Corowa’s A Grade ventured to Baranduda on Saturday and was greeted with fine, sunny weather.
After a comprehensive win against the Rangers earlier in the season a tight contest loomed.
The Roos won the toss and the opening pairing of Kade Wilson and Declan Stewart looked set to get the team away to a good start.
At 2-2 those thoughts were erased.
Nathan Rhodes and UK import Tyler Easton then set about righting the ship.
Nathan and then Jared Lane went relatively cheaply though and at 4-51 the Roos were in trouble. Matt Grantham and Easton then made things look easy as they took the side past three figures, with plenty of batting still in the sheds.
As has become a bad habit though, a steady flow of wickets subdued the run rate in the latter overs and the Roos struggled to get to the final total of 142 from the side’s 40 overs.
Tyler Easton’s 47 was the highlight of the innings, along with Grantham’s 34.
They say you shouldn’t judge a wicket until both sides have batted though.
Some great bowling in the early overs by Brady Bartlett, Mark Athanitis and Nathan Rhodes saw the Rangers in deep trouble at 6-44 and victory seemed assured.
Ex Greta and Wangaratta DCA player of the year Aidan Ryan and captain Vin Moran started to right their ship however.
Slowly but surely they edged their team back into the game until Moran went at 103.
In the tense final overs the match see-sawed until Baranduda passed Corowa’s total on the second last ball.
The loss leaves A Grade in a precarious position on the edge of the six and in desperate need of wins for a side laden with talent.
Let’s hope this week Corowa can overcome Yackandandah and reset its season.
The B Grade side made it win number seven with a four wicket win over Baranduda at Ball Park Oval on Saturday.
Bowling first, Josh Tidd got the Roos off to a good start with two early wickets, and with Joe Hansen bowling well the Roos were after to reduce Baranduda to 4 for 40 after 15 overs.
Baranduda steadied and were looking to put the foot down as they reached 4 for 90 in the 30th over but the introduction of captain Scott Wilson changed the game.
Wilson took four quick wickets as the Roos bowled out Baranduda for 128 with Wilson taking 4 for 19 off 5 overs.
He was well supported by Josh Tidd with 2 for 18, Greg Burgess with 1 for 11 off his 8 overs and Hansen with 1 for 19 off his 8 overs.
In reply, Matt Wilson and Jordan Eyers sent about bringing down total as they gradually increased the run rate adding 68 in 16 overs before Eyers went for a well-made 29.
Damien Wilson made his return to the crease for the club but only made 6 as Corowa went to drinks at 2 for 90.
Will Seymour made 19 as the Roos reached 2 for 105, but when Seymour went the Roos had a mini collapse as they lost Josh Tidd, Tom Miegel and Joe Hansen quickly to fall to 6 for 107.
But with Matt Wilson holding his end up the Roos hit the winning runs in the 36th over.
Wilson batting very well for 56 not out while John Schnelle was 5 not out.
This Saturday sees the side take on third placed Yackandandah at Yackandandah.
C Grade suffered a big loss with its game against Belvoir Blue at Morris Park.
Winning the toss and batting the Roos suffered a huge batting collapse as they fell to 7 for 31 after 12 overs.
Veteran Rick Carter with 30 not out and Bailey Minogue with 15 were the only two to make it to double figures as the Roos were bowled out for 88.
In reply Belvoir attacked the bowling and reached the target after 19 overs.
Tom Norman bowled well to take 3 for 23 off 6 overs as Belvoir finished at 3 for 90.
In the Under 16s Blue have set undefeated Wodonga Prouds 140 to chase next week.
After being sent into bat Blue struggled with only Lochie Conboy (30) batting well as Blue fell to 7 for 67.
But a brilliant 8th wicket unbeaten partnership of 72 by Angas McFarland (37*) and Bailey Minogue (35*) have given the bowlers something to defend this Saturday.
In the other Under 16s game Corowa White are chasing 163 for victory after Wodonga Raiders made 6 for 162 off 40 overs.
Caleb Kushert bowled well for his three wickets while Luke Heagney bowled a great spell of bowling.
The club would like to acknowledge its sponsor for this season who are helping with the move to the new competition, Corowa RSL Club, Hotel Australia, 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.