With the Christmas break over, A Grade hosted top placed Lavington at Ball Park on Saturday in the first two-day game of the year.
A very well grassed wicket saw the Roos inserted to bat in perfect conditions.
The loss of Damian Wilson and Nathan Rhodes in quick succession left that sinking feeling that the season might slip away before our eyes.
Tyler Easton and Kade Wilson however then set about restoring the innings with vital knocks.
Tyler’s class was there for all to see as he worked his way to another half century.
He unluckily ran a ball to third man from ex Corowa player Matt Heagney, straight into the hands of first slip to make the Roos 3-82.
Spud’s patient 43 was vital and it is great to see the star junior back playing good cricket.
Jared Lane batted well for 18, as did the unlucky Mark Athanitis (14) who was run out after a direct hit.
The latter order was held together by Matt Wilson, also returning to the fold after some absence. His driving and cutting was a delight as he worked the ball around the slow outfield.
His 46 not out along with Matt Ross’ cameo 16 saw the Roos finish on 207 from the allotted 70 overs.
The more than par score should allow the strong Corowa attack to defend the total next week.
A solid team performance from B Grade continued its unbeaten run with a tight 2 run victory against St Patricks on the turf at Xavier High.
With unavailability from a host of regulars, a mixed age team appeared in the 40 over fixture.
Winning the toss and batting on an up and down track, Corowa started brightly before it lost Will Seymour (14) and Michael Linklater (15) at 42.
Seymour’s cricket continues to improve and it is great to see the depth the club is developing.
The same could be said for Luke Backhouse before he missed a straight one after a long week of junior country week.
This brought the experienced Tom Miegel and club legend Greg Burgess together at the crease. Their 60 run stand was the difference as they pounded the Paddies bowlers to all parts of the slow outfield.
Tom departed for a well-made 33, and this brought yoga guru and captain Scott Wilson to the crease.
After a long two days chasing players, Scott batted with aggression as Corowa continued to frustrate the St Pats attack.
When Burge left on 144, 12-year-old Patrick Lavis joined the 49-year-old Wilson.
Some quick singles for Wilson before a slog to leg ended the knock on 21.
John Schnelle then batted sensibly as they continued to knock the ball around.
“Experienced” players John Backhouse and Paul Schnelle were champing at the bit in the sheds, but the Roos got to 179 from their 40.
Lavis finished with a well compiled 13 not out.
Lavis then opened up with the economical Schnelle.
Inherited no ball issues plagued Lavis before Micheal Linklater made the initial breakthrough on 30. Wickets at 59, 73 and then 109 never really let the Paddies boys get near the required run rate however.
Burgess, John Schnelle, Backhouse and Linky bowled well throughout.
With 17 required from the last over the match appeared won.
A six off the first ball woke the boys up but Captain Wilson iced the game, only allowing 15 from the over to leave Roos still unbeaten.
A great effort considering the absence of many players.
In the first game back after the Christmas break C Grade travelled to play Lavington in windy conditions and went on to lose the toss and Lavington selecting to bat.
McDonell and Melksham opened the bowling and from ball one put Lavington on the back foot with some very tight bowling spells.
Tommy Norman came on and took an early wicket, then not long after at the other end Wallis took his first of the day to have Lavington 2/32 at drinks.
Lavington came out looking to make runs and started to look dangerous before Liam Carter took a valuable wicket to break the big hitting partnership.
Carter would go on to take another finishing with 2/44, Corey Smith in his first game back for the season took one of his own as did Jase Raggett both giving away nothing to leave Lavington finishing on a respectable 5/136 after 35 overs considering how slow the outfield was.
Corowa took to the crease with Smith and Billy Raggett opening and wasted no time.
Billy picking up where he left from before the Christmas break and looked unstoppable again, consistently finding the gaps all around the ground and finding the boundary seven times including two 6’s.
Smith shook off the cobwebs after a couple of overs and didn’t take long for the cobwebs to disappear as the slow outfield didn’t bother him he chose to go over it five times all clearing the fence well and truly and added a couple of 4’s before getting caught by a fluke of a catch on 52.
Raggett then departed shortly after to also finish on 52 and now sits on 435 runs with an average of 108.75.
Melksham went on to make 20 before going out as the game was just about won with Corowa beating the score finishing on 4/137 only taking 21 overs.
It was a great team effort and good win for Corowa to now hold third spot on the ladder, with the goal to finish in the top two.
Thanks to all those who filled in over the weekend due to shortage of players, Corowa Cricket Club is very appreciative.
Next week Corowa is back at home to take on equal 4th, St Patricks.
The club would like to acknowledge its sponsor for this season that is 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.