Roos teach Eskdale a les­son

The Free Press (Corowa) - - CLASSIES (03) CLASSIES -

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.

B Grade

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

C Grade had the bye, and this Satur­day they take on Belvoir in Wodonga.

Un­der 16s

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.

Matthew Gran­tham (pic­tured) helped him­self to a fab­u­lous score of 101, steer­ing Corowa to a big win over Eskdale at Ball Park. The win puts A Grade back into the top six af­ter six matches. Pho­tos by Si­mon Ginns.

Mark Athani­tis.

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