Winning start Colts’ aim against Beechworth
Ovens Valley to build off first round win
CITY Colts will look to inflict Beechworth with its second consecutive loss to start the season tomorrow when the perennial finalists do battle at the Bill O’Callaghan Oval.
Colts got its season off to the best possible start last week, responding with 7/152 in response to Wangaratta Magpies’ 111.
Beechworth, however, was unable to match Yarrawonga Mulwala’s first innings total of 172 as it was bowled out 30 runs short of victory.
As always, Kent Braden looks the key to the Colts’ chances with the star all rounder dominating with three wickets and a knock of 40 with the bat in round one.
Ollie Willett (48) and Mitch Giggins (29) also had strong showings with the bat while Englishman Tom Jones grabbed three wickets in his debut.
Beechworth has plenty of upside, however, with Kayde Surrey (22), Stuart Pearce (23), skipper Brenton Surrey (23) and Mitch Pearce (19) all getting starts against the Lakers.
Both sides have decent bowling attacks so it appears whichever side puts together a strong 40-over effort with the bat will be in the box seat.
Opposing skippers Braden and Surrey know each other’s games in and out but it is likely to be the battle of the lesser likes that that could determine how the end result goes.
Meanwhile, in the final match of the round, Yarrawonga Mulwala will play host to Benalla Bushrangers.
Both sides are coming off victories in the opening round of the season, however, the Lakers will head into the clash as clear favourites.
Benalla is still finding its feet after some key changes to its side over the season while the Josh Lawrence-led Lakers have already shown they will be tough to beat this season. BREAKING through for its first victory in over a season has certainly boosted the confidence levels at Ovens Valley, however, the Tigers aren’t getting too far ahead of themselves. The Tigers scored somewhat of an upset in the opening round, chasing down Rovers United Bruck’s 5/151 in the final over of the contest. Dylan Bursill was the star with a half century while acting captain Ryan Withers carved an aggressive 49 to guide the side home after it fell into early trouble at 4/34 and then again at 8/124. Ovens Valley senior manager Tom Chettleburgh said it was the perfect start to the season and believes fighting back after a horror start with the bat will only make the side better. “Normally those situations are a bit of a write-off for us,” he said. “But we went into the game with 11 guys who can bat and that probably gave us the edge. “It’s a result we will take a lot of confidence from. “We still needed 80 runs from the last 10 overs so it was a great effort.” But while the Tigers are now one of only four sides with a win under their belts, he said any thoughts on playing finals would be put on ice until the side starts to put some consistent performances together. The round one win also marked the first match of the newly merged entity with Ovens Valley joining forces with Bright over the offseason. The A grade featured a number
MAIN MAN: Ovens Valley skipper Andy Newton returns after missing the opening round. PHOTO: Justin Jenvey of players from Bright last Saturday and Chettleburgh said the inclusions of new teammates had made each grade better. “It’s been really good,” he said. “With a merger I think you need all parties buying in and I think that’s what has happened.“The Bright boys we’ve brought in have had a positive impact – guys want to play in the highest possible grade.“The pressure is there for spots from B grade to A reserve to A grade.”And while English imports Jack Haycock and Michael Speed didn’t have debuts to remember for the Tigers, Chettleburgh said the duo would hit form soon enough and their efforts off-field were just as important.“In the past we have relied on our imports to carry us through the season but we’ve told the guys that’s not the case,” he said.“We just want them to come and enjoy their cricket and play their natural game.“Around the club they have been fantastic and as is the case with a number of other clubs, you get a lot more from the imports than just their contributions on game day.”The Tigers will welcome Delatite to the McNamara Reserve in Myrtleford tomorrow with the Mansfield based side enjoying a bye in round one.Chettleburgh admitted the side didn’t have a great amount of knowledge about Delatite outside of fast bowler Matt Stevenson.“They are basically coming into their round one match,” he said.“It’s a bonus for us to be at home but we don’t know what to expect because you generally don’t hear much from Delatite.“Stevo (Stevenson) would be their main man though.“In one-day games we are happy to chase down scores of 150 with the side we have got now.”