Corowa’s A Grade hosted Yackandandah at Ball Park on a very warm and sunny Saturday.
With each team on the same points, a win would be vital to the chances of both clubs as we get to the business end of the season.
Corowa won the toss and batted on a belting wicket.
Rejuvenated after a two-year break, Damian Wilson came into the side and opened with UK import Tyler Easton.
A match defining 80 run stand was the result as the extra pace was to Tyler’s liking in particular.
He laced the boundary continually with 10 boundaries coming in his sparkling 68.
Damian (22) took a while to find his groove but wickets in hand are king come the latter overs. Captain Dan Athanitis chimed in with a nice 33 and Matt Grantham 17, as the young Roos made its way to an imposing 170 from its 40 overs.
The batting performance was particularly pleasing, with the bowling contingent holding their end of the bargain most of the year.
As has been the case all year, Brady Bartlett started well again.
Mark Athanitis from the other end has also been a revelation as the Roos pinned the Yackandandah batting down with some great length bowling.
A steady flow of wickets ensured Yackandandah was always behind the required run rate.
The match started to swing however in the middle overs as young guns Cooper and Hudson Garoni started to look dangerous.
Some sensational keeping up to the stumps from the medium pacers from Tyler Easton proved vital however just as Yackandandah looked to up the tempo.
Youngster Luke Backhouse chimed in with two wickets and Kaelan Bradtke with one as Corowa kept its nose in front.
With 36 to make from the final three overs, Athanitis turned to Nathan Rhodes’ experience and Brady Bartlett.
A six with 17 balls left threw the cat amongst the pigeons but in a great team win the boys closed out the game with Yackandandah 10 runs short.
The win sets Corowa’s season up now as the Roos sit in fourth position.
A brilliant performance from Joe Hansen has enabled B Grade to continue its unbeaten streak with a 56-run victory against third placed Yackandandah at Yackandandah.
Winning the toss and batting, Corowa got to 21 before it lost Shane Norman (13) and when Jordan Eyers (9) went in the 8th over Corowa was 2 for 26.
Michael Linklater and Will Seymour steadied the situation and got the score to 52 before Seymour went for 7.
Linklater and Tom Miegel looked comfortable as they scored freely getting the score to 99 in the 23rd over before disaster struck for Corowa.
Firstly, Linklater went for a very well made 40 and then two balls later Miegel went for 20.
This brought Scott Wilson and Joe Hansen to the crease.
These two batted very well, hitting the loose ball for four as well as picking up quick singles as they pushed the score along.
They added 93 before Wilson went for an energy sapping 38.
Hansen continued to attack the bowling as Corowa finished its 40 overs at 6 for 217.
Hansen making a match winning 64 not out while Luke Heagney was 10 not out.
In reply Hansen’s good game continued as he made an early breakthrough and when Linklater got a wicket second ball, Corowa had Yackandandah 2 for 21.
The pressure continued to mount with tight bowling and Gabby Sutcliffe was rewarded with a wicket and when she backed up two overs later, Corowa was well on top with Yackandandah 4 for 58.
John Schnelle got the next breakthrough with Sutcliffe taking a great catch then Hansen took a brilliant catch to dismiss dangerman Murthi off Luke Heagney to have Corowa well on top.
Wickets to Schnelle and Heagney had Yackandandah at 8 for 114 in the 29th over and the game looked over.
But the number ten for Yackandandah had other ideas and got the score to 149 before Linklater got the important breakthrough.
Schnelle finished the game off with his third wicket as Yackandandah were bowled out for 161. Schnelle finished with 3 for 28, while Heagney took 2 for 31.
Sutcliffe bowled great lines to finished with 2 for 18 off her 6 overs while Linklater 2 for 25 off 8 overs and Hansen 1 for 24 off 8 were important in the victory.
C Grade went down to ladder leaders Albury White by 34 runs in its clash at Albury High.
Bowling first Corowa got an early breakthrough through Ryan Eyers, but after that Albury batters attacked the Corowa bowling as the team raced to 2 for 130.
But through Mark Wallis 3 for 24, Bailey Minogue 2 for 14 and Jacob Carter 2 for 5 the Roos were able to pull back Albury and were able to bowl them out in the 29th over for 177.
In reply father and son, Dave and Darcy Melksham, opened the batting but the Roos lost Darcy early for 5.
Billy Raggett’s brilliant season continued as he attacked the bowling and added 36 with Dave before he went for 6.
Raggett continued to attack as he hit 9 boundaries and 5 sixes before he went for 78 to leave the Roos 4 for 101.
The Roos struggled after his dismissal with only Jacob Carter (10) and Bailey Minogue (10) making it to double figures as the Roos were bowled out for 143.
In the Under 16s Blue went down to Wodonga Prouds.
After making 8 for 139 last week, Blue needed wickets, but the team came up against a very good batting line-up as Wodonga made 3 for 183 off its 40 overs.
Gabby Sutcliffe 1 for 11 off 6 overs bowled very well while Jack Downing collected a wicket.
Darcy Melksham bowled well as well taking 0 for 13 off his 6 overs.
In the other Under 16s game Corowa White went down by 70 runs in the side’s chase of 162.
Tom Weaver (33) and Patrick Blain (19) set a good platform but the team fell away losing 6 for 13 at the end of the innings to be all out for 92.
The club goes into a Christmas Break now, with A, B and C Grade all starting back on January 13.
The club would like to acknowledge its sponsors for this season that 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.