Corowa’s A Grade side hosted Yackandandah in a semi-final over the weekend at Ball Park in what came down to a nail-biting finish.
Yackandandah won the toss and elected to bat in warm conditions.
Early breakthroughs from Nathan Rhodes saw Corowa in control at 2-9.
Class bat Garoni then started to look ominous as Yackandandah slowly but surely worked its way back into the game.
Rhodes grabbed another but at 3-81 it looked as if Corowa would be chasing a large total.
Some great ground fielding from the young Corowa side saved many runs however, and backed by some tight bowling a great tussle evolved.
Captain Daniel Athanitis turned his hand to spin and the runs dried up.
Wickets at 81, 83 and 95 left Yackandandah 6 for and things were looking good for Corowa.
Yackandandah’s depth came to the fore again however as they ground their way to a very respectable 155 from their full 70 overs.
Nathan Rhodes was the standout, collecting 6-38 from 16.4 overs.
Athanitis bowled well finishing with 2-37 from 17 and Bartlett and Ross also were miserly and collected a wicket each.
Sunday saw another large crowd gather to watch the chase.
Pressure in finals does funny things to people though.
Early wickets went at 5 and things went from bad to worse as our top order capitulated under some great bowling by Walker.
At 5-32 Corowa’s season looked done at dusted.
Captain Athanitis joined Matt Grantham at the crease and they started to build a slow but steady partnership.
At tea Corowa was 5-50 from 40 overs as Dan implored his boys to get behind each other and fight. Each run was gold as they edged their way past 100.
Needing to up the tempo, Athanitis only just failed to nail an on drive and was caught, leaving the Roos 6-104.
Matt Wilson joined Grantham and some great running between wickets took the score to 134.
Matt Ross strode to the wicket in his own unique fashion and immediately looked comfortable.
The unlikely started to look possible.
Grantham was then out with 12 runs to get for a sensational 62, in what must rank as the clubs most important knock for 10 years.
Mark Athanitis and Ross then proceeded to bat sensibly and the target was passed with 5 balls to spare in what was a super nail-biting game of cricket.
Corowa take on Wodonga in next week’s preliminary final at Baranduda 1.
Play is 1pm to 6pm both Saturday and Sunday.
Moved through to the second week of the finals with a big win over Wodonga at Howlong.
Winning the toss captain Scott Wilson batted first but the side lost Lochie Conboy early to be 1 for 8. Shane Norman (39) and Michael Linklater (29) steadied the situation adding 62 runs before Norman went, and when Linklater went in the next over the Roos were 3 for 76.
Jacob Bartlett and Greg Burgess safely saw the side to the drinks break at 3 for 86 at 20 overs.
After the break the pair slowly increased the scoring before Bartlett went for a well-made 29 with the score at 150.
Burgess hit his strap as he smashed 53 runs from his last 19 balls he faced as he amassed a match winning 79 off 62 balls as the score reached 5 for 210 in the second last over.
Burgess got good support from Joe Hansen (26) before a few final over wickets saw the Roos finish its 40 overs at 9 for 220.
In reply Joe Hansen got a perfect start with a wicket fourth ball, but it was from the seventh over that the Roos got really on top.
Another wicket to Hansen, a run out to Will Seymour, wicket to Jacob Bartlett and then another to Hansen saw Wodonga in deep trouble at 5 for 25 in the 11th over.
Wodonga then put the que in the rack and batted out the last 29 overs for the loss of only one more wicket while adding 43 runs to finish its 40 overs at 6 for 68.
Hansen was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 15 off 8 overs.
Corowa take on Mount Beauty in next week’s preliminary final at Ball Park on Saturday.
Is into the C Grade Division 2 grand final after defeating New City in the semi-final clash at Morris Park.
Being asked to bowl first, opening bowlers Billy Raggett and Deaken Clancy made the perfect start getting an early wicket each to have New City 2 for 7 after 4 overs.
New City was able to get the score along to 58 in the 18th over before Mark Wallis collected a wicket. Captain Jake Burdon bowled himself for the first time this season and was able to take three wickets to have New City 6 for 102 in the 29th over.
But some late hitting by New City saw them finish their 35 overs at 6 for 150.
Burdon taking 3 for 29 off his 7 overs while Raggett bowled well for his 1 for 18 off 7 overs.
In reply Corowa made a quick start to the chase reaching 30 in the 5th over before Jake Burdon went for 17.
The runs continued to flow but the Roos lost Liam Carter (8) and Corey Smith (10) to be 3 for 71 in the 13th over.
Billy Raggett was holding up his end and with support from Declan Stewart the Roos never looked like losing as these two got the score to 137 before Stewart went for 38.
Raggett and Riley Carter (17*) got the Roos to victory in the 27th over as the Roos finished on 4 for 155 with Raggett batting well for 43 not out.
Corowa take on North Albury Green in the grand final at Baranduda 2 on Saturday.
With A Grade playing on the ground beside, spectators will be able to watch both games on the Saturday.
Corowa Blue Under 16s are through to the grand final with a 8 wicket victory over New City at Urana Road Oval.
Bowling first on Friday night, the bowlers were on fire early with Darcy Melksham and Luke Backhouse taking 2 wickets each as New City fell to 5 for 34.
New City fought back but the Roos kept at them as they bowled them out for 127 in the 39th over. Melksham finishing with 3 for 21, while Backhouse grabbed 2 for 12.
Lochie Conboy chimed in with 2 for 7 in a good team performance.
In the chase on Saturday morning the Roos were never in trouble as openers Jordan Eyers (33) and Angas McFarland added 77 for the first wicket.
McFarland made a terrific 52 which included 4 boundaries and three sixes before he went with the score at 105.
Melksham (30*) and Conboy (7*) safely saw the side to victory in the 23rd over.
The Roos now take on top of the ladder Wodonga in the grand final, this Saturday and Sunday mornings at Xavier Oval in Albury.
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, 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.