Roos ramp­ing up

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Corowa has con­tin­ued its resur­gence up the Dis­trict First Grade lad­der af­ter ac­count­ing for bot­tom-placed Bethanga by 115 runs at Ball Park on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 8.

The re­sult means the Roos have now col­lected 30 of a pos­si­ble 30 points in their past five matches.

Again win­ning the toss and bat­ting, Dan Athani­tis and Jor­dan Ey­ers opened pro­ceed­ings be­fore Athani­tis went for 16. ‘Jordo’ and Matt Gran­tham stead­ied the ship and set­tled into a match-defin­ing stand.

Af­ter a slug­gish start to the sea­son, Ey­ers set­tled into a rhythm that augers well for the fu­ture of the club. Gran­tham went for an­other well-made 32 be­fore Nathan Rhodes and Fraser El­liot de­parted, leav­ing Corowa at 4/126.

Kade Wil­son (39) and then Matt Wil­son (20 not out) took con­trol again with Ey­ers play­ing the sheet an­chor role in both part­ner­ships.

Corowa fin­ished 5/226 from 45 overs. Ey­ers re­mained not out on 86 in a great knock.

With gun quick Kae­lan Bradtke out in­jured, Joe Hansen (2/5) and Mark Athani­tis opened up and put the brakes on any at­tempt to over­haul the big to­tal.

Athani­tis (2/17) made the ini­tial break­throughs as Bethanga at­tempted to at least see out their overs.

Matt Gran­tham (1/6) took his chance with the ball, as did Gabby Sut­cliffe (2/11).

Bethanga went from 2/67 to 9/111 from all 45 overs. All bowlers bowled well and put pres­sure on the bats in a com­pre­hen­sive win.

The Roos now sit fourth on the lad­der but face the tough­est of asks as they travel to take on top team Baran­duda – who have lost just one match this sea­son – this week­end.

Scores: Corowa 5/226 (45 overs) – KJ Jahne 2/36, B Sirl 1/48, T Baker 1/42, T Hen­der­son 1/11 de­feated Bethanga 9/111 (45 overs) – J Hansen 2/5, M Athani­tis 2/19, G Sut­cliffe 2/11, M Gran­tham 1/6, L Back­house 1/20, D Athani­tis 1/17.

Scott Wil­son was the star of the show as B Grade had a 75-run vic­tory over Bethanga at Bethanga.

Los­ing the toss, Corowa was asked to bat first on a flat track and fast out­field. But the Corowa bat­ters failed to take ad­van­tage of the sit­u­a­tion as they slumped to 6/94 by the 21st over.

Scott Wil­son was bat­ting well and found a part­ner in Greg Burgess as they added 48 runs be­fore Wil­son’s bril­liant in­nings of 70, which in­cluded eight bound­aries and two sixes, came to an end.

A ma­ture in­nings by Luke Heag­ney helped add 57 with Burgess be­fore Burgess went for 31. Heag­ney ended up on 37 not out as Corowa was bowled out in the 38th over for 215.

Young­ster Matthew Bush opened bowl­ing along­side leg spin­ner Luke Heag­ney with Heag­ney grab­bing two early wick­ets to have Bethanga on the back foot.

But Bethanga fought back to reach 3/86 be­fore Scott Wil­son got Corowa well on top.

With four quick wick­ets and one to Greg Burgess it re­duced Bethanga to eight/106 and as­sured vic­tory for Corowa as Bethanga bat­ted out their 40 overs to make 9/140.

Wil­son took 4/33 off seven overs while Heag­ney took 2/23 off his eight overs.

This Satur­day sees the side take on top of the lad­der Baran­duda at Ball Park.

C Grade re­turned to their dis­as­ter ground, Emer­ald Oval, and showed re­demp­tion as they de­feated Wodonga Raiders by five wick­ets.

Bowl­ing first, the Corowa bowlers stuck to the task in the hot weather as they bowled out the Raiders in the 39th over for 142.

De­clan Ste­wart was very good tak­ing 2/17 off eight overs, while Mark Wal­lis with 2/27 and Bai­ley Minogue 2/31 also bowled well for Corowa.

In the run-chase Corey Smith gave Corowa a quick start smash­ing 64 runs which in­cluded eight bound­aries and three sixes. And with the help of Darcy Melk­sham with 36 not out, Corowa was able to pass the score in the 27th overs with the loss of five wick­ets.

This Satur­day sees the side take on East Al­bury at Mor­ris Park.

Caleb Kuschert has led the Un­der 16s to an amaz­ing vic­tory over Wodonga Raiders at Ball Park.

With Corowa chas­ing 164 for vic­tory, the day started badly as Corowa lost three early wick­ets to be 3/6 in the 5th over. Luke Heag­ney (57) and Ryan Bev­eridge (50) led a re­cov­ery mis­sion and got Corowa to 112 in 27th over be­fore Heag­ney went.

