Corowa came excruciatingly close to knocking off top of the table Yackandandah at Ball Park on Saturday, coming up just short 10 runs short of a win.
Yackandandah won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first on a good looking wicket at Ball Park. Things started slowly for the home team, failing to get an early breakthrough they were searching for.
Youngster Patty Lavis (2 for 7) again bowled well picking up both openers. Through the middle overs Corowa bowled well and in particular fielded well to limit the runs. Kaelan Bradtke (3 for 26) was the pick of the bowlers with his pace, showing why he was selected in the rep game.
Poor bowling at the back end of the innings let Yackandandah get to a competitive score of 6 for 175 off their 40 overs.
Corowa’s run chase started well with openers Lowe and Eyers getting the score to 52 before wickets started falling in clumps which is becoming a regular occurrence for the home side. Jarred lane (30) showed good fight through the middle part of the run chase. Dan Athanitis (36) and Kaelan Bradtke (30) had a much needed partnership and Corowa looked to be cruising to victory at 6 for 160 with 5 overs left. Then disaster struck and the home side lost 4 wickets for 5 runs to be bowled out 10 runs short for 165. The boys will walk away very disappointed and think that it was probably one that slipped away.
Next week the A Grade boys will have to pick themselves up for another tough game away against Howlong.
With a Jeremy Carr century, B Grade had a big 172 run victory over Yackandandah at Yackandandah. Winning the toss and batting, Corowa made a good start with Ryan Beveridge and Carr adding 69 before Beveridge went in over 16 for 24 runs.
Luke Heagney continued his good form as he and Carr added 107 in 15 overs with Heagney going for 64. Will Seymour joined Carr for the last 9 overs and the two took the total to 247 with Carr reaching his century in the second last over.
Carr finished on 106 not out, his innings included 12 boundaries and 2 sixes while Seymour finished on 27 not out.
In reply Yackandandah were never in the contest as they battled their way to 75 off 35.1 overs. Aaron Phibbs was terrific again taking 3 for 10 off his 8 overs, while Luke Heagney took 2 for 5 and youngster Jay Lavis took 2 for 13 in an even bowling performance.
The side takes on second placed Howlong at Ball Park this Saturday.
C Grade – Div 1
C Grade travelled to Albury to take on St Pats Green. With Captain Danny Osbourne out of the side Jason Raggett led a young team out to bat first and the boys were able to string a few important partnerships together, but at 7/82 things were looking grim.
The eighth wicket partnership between Patty Blain and Lachie Raggett steadied the ship and the team finished with a defendable 120.
With no Osbourne, Kuschert or Closter to bowl their usual thunder bolts, Corowa were always going to be looking for some inspiration, and although all bowlers played their part, bowling fantastic lines and chocking the St Pats batting order, it was Jason Raggett who done the damage.
Taking a break from bowling his usual pies, Raggett returned career best figures of 8 overs, 3 maidens, 4/13 in a clinical display, setting the tone for his young chargers as they eventually bowled the hosts out for 82.
Next week is East Albury at home, join the side at Morris Park for five hours of entertaining cricket as the boys look to continue their winning streak and push into the top four.
C Grade – Div 2
Div 2 went down by 7 wickets in their game against St Patricks in Albury.
After struggling to get a side some players, Paul Lavis, Peter Richardson, Stephen Blain and Todd Letchford all came out of retirement to help the side out.
Batting first the side made 110 before getting bowled out in over 37. Will Julian took his chance up the top of the order to make 41 while Ned Harvey batted well in the middle order to make 23.
In reply it took St Patricks 26 overs to reach the target with Peter Richardson showing he hadn’t lost it, taking 1 for 10 off 4 overs while opening the bowling.
Todd Letchford’s first game since the Under 15s resulted with him collecting a wicket, while Paul Lavis wound back the clock with a fast spell to a 57 year old opposition batsman.
The side takes on North Albury Green at Thurgoona this Saturday.
