Round three saw Corowa Cricket Club travel to Yackandandah on Saturday, with rain on and off all day.
Some changes to last week’s winning combination saw 14-year-old Luke Heagney come in for Jarred Lane.
Winning the toss, Corowa sent Yackandandah into bat.
They were in early trouble at 3-43 and some good early bowling from Nathan Rhodes (4-28) and Kaelan Bradtke (2-23) had the home team on the back foot.
Solid mid innings contribution from the experienced Walker (43) held the Yackandandah boys together as they reached 151.
Rain affected the game with teams coming off numerous times as the Corowa side really struggled in the early overs.
At 6-36 embarrassment was looming.
Anyone who has played cricket knows the horrible feeling of the team when a collapse is happening and it took some experience in captain Dan Athanitis to turn the ship around with a well-made 45.
Four boundaries and two big sixes highlighted the innings and the Roos were not without hope until Dan was dismissed.
KB then batted really well at number eight with a not out 26 but the ship had sailed for the Roos.
All out for 104 in the 29th over in a loss that may do more good than harm.
Next week sees A grade take on reigning premier Mt Beauty at Ball Park.
Get down and support the boys. Races are on the television and $4 beers await.
An overcast start to the B grade game on Saturday and a full day’s play wasn’t guaranteed with rain imminent.
Corowa was off to a great start with Greg Burgess dismissing one of Yackandandah’s opening batsmen, playing at a ball outside off stump and playing it on.
The Corowa boys were playing well but without luck, catching chances weren’t taken and run outs were missed or not given out when they could have gone either way.
The odds were against Corowa when Yackandandah produced a man mountain who was punishing the local bowling with perfect timing and power to get his score to 70 before he was dismissed.
With his dismissal the Corowa team got themselves up and about, some fine tight bowling from then on and very good catching from gun recruit Dan Schnelle, who would produce the goods later with the bat also, and a very good caught and bowled from Luke Backhouse assured the target of 157 was gettable.
Luke Backhouse finished with 4 for 12 from his 8 out overs, a good effort from Luke, Will Chandler 2 for 33 and playing with the enthusiasm of a 15-year-old Matt Wilson 2 for 46.
Greg Burgess was tight again taking 2 for 6 off his 7 overs.
After a short rain delay Corowa started the chase well with Shane Norman and Matt Wilson starting solidly before Shane was bowled by a fine delivery.
All batsmen got off to a start and after 20 overs it looked as though Corowa would get the runs comfortably.
A steady flow of wickets was a problem after the break and while there were plenty of overs to get the runs.
When John Schnelle was controversially given out LBW the players looking on were getting a little nervous, none more so than the number 11 batsman.
But in strode Dan at number 10 to join Rod Gulliver at the crease, Dan and Rod knew the game was up to them to win and they did so with control and sensible batting; number 11 wasn’t required, everybody in the team was relieved.
Luke capped off his bowling with a fine 23 with the bat, Greg Burges batted well for 22, Scott Wilson 20 (this included his first six in memory) Tom Miegel and Will Chandler both scored 17.
B grade has had a great start to the year winning their first three games, well done to all involved. This week is the big trip to Mount Beauty.
The C grade boys (along with up and coming superstar Gabby Sutcliffe) were travelling into the unknown at Thurgoona with a very young side to take on North Albury Gold.
Rick 'the veteran' Carter won the toss and decided to bat first.
Liam Carter and Angas McFarland opened the batting before losing an early wicket in McFarland for 10.
Enter Darcy Melksham - who has taken his game to another level this year.
After almost cracking the ton in the first game of the season it was not going to stop the young gun from going one better in a brilliant display of batting to finish with a very impressive 112 not out, including 14 boundaries.
Consistent, level headed Liam Carter put in a stellar performance including six boundaries leaving the crease on 72 as the pair put on a massive 182 run partnership.
Matt Dutton finished on 1* to put on a total tally of 2/208 after 35 overs.
Danny Osborne with his first game back for the season showed he still has it, taking an early wicket to finish with figures of 2/7 from seven overs, including four maidens.
Deaken Clancy was causing havoc at the other end, tearing through the top order to finish with figures of 3/16.
Gabby Sutcliffe at first change bowled a very tight spell of five overs for two runs, including three maidens.
The club has high expectations for Gabby going forward with her cricket and it is great to see her progress.
With tight bowling and great fielding North Albury Gold were restricted to 7/107 from their 35 overs. A great team effort from the boys and girl.
A big thank you to everyone constantly putting their hand up to help fill a side every week.
The entire club appreciates everyone’s effort.
Next week C grade is back at home (Morris Park) taking on Belvoir Gold.
The Under 16s started this week with the two Corowa sides playing each other in a one day game with Blues having a win over White.
Batting first the Blues amassed 2 for 125 off their 20 overs, with Jordan Eyers playing well with 55 retired while Will Chandler made 43 not out.
The best of the bowlers for White was Brayden McLean who took 0 for 16 off four overs.
In reply White could only manage 55 when they were bowled out in the 18th over.
Alex Lavis was the only batter to make it to double figures with 11, while Bailey Minogue took 2 for 6 for the Blues.
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.