Bev­eridge went shortly af­ter but Gabby Sut­cliffe with 17 helped keep Corowa close. When the eighth fell for 150 there was only eight balls left with Corowa need­ing 14 runs.

Num­ber 10 Kuschert hit two runs each off the last two balls of the sec­ond last over leav­ing 10 needed off the last over.

A di­rect hit from the bound­ary with the team go­ing for the third run on the sec­ond ball left the team need­ing eight runs off four balls. The next two balls weren’t scored off leav­ing eight runs off two balls. Kuschert had no wor­ries and he hit a six then a four to give the side vic­tory as they fin­ished on 9/166.

In the Un­der 14s, Corowa Blue had a 26-run vic­tory over Belvoir in their one-day game at Mor­ris Park. Bat­ting first, Blue was able to amass 3/120 off their 20 overs. Rosie Blain with 33 not out and Blake Lewis 30 not out stared while Taj Smith pro­vided great sup­port with 17 not out.

In re­ply, Blue was able to re­strict Belvoir to 4/94 off their 20 overs. Taj Smith bowled well to take 2/9 while Ja­cob Fuge was good with 1/5.

Mean­while, Corowa White had a bad day with the bat be­ing bowled out for 51, with only Justin Lewis with 18 not out mak­ing it over eight runs.

In re­ply Wodonga Raiders only lost four wick­ets as they fin­ished at 4/69 off 13 overs with Ned Har­vey tak­ing 2/15.

In the Un­der 12s, Corowa Black had the edge with over East Al­bury at the High School.

Bowl­ing first they bowled out East Al­bury for 54 with the wick­ets share around as Oliver Collins, Jax­son Bol­ger, Poppy Collins, Toby Han­ra­han, Rustyn Collins, Joe Lavis and Ni­amh Lavis all got a wicket each. In re­ply, Black has all the an­swers and they made 4/91 with Tex Long­mire top scor­ing with 30 not out, while Jax­son Bol­ger 21 not out and Archie Beford 16 not out also did well.

Blue went down in their clash with St Pa­tricks White. St Pats bat­ted first and amassed 3/104 off 20 overs, with wick­ets go­ing to Tyler Ab­ley, Leroy Ch­ester and Noah McSweeney.

In re­ply, Blue could only man­age 82 be­fore be­ing bowled out. Jor­dan Al­lan with 23 not out bat­ted re­ally well and he was sup­port by Tyler Ab­ley with 12.

The Un­der 15s girls had a big win over North Al­bury in their game last Wed­nes­day.

In their best bat­ting per­for­mance of the sea­son so far the girls amassed 1/186 off their 20 overs. Older girls Re­becca Car­roll with 31 not out and Rosie Blain 30 not out lead the way while young­sters Clodagh Blain 20 not out, Ni­amh Lavis 17 not out and Lydia RossAn­der­son 17 were also in the runs.

In re­ply the girls bowled re­ally well to re­strict North Al­bury to 4/61 with the wick­ets go­ing to Re­becca Car­roll 1/6, Bonnie Nor­man 1/7 and Dakota Con­nell 1/9.

The club is hold­ing a Christ­mas party this Satur­day, De­cem­ber 15 at Ball Park Oval from 6pm. This is open to all our play­ers, par­ents, sup­port­ers and spon­sors from the Un­der 12s, 14s and 16’s, our Un­der 15 fe­male side as well as our three se­nior teams. A meal and drinks will be avail­able and a jump­ing cas­tle for the kids.

The club would like to ac­knowl­edge its spon­sors for this sea­son: Corowa RSL Club, Ho­tel Aus­tralia, David Lane Builder, Corowa Home Im­prove­ments, John Rhodes Brick­lay­ing, Sport­spower Corowa, David­son White, Dunns Twin City Cranes, Ki­lara Group Corowa, A and A Auto, Corowa Fur­nish­ings and Floors/Corowa Betta Home Liv­ing, Ri­valea, Meat on the Mur­ray, Stock­dale and Logo Corowa, Corowa Bak­ery, Phar­masave, Law­son Grains, BWS, Potts and Sch­nelle, Corowa Tree Care, GenTech Seeds, Bartletts Corowa Gas, Ori­gin Cloth­ing, Brian Eales Paint­ing, Health Cul­ture and Wool­worths Corowa as well as the sup­port of the Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil.

Corowa bowler Joe Hansen was hit for just five runs on the week­end against Bethanga. His seven overs con­sisted of three maid­ens and two wick­ets.

Corowa’s Kade Wil­son fol­lowed on from his 34 runs last week with an­other solid score of 39 against Bethanga, in­clud­ing four bound­aries.

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