Corowa ventured to Xavier Oval on Friday night for an important game to keep the boys in touch with the leading teams.
Winning the toss and batting, Patrick Lavis and Ryan Beveridge started cautiously. Opening bowler Batrouney was causing some issues but the boys stuck to their task.
They gradually started wearing down the bowling and the runs started to flow. And flow. Lavis and Beveridge matched each other and they almost simultaneously brought up their centuries in the 35th over, from 104 and 112 balls respectively.
A great effort from both players, particularly Ryan who scored a century last week also.
Blake Lewis hit out late (18 from 9) as they posted a formidable 2-244 from 40 overs.
Under 15s – Females
The girls have had two good wins in the last week. Last Wednesday night they played North Albury winning by 57 runs.
North Albury batted first and made 99 off their 20 overs with Talara Wolter and Carrington Schmidt both taking 1 for 14.
In reply the girls amassed 156 off their 20 overs. Lydia Ross-Anderson top scored with 27 while Carrington Schmidt made 21 and Bonnie Norman 18 in a good batting performance.
On Sunday the girls had a 23 run victory over New City in cold conditions.
New City batted first and made 94 off their 20 overs. Tamir Richardson bowled well to only go for 5 runs off her 3 overs while Anika Coghill only went for 4 off her 2 overs. In reply Corowa made 117 with an even team performance with Tamir Richardson (21), Clodagh Blain (18), Ava Phibbs (17), Tayah Wynne (16) & Bonnie Norman (14) all batting well.
Under 14s Blue
Corowa Blue took on Wodonga Raiders in a top of the ladder clash.
Wodonga won the toss and batted first, putting on an impressive 220 with a couple of lads opening the batting retiring on 50.
Although Corowa didn’t have their best day with the ball, they have a strong batting line-up which, if they bat at their best, have a chance to chase down that total.
Under 14s White
Corowa White took on Wodonga Williamsons at home with Captain Jay winning the toss and had no hesitation in batting first.
Openers Oli and Brodie set about building an innings until Oli was bowled out for 4 with the score on 13. Jay was next in but only lasted 8 balls before he was caught for 1.
Brodie’s next partner in crime was Ethan and the boys lasted a while until Brodie’s innings finished on 12 after spending a good time out in the middle off a sharp catch.
Ethan and new batter Jaxson made the partnership of the day with 48 runs, Ethan retiring on 15 and Jaxson out for 24. A handy 21 off Isaac helped build a good total, Hamish had his team mates in wild applause after getting his first runs for the season with a well-made 2. Not out batters were Jackson on 1 and Tyler on 7.
After 40 overs we scored our highest total so far for the year with 7/128.
Corowa need to bowl well next week to defend this score.
Under 12s Blue
This week Corowa Blue had a bye. Next week they will travel to Norris Park in Lavington where they take on Lavington Black.
Under 12s White
Corowa White took on East Albury, looking to continue their unbeaten run.
Again some tight bowling had the crows on the backfoot and at 6-53 the game looked over. Good late hitting by East got them to a competitive 7-91 from their 20 overs however.
Pick of the bowlers were Archie Bedford (1-6 ) and Levi Phibbs (1-7).
Eli Lavis departed first ball to put Corowa on the back foot but Tex Longmire and Ajay Haegney righted the ship with a great stand to take the score to 1-68.
Bedford (8 from 22) then displayed patience before Benji Hanrahan (21), Joe Lavis (21) and a swashbuckling Phibbs (25 from 13) ensured the comfortable win; Corowa making 144 from their 20.
The Club would like to acknowledge their sponsors for this season – A & A Auto, Davidson White Accountants, Waldrons Fresh on River, TH Kitchens & Joinery, Hotel Australia, Dunn’s Twin City Cranes, Kilara Group, Nutrimax, Royal Hotel, Bartletts Gas, Pharmasave, Collins Transport, D’Amicos Restaurant & Corowa RSL Club.