A Grade and B Grade have made it a clean sweep for the Corowa Cricket Club, joining C Grade and Under 16s as premiers in the club’s first season in Cricket Albury Wodonga after rain intervened in both games.
A-Grade bring home premiership glory
The long wait for an A grade cricket premiership to return to Corowa began its final chapter at Bethanga on the weekend.
A fourth meeting against the strong Yackandandah outfit saw another losing toss for Corowa, as captain Daniel Athanitis was made to bowl.
With rain on the forecast, Yack started out briskly as opener Evans used his licence to hit. Matt Ross suffered early as they raced to 24 after 5 overs. Brady Bartlett then produced the false shot and took the skied caught and bowled chance.
The introduction of 16 year old Kaelan Bradtke the produced the next breakthrough and Yack were 2-29. KB produced a great spell of 6 overs, 1-6 including 4 maidens as he bowled with pace and bounce.
The run rate then slowed to a trickle as the Corowa bowlers starting to find their radar. The 45 overs after the initial onslaught produced only 75 runs but Yack had wickets in the shed.
Gun bat Cooper Garoni was looking good as a tight battle unfolded. At 94 Tyler Easton produced one of the season’s highlights.
Dan Athanitis’ medium paced off spin went down leg and in a flash the bails were off. Garoni was gone, leaving the match evenly poised at 4-94. Bailey Glass and young Cam Evans then went about grafting again.
The Corowa attack and fielders fought hard as they continually cut off runs on the lightning quick outfield. Just as the Yackandandah outfit looked likely to cut loose, a wicket would fall and likewise at 7-145 many would have expected Corowa to run through the tail end. Stout resistance and some sensible batting from the skilled tail saw the runs continue to mount. The beautifully prepared wicket really flattened out as the day progressed.
Dan Athanitis’ unbroken spell of 24 overs was huge in containing Yack to the par score of 189. His 3-38 was finals cricket at its best. Brother Mark Athanitis took 2-33, while Ross also took a wicket.
Sunday’s chase would be tough but gettable. The enormity of Corowa’s home win two weeks ago became apparent though as steady rain continued to tumble. A loss in that game would have seen us be the lower ranked finalist.
As the hours dragged on the weather began to clear. When more than 2 hours were lost the task altered again, as we only had to bat out the day without losing all 10 wickets. At 5.30pm Yackandandah conceded they were no chance of getting Corowa all out and the match was ours.
For most it was the first premiership in either cricket or football careers. For long time players like Nathan Rhodes and Jared Lane the joy was overwhelming. The season has seen the re-engagement of players of the calibre of Kade, Matt and Damian Wilson (not brothers).
The continued emergence of Bradtke, Ross and Bartlett and the undoubted class of Matt Grantham highlight the great depth.
The club has also been incredibly fortunate to have high class keeper and bat Tyler Easton land on our doorstep from Durham. Topped off by the hard-nosed leadership of the Athanitis brothers the team did not have a weak link and were deserved premiers.
It’s been a long time between drinks since 2001/02. Some errant finals campaigns in the mid 2000’s gave way to disappointing recent seasons. The turnaround in the playing group is a credit to all involved across all grades.
B-Grade impressive premiers
B Grade were also premiers after their game against Yackandandah was declared a draw after rain intervened.
With a superb wicket and outfield on show at Barranduda’s oval, Corowa’s Scott Wilson won the toss and batted first. Opener Shane Norman looked in good touch early with a couple of boundaries but lost follow opener Lochie Conboy for 5 in the third over to be 1 for 18. Norman continued to score freely and added 30 with Michael Linklater before Linklater went for 4. Norman brought up his fifty before his was dismissed for 52 off 55 balls with the score at 75.
This brought youngsters Jacob Bartlett and Jordan Eyers together, they batted well with great running between wickets on show as the two added 92 before Bartlett was run out for a well-made 52 off 69 balls. Eyers went shortly for 44 off 57 balls to leave Corowa 5 for 177. Corowa lost Greg Burgess and Joe Hansen quickly going for quick runs to be 7 for 180 but Tommy Miegel 16 off 11 balls and Scott Wilson 18 off 8 balls were able to see Corowa finish their 40 overs on 7 for 218.
Showers began during the tea break and when play resumed Yackandandah knew that 25 overs needed to be bowled to make a game and they needed to make higher than 151 off those 25 overs. So they attacked the bowling from the start racing to 0 for 81 off 12 overs when rain arrived.
Play resumed after a short break with Jordan Eyers producing a run out to get the first breakthrough but rain came again with Yackandandah 1 for 93 after 14.5 overs. After another break play resumed but the conditions were hard and when the bat slipped from the batters hand playing a shot and ended up passed the umpire play was called off with Yackandandah at 1 for 107 off 16.5 overs.
This was reward for team that finished 15 points clear on top of the ladder only dropping the one game throughout the season.
The club would like to acknowledge the following sponsors for this season who assisted 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 & Leggo Corowa, Corowa Bakery, Pharmasave, Lawson Grains, BWS, Corowa Tree Care, GenTech Seeds, Bartletts Corowa Gas, Kilara Group Corowa, Origin Clothing, Brian Eales Painting, Corowa Travel Link, Health Culture and Woolworths Corowa as well as the support of the Federation Council.