Corowa’s A Grade side made the short trip to Howlong on Saturday for the last game of the regular season.
Anything but a win would signal curtains for the young Roos.
Tyler Easton and Damian Wilson started nicely until both were dismissed with the score on 28.
Kade Wilson and Nathan Rhodes then settled as some great running between wickets kept the pressure on the Spiders.
Spud departed for a tidy 15 as Rhodes really started to find his touch.
A quick 19 from Jared Lane took the score to 4-110.
From here it was the “Rhodes show” as he started depositing the bowling to all parts of the ground. Matt Wilson, fresh from O week escapades, batted very well also as the two put on a massive 105 run stand to virtually take the game away from Howlong.
The boys really put their foot down in the search for an early declaration.
Rhodes was finally out for a season defining 113, including 16 fours.
Matt Wilson’s with 33 was helped out by Matt Ross (31) and Mark Athanitis (23) as the Roos raced to 278 from 59 overs before declaring.
With 8 overs at Howlong, Matt Ross got two great breakthroughs to have Howlong listing at 2-24 at stumps.
Let’s hope the Roos can finish the job next week and enter the finals full of confidence.
A great team effort from all but congratulations to Nathan Rhodes on his third century for the club.
B Grade has sealed top spot on the ladder and the double chance in the first week of the finals with a 31-run victory over Howlong at Ball Park.
Winning the toss, Captain Scott Wilson batted first and changed the order around to give some players time at the crease.
Joe Hansen top scored with 33 bating at five, while Wilson spent some time in the middle to compile 30.
Tom Miegel batted well for 20 and along with four other players making into the teens, Corowa was able to make 150 before being bowled out in the 38th over.
After a rain break, Joe Hansen made the perfect start with a wicket first ball.
Michael Linklater collected a wicket and when Hansen got his second in the 5th over, Corowa was well on top at 3 for 5.
Howlong steadied and pushed the score along to 58 before Linklater got his second.
Jacob Bartlett got one in his first over as Howlong fell to 5 for 63.
Howlong pushed along and got to 5 for 91 in the 28th over before Corowa’s spinners changed the game.
Luke Backhouse picked up 3 wickets in three overs and with Wilson collecting a wicket, Howlong fell to 9 for 100.
Wilson picked up the last wicket as Howlong was bowled out for 119 in the 37th over.
Backhouse taking 3 for 20, while Wilson took 2 for 14.
Linklater with 2 for 22 and Hansen 2 for 36 lent great support.
This week sees the team take on Wodonga for the final home and away game at Ball Park.
C Grade game was washed out after the storm that came through on Saturday afternoon, with their game evenly poised against North Albury Green.
North Albury batted first and looked comfortable as they made it to 52 before the first wicket fell. With Dan Osborne (3 for 17) and Jason Raggett (4 for 13) bowling well Corowa ran through the line-up as they bowled out North Albury for 91 in 25 overs.
Corowa started the chase but lost Liam Carter and Billy Raggett early to be 2 for 23.
It got worse for Corowa when Jason Raggett and Jake Burdon went for 19, Corowa was 4 for 38 after 11 overs.
The rain then came and the game ended as a draw.
This week sees the team take on Albury Blue in the last home and away game at Morris Park.
In the Under 16s second placed Corowa Blue is chasing 162 for victory against fourth placed New City, after sending in New City they amassed 8 for 161 off their 40 overs.
Gabby Sutcliffe was the pick of the bowlers taking 3 for 21 off her 6 overs.
Darcy Melksham bowled well taking 1 for 14 off his 6 overs and also with Luke Backhouse with 1 for 12 off 6 overs.
Matt Dutton made two important breakthroughs and finished with 2 for 22 off 5 overs.
Corowa White is chasing 220 after top placed Wodonga amassed 6 for 219 off its 40 overs.
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, Stockdale & Logo Corowa, Corowa Bakery, Pharmasave, Lawson Grains, BWS, Corowa Tree Care, GenTech Seeds, Bartletts Corowa Gas, Kilara Group Corowa, Origin Clothing, Brian Eales Painting, Health Culture and Woolworths Corowa as well as the support of the Federation Council.