With unavailability hitting the team, captain Scott Wilson and Josh Closter took eight Under 16s up along with father Stephen Blain and Under 14 daughter Rosie.
Losing the toss, Corowa was asked to bowl first and Patrick Blain made an early breakthrough to have Eskdale 1/2. But the young bowling attack struggled to contain Eskdale as they amassed 6/221 off their 40 overs. Josh Closter bowled well to take 3/18 off seven overs, while Jed Longmire and Wilson collected wickets.
In reply, Corowa lost Closter early and when Ryan Beveridge went for a well-made 23, Corowa was struggling at 2/25. Youngsters Matthew Bush and Jed Longmire batted well to put on 60 runs with Longmire making 18, while Bush top scored in a great knock of 40.
But after they departed Corowa fell away, being bowled out for 132, although Rosie Blain showed some fight making five in her senior debut. This Saturday sees the side take on Howlong at Ball Park.
C Grade had the bye, and this Saturday they take on Belvoir in Wodonga.
The Under 16s are chasing 120 for victory against Wodonga this Saturday in their clash at Ball Park. After losing the toss, Corowa was asked to bowl first with Patrick Blain and Caleb Kuschert making two important early breakthroughs to have Wodonga 2/16.
But Wodonga steadied and then put themselves in a strong position at 2/104 in the 30th over. Will Julian made the all-important breakthrough and with that an avalanche of wickets fell as Corowa was able to bowl Wodonga out for 119.
Gabby Sutcliffe took 3/9 off her six overs, while Blain took 2/9 and Kuschert also took 2/9 as they ran through the lower order.