Corowa topple St Pat’s

After having the bye in the morning, A grade welcomed St Pats to Ball Park for Saturday’s T20 fixture.

The highly fancied St Pats were coming off a morning victory, won the toss and sent Corowa into bat on a well-prepared Ball Park surface.

The decision looked to be the correct one when Matt Wilson was well caught at first slip for one off the bowling of Scammell.

However, this brought Ryan Beveridge to the crease who teamed up with opener Matt Grantham efficiently rotating the strike against the good balls, capitalizing on anything loose and pushing the score along to 37 before Grantham was well stumped for 15.

Kaelan Bradtke was promoted to number four and delivered exactly what the team required with a run a ball 26 in a 54-run partnership with Beveridge of which excellent strike rotation and hard running was a feature.

When Bradtke was run out coach Jarryd Hatton was sent in to try and up the run rate, when he was caught for 3.

Wicket keeper batsman Jeremy Carr joined Beveridge to finish Corowa’s innings on a competitive 110 with Carr making 8 from 4 balls and Ryan Beveridge an expertly constructed 46 not out.

With 110 on the board, the side still required to bowl and field strongly to restrict the dangerous St Pats batting group.

Nick Grant took the first over and started well before a couple of rare loose deliveries were put away by the aggressive Crawshaw. He and fellow left-handed opener, Smith were making the most of the powerplay moving the score along to 32 in the 6th over before Jarryd Hatton had Crawshaw caught by Jesse Moloney for 18.

The next partnership moved the score to 58 at the halfway mark of the innings as Corowa slowly built up the pressure on St Pats.

Kaelan Bradtke backed up his work with the bat with two quick wickets and the game was dragged back to an even contest, a good outfield catch to Hatton off the bowling of Athanitis had St Pats 4 for 75 after 15 overs with coach Liam Scammell still at the crease and pressure on both sides to hold their nerve.

A Bradtke slower ball deceived Scammell and rattled the stumps before Jarred Lane picked up a run out to swing the game in Corowa’s favour.

Coach Hatton took it upon himself to ice the game and combining his skill and experience with a brutal short ball to the St Pats captain resulting in a run out to finish the game with Corowa the victors in a thrilling example of high-quality cricket.

Special mention must go to Ryan Beveridge for his unbeaten knock showing class and maturity beyond his years setting up the win for his team.

Both A and B grade travel to Tallangatta next week for another day of important games for both sides.

B Grade

B Grade failed to win a game in their double headed of cricket on Saturday.

In the first game against Howlong at Howlong, Corowa won toss and batted, the first toss won for the season.

Darcy Melksham and Jordan Eyers got the team off to a good start, before they both fall with score on 45.

Jay Lavis departed cheaply, Kodee Lowe kept the momentum going with elder statesmen Doug before Lavis departed with the score on 73.

A steady flow of wickets and some good bowling slowed the run rate, Lowe went for a well-made 37 with the score on 101. Couple of quick wickets fell cheaply late in the innings leaving Corowa with 110 off their 20 overs

Chasing 110 for victory early wickets were key, Jay Lavis and Phibbs opened the bowling, with the later snaring a wicket, from then on it went downhill with the score moving to 88 before Dougie Lavis gave the team a sniff with a couple of late wickets. But Hobbs had other ideas, smashing his way to victory with 76 off 50 balls to give a win to Howlong.

In the second game against St Patricks at Lavington, Phibbs in winning the toss decided to change it up and bowl first. This proved to be the wrong call as the Pattie’s batters got off to a flyer.

It was a fast outfield and the boys bowled without luck before Doug Lavis snaring the first wicket with a fine catch of his own bowling.

The runs still flowed as some loose fielding kept the score ticking over. Enter Jack Eales, who bowled superbly after taking some stick in game one, gathering two wickets in succession to be on a hat trick!

The field was brought in, with Athanitis almost pushing blokes over to get to first slip to snare a catch if it came his way, well it did come his way, putting it down and announcing his retirement shortly after!

Could easily have been 4 wickets for the young fella if the team had taken theirchances. At the close St Patricks had made 5 for 143 off their 20 overs

Athanitis set to right some wrongs, getting the team off to a flyer with a quick fire 26.

A few quick wickets stopped that momentum until Will Seymour entered the fray blasting a quick fire 42 with some huge sixes, but when Seymour went Corowa needed 38 off 23 balls.

Kyle Docherty continued to hit out, but it came down to needing 8 off two balls, but he could only manage a single due to some tight bowling, needing a front foot no ball and a free hit 6 it wasn’t to be as Corowa finished their 20 overs at 9 for 137.

C Grade Division 1

C Grade Div 1 had last year’s premier St Pats in deep trouble early at Morris Park on Saturday.

Opening quicks Liam McDonnell (1/21) and Ethan Lane (1/17) tightened the screws from the outset, but it was skipper Danny Osborne who did the damage at first change.

