Roos con­tinue win­ning streak

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

Corowa faced the ever-dan­ger­ous Ded­erang team at home on Satur­day, and a con­gested lad­der meant that a win was vi­tal for both teams.

Win­ning the toss and bat­ting, the Corowa boys started brightly be­fore Jor­dan Ey­ers copped a lifter and was caught be­hind.

Dan Athani­tis and Matt Gran­tham joined forces and they started to lift the tempo. Athani­tis was sav­age on the bowl­ing as he slapped 10 fours and a mas­sive six into the car­a­van park on his way to a bril­liant 73. His dis­missal at 105 saw a mini col­lapse with Nathan Rhodes and Fraser Elliot also de­part­ing in quick suc­ces­sion, leav­ing the in­nings go­ing ei­ther way at 4/108.

Matt Gran­tham held the in­nings to­gether again as he con­tin­ued to mine a rich vein of form. His 64 was the back­bone of the in­nings and solid knocks in the late or­der from Matt (27 not out) and Kade Wil­son (34) saw the boys post an im­pos­ing 216 from their 45 overs.

Kae­lan Bradtke and Joe Hansen opened up and the Ded­erang boys were look­ing to get ahead of the run rate early as they opened the shoul­ders.

Joe made the break­through, up­root­ing the mid­dle stump of Gre­aly be­fore then get­ting the edge of the com­pe­ti­tion’s premier player in An­drew Creamer (eight).

The game was ef­fec­tively over with­out Creamer to hold the in­nings to­gether as Hansen, bowl­ing a great line again, bowled num­ber three Mann.

The in­tro­duc­tion of the Athani­tis broth­ers and Luke Back­house tight­ened the noose as they con­tin­ued to lose bats­men.

All out 139 in the 39th over was a com­pre­hen­sive re­sult for the young Corowa team. The win sees Corowa in fifth po­si­tion and well po­si­tioned with the team start­ing to gather strength.

Scores: Corowa 6/216 (45 overs) – A Dishot 2/37, J Mar­cuzzi 1/25, A Creamer 1/43, LT Deans 1/24 de­feated Ded­erang 139 (39.1 overs) – J Hansen 3/37, K Bradtke 2/37, L Back­house 2/22, M Athani­tis 2/23, D Athani­tis 1/25.

A young B Grade side went to Ded­erang and came away with a 46-run vic­tory.

With eight Un­der 16s play­ers in the side, Corowa was asked to bat first af­ter los­ing the toss.

It was an even bat­ting per­for­mance with every bats­man get­ting to dou­ble fig­ures as Corowa made 7/189 off their 40 overs.

Aaron Phibbs with 39 top scored with his late hit­ting help­ing, while Shane Nor­man (30), Will Sey­mour (28), Jedd Long­mire (19), Ryan Bev­eridge (14), Matthew Bush (13), Luke Heag­ney (11 not out) and Greg Burgess (10) all helped get to the good score.

Gabby Sut­cliffe con­tin­ued her good form tak­ing two early wick­ets to have Ded­erang on the back foot at 2/12.

The young bowl­ing at­tack of Patrick Blain, Patrick Lavis and Luke Heag­ney bowled well hold­ing Ded­erang as Corowa con­tin­ued to take wick­ets, even­tu­ally bowl­ing out Ded­erang in the last over for 143. Sut­cliffe was the star of the at­tack tak­ing 3/8 off eight overs while Blain bowled well for 2/20 off six overs. Ryan Bev­eridge chipped in late with 2/2 off his only over.

This Satur­day sees the side take on Bethanga at Bethanga.

C Grade showed that a week is a long time in cricket with a huge win over Lav­ing­ton Black at Mor­ris Park.

Bowl­ing first, the bowlers were on song from the start as they bowled out Lav­ing­ton for 78 in the 31st over.

Darcy Melk­sham bowled well with the new ball tak­ing 2/15, while later in the in­nings Bai­ley Minogue with 2/8 and Josh Bartlett 2/3 helped bowl Lav­ing­ton out.

In the chase Corowa lost Corey Smith early but with De­clan Ste­wart and Ryan Gale in form, light work was made chasing the to­tal as the game fin­ished in the 13th over when Gale was dis­missed for 39 with Corowa at 2/94.

Ste­wart was bru­tal in the chase mak­ing 53 not out which in­cluded 10 bound­aries.

This Satur­day sees the side take on Wodonga Raiders at Wodonga.

Corowa bats­man Matthew Gran­tham hit 10 bound­aries on his way to 64 runs at Ball Park on the week­end. The Roos’ fourth con­sec­u­tive win puts them com­fort­ably in­side the top six with nine matches re­main­ing be­fore fi­nals. Pho­tos: Si­mon Ginns.

Kae­lan Bradtke.

Kodee Lowe.

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