Corowa’s A grade hosted battling Bethanga at Ball Park on Saturday.
Again, threatening skies saw the Roos inserted after losing the toss.
Rutherglen duo Declan Stewart and Matt Grantham opened and early disaster struck with Dec (0) run out after almost completing two full runs.
English import Tyler Easton strode to the wicket and progressed nicely until Grantham went for 9. Tyler went for a good looking 14 and then Lane and Dan Athanitis set about righting the ship. Athanitis scored a vital 52 and Lane 19 and things were looking up.
Kade Wilson made his long awaited return to the A grade fold and along with some very handy lower order contributions from Linklater (21), Mark Athanitis (13) and Kaelan Bradtke (15), they took the Roos to the imposing score of 177 at the end of the 40 overs.
Years gone by might have seen the boys collapse but some great depth this year a winnable total was posted.
In reply, some wayward early bowling saw Bethanga skip to 1-50 in quick time.
With rain looking like it would intervene, a monumental collapse then ensued.
As was the case last week, 15-year-old off spinner Luke Backhouse caused havoc.
He (3-16) and Mark Athanitis (2-10) ripped through the middle order as the visitors lost 9-16 to be all out for 66 in 21 overs.
The boys were well supported by KB Bradtke and Dan Athanitis.
The win leaves the boys in fourth position and ready to launch a finals assault.
B Grade continued on its winning way with a 7 wicket victory over Bethanga at Bethanga.
Winning the toss the Roos elected to bowl first, but although the bowling was tight, Roos couldn’t get a breakthrough until the 16th over when Greg Burgess was rewarded for his good bowling.
Some dropped chances didn’t help the Roos as Bethanga batted steady to 67 in the 27th over before Lochie Conboy got his first wicket.
Bethanga lifted the run rate but the Roos were able to collect a few more wickets as Bethanga finished their 40 overs at 8 for 125.
Burgess was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 9 off 8 overs while Conboy bowled well for 2 for 15 off 5 overs.
Joe Hansen collected a wicket in his return to cricket while John Schnelle and Jacob Bartlett also got a wicket each.
In reply Jordan Eyers was on fire early racing to 18 after 3 overs.
Eyers and Conboy batted very well to get the Roos on the road to victory adding 79 in 15 overs before Conboy went for 31 which included his only second ever six.
Eyers was out 2 overs later for a very well made 47.
Bartlett and Burgess quickly added 25 before Burgess went for 16 leaving Luke Heagney 5* and Bartlett 21* to get Corowa victory in the 22nd over as the Roos finished at 3 for 131.
This week sees the trek to Eskdale to take on the second placed team.
The C Grade boys came up against another new outfit in Albury Blue at Albury High School.
After losing the toss and bowling first Albury got off to a solid start before Mak Lavis claimed the first breakthrough at 56.
Albury Blue continued to keep the runs ticking over before Corowa claimed a couple of quick wickets, including one from the man himself ‘The Veteran’ Rick Carter turning back the clock.
Carter continues to prove age is just a number, even rolling the arm over this week to gain a valuable wicket putting the opposition on the back foot.
Albury Blue would then be restricted to make a respectable 8/180 after 35 overs.
Pick of the bowlers were Mak Lavis 2/26 from 7, Bailey Minogue continued his fine bowling form picking up 2/18, as well as Jake Beveridge collecting 2/23.
Billy Raggett and Liam McDonell opened with the bat to get Corowa off to a flying start with Billy picking up where he left off last week.
He batted superbly and would go on to produce an opening partnership of 113 before McDonell was caught going big again.
His quick fire 50 with 42 of his runs coming from boundaries.
Liam Carter joined Raggett who was batting phenomenally.
After giving the opposition a couple of chances, he made them pay by belting 17 boundaries including four 6’s.
Consecutive tons from Raggett, with Billy finishing on 113 not out to record a staggering 300 runs from three games.
The knock proving why he is one of the best batsman in the division.
Liam Carter finished on 5 not out with total reached in just 22 overs.
Corowa now sits second on the ladder and with a couple of premiership players from last year set to return after Christmas.
Corowa is sitting in prime position to play finals cricket again which would be a great achievement after winning the last two consecutive grand finals.
Next week Corowa takes on Baranduda.
Once again a big thank you to the juniors for backing up each week.
In the Under 16s Blue are chasing 149 for victory after East Albury made 4 for 148 on Alexandra Park in Albury.
It was hard going for the bowlers on a very flat wicket with Luke Backhouse 2 for 15 off 8 overs and Bailey Minogue 1 for 11 off 6 overs doing well to restrict them to a gettable total.
In the other Under 16s game Corowa White made 104 in its game against St Patricks at Ball Park. Being sent in, White through Luke Heagney (33) and Blayre Smith (17) were able to make a score over 100.
With 9 overs to bowl, Brayden McLean was able to get a wicket as St Patricks finished at 1 for 16.
The club would like to acknowledge our sponsor 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 & Schnelle, Meat on the Murray, Corowa Bakery, Pharmasave, Lawson Grains, BWS, Corowa Tree Care, GenTech Seeds, Bartletts Corowa Gas, Kilara Group Corowa and Woolworths Corowa, as well as the support of the Federation Council.