Osborne took a scalp with his first ball, McDonnell taking a neat lowdown catch at gully. Osborne then rattled the stumps with balls five and six of his first over on the way to 4-9 off 6.

Despite being 7-45, the visitors dug in and batted out the overs to reach 117.Still, Corowa were rightly confident of a win.

McDonnell went early but Lachie Raggett (18) and Riley Allan (a patient 6) guided Corowa to 2/36.

But St Pats’ left-arm swing bowler ripped through the middle order, taking 6/14 off his eight, and Corowa were bundled out for 58.

Osborne was the only other batsmen to reach double figures, clocking 13 down at number 10.

C1 will look to bounce back away in Lavington this Saturday

C Grade Division 2

C Grade Division 2 have started the season with a big win against Barnawartha Chiltern at Chiltern. After struggle to find enough players, some late ringing around enable some Under 14’s and past players to fill in.

Batting first the team lost two early wickets before Pat Mitchell and Justin Lewis set about dominating the game.

Mitchell being the anchor setting himself to bat the innings while Lewis went of the attack smashing 54 before he went with the score at 111.

Mitchell was out with a couple of over to go for a very well made 71 and with Brodie Eyers making 12 Corowa was dismissed on the last ball of their 40 overs for 189.

Justin Lewis got an early wicket, as Barn/Chiltern got the score to 32 before Brydon Robins with three quick wickets reduce them to 4 for 36.

Everyone was given a bowl with Leroy Chester taking 2 for 2 and with Marc Playford taking the last three wickets, Corowa was able to bowl out Barnawartha Chiltern for 83 in the 39th over.

Under 16s Blue

Kicking off the season with home ground advantage Corowa Blue looked to get off to a good start early and they did that by winning the toss and electing to bat.

After losing two quick wickets captain Ethan Hanrahan came to the crease and scored a crucial match high 21.

Blake Keenes looked solid for 14 before being ran out and some late innings hitting from Angus Smith saw Corowa Blue reach 7-87 from their 20.

Defending 87 early wickets were crucial. Taj Smith and Justin Lewis started strangle hold leaving the visitors 3-9.

With a change of pace, more wickets came.

Spin duo Hanrahan and Eales stamp their foot on the game each bowling well and taking a wicket each leaving Wodonga 5-16.

Kuschert and Keenes would clean up the tail after brilliant runouts from Eales and Glare. Eventually bowling Bulldogs out for 47.

Under 14s Blue.

Leroy Chester, captain lost the toss. Albury elected to bat.

In the second over Ashton Wynne took the first wicket. Jayden Forge, Tyler Abley and Jordan Allan also took a wicket each.

Albury ended up 5-85 at the end of their 20 overs.

Corowa opened their innings with Tyler Abley and Archer Coppolino. We saw some big hitting from new recruit Coppolino and Tyler gliding the ball around the field.

Archer retired not out on 30 and Tyler retired not out on 31. Jayden Forge copped a great ball first up and was out for a duck. Leroy Chester and Benji Hanrahan came to the crease.

Leroy was run out for 9, bringing Tec Longmire to the crease. There was a competition between Benji and Tex of who could hit the most 6’s. Benji made 23 not out and Tex made 22 not out.

Ashton Wynne and Jordan Allan came to the crease and played out the last few overs to both finish not out with Corowa’s score at 2-132.

Under 14s White

After the long wait to play the junior season got off and away against Howlong for our younger 14’s team. Birthday boy Toby Hanrahan won the toss and bowled.

The traditional ring field was doing the trick as the overs ticked by. All 13 got a bowl as we restricted the spiders to 73 from 20. Best of the bowlers was Levi Phibbs and Russ Collins with his wily chinamen.Our innings started off in style as Clodagh Blain and Joe Lavis played with great positivity and purpose. Clodagh went for a stylish 24 with the score on 62.

Joe retired for 30 including a big 6 over square. Niamh Lavis then also put the bowlers to the sword as we passed the score. Cooper Campbell looked good after the off season in Singapore and Toby’s ramp shots didn’t quite work out. All in all a very good win for the pups.

Under 12s Blue

The under 12s blue started the season with a big win over North Albury at Corowa High School.

Being sent in Rhylee Barber (22*) and Hudson Kuschert got the tem off to great start and with help from Will Forrest (11*) and Jaxson McKinna (8*) the side was able to bat out their overs making 3 for 92.

The bowlers were on fire from the first over bowling wicket to wicket. Some early run out got the team on a roll and when Archie Rhodes collected three wickets in his over and Will Forrest backed in up two overs later with two wickets in an over the team had bowled out North Albury for 16.

Youngsters Callan Corcoran (1/1) and Abe Spencer (1/0) bowled well in their first games for cricket.

Under 12s White

Dressed for cricket, though in conditions more akin to ice hockey, the Corowa White team took on Lavington on Friday night.

Having lost the toss, the boys were sent into bat, showing some solid defence in the early overs. However, a flurry of wickets in the 3rd and 4th over had them on the back foot at 4 for 10.

Nathias