Week two of the season saw Corowa Cricket Club’s A Grade play perennial power Baranduda at Ball Park on a sunny Saturday.
With midweek rain, the Rangers decided to send the Roos in on what looked a green track and slow outfield after sand topdressing.
A cautious start after the loss of Eyers on seven, gradually built momentum as Michael Linklater and Nathan Rhodes consolidated.
The loss of Linky at 50, Raggett at 66 and Mark Athanitis left the Roos vulnerable at 4-69.
In something akin to the second coming though, ex-captain Jared Lane strode to the wicket.
Lane and Rhodes then proceeded to take the game away from the Rangers in a great display of batting.
The pair added 132 in quick time until Lane departed for an explosive 76, including seven fantastic fours and two monstrous sixes.
Nathan ended not out for a special 82.
The final total of 206 was huge given the slow outfield.
The return of Lane adds great experience and another dimension for the strong Roos outfit.
Baranduda’s chase began badly when young gun Brady Bartlett, fresh from last week’s hat-trick, grabbed two early wickets.
Mathew Ross removed the other opener and Kaelen Bradtke skittled their number five, to have the opposition reeling at 4-27.
A steady flow of wickets from the young attack reduced the Rangers to 8-73 before finally dismissing the last man on 108.
Eight bowlers were again used in a great show of depth for the young Roos.
Next week sees Corowa travel to Yackandandah in another test for the young Roos.
A great start to the season hopefully continues.
B Grade has made it two wins in a row with a hard fought four wicket victory over Baranduda at Baranduda.
After losing the toss the Roos were asked to bowl first and Greg Burgess got a great start, collecting a wicket in his second over.
But after that it was hard work for the bowlers on the flat wicket with wickets hard to come by.
Lochie Conboy bowled tightly with only 12 runs coming off his six overs while Declan Stewart and Jordan Wilson were tight as well as Baranduda made it to 20 overs at 1 for 68.
Luke Backhouse came on and bowled a great spell of tight bowling going for only 23 off 8 overs with John Schnelle reaping the benefits taking two wickets to capture 2 for 19 off his four overs.
Burgess returned to take another two wickets to finish with 3 for 25 off his eight overs as Baranduda finished its 40 overs at 5 for 137.
In reply, the Roos made a positive start with Shane Norman and Lochie Conboy putting on 34 in eight overs before Norman went for 22.
Declan Stewart joined Conboy and these two added 43 before Stewart went for 18 to leave the Roos well placed at 2 for 77 in the 22nd over.
The Roos lost Tom Miegel for three, but at 3 for 114 after 32 overs the Roos looked on track for a comfortable win.
When Conboy’s fine innings of 47 came to an end and then Burgess (14) went shortly after the Roos fell to 5 for 118 and panic looked like setting in when Will Chandler (7) was out at 6 for 124 with four overs to go.
But Scott Wilson (11*) and Luke Backhouse (68) safely saw the Roos to victory with two balls to spare as the Roos finished at 6 for 139.
This Saturday sees the side take on Yackandandah at Ball Park.
A young C Grade side went down by nine runs in a high scoring game against New City at Morris Park.
Sending New City into bat the Roos struggled to contain the batsmen as New City amassed 2 for 171 off their 35 overs.
Deaklan Clancy bowled well going in for only 17 off his seven overs while veteran Mark Wallis took 1 for 23 off his seven overs, but the other bowlers struggled.
In reply, the Roos gave a great chase with youngster Darcy Melksham the star as he smashed 84 runs which included eight boundaries and a six, while Liam Carter (21), Will Seymour (19*) and Tom Norman (16) all lent support but the Roos just fell short finishing their 35 overs at 6 for 162.
This Saturday sees the side take on North Albury Gold at Thurgoona Football Oval.
The Club would like to acknowledge sponsors for this season that are helping with the move to the new competition, Corowa RSL Club, David Lane Builder, Corowa Home Improvements, John Rhodes Bricklaying, Sportspower Corowa, Davidson White, Potts and Schnelle, Meat on the Murray, Corowa Bakery, Pharmasave, Lawson Grains, BWS, Corowa Tree Care, GenTech Seeds, Kilara Group Corowa and Woolworths Corowa as well as the support of the Federation Council.