Roos ramping up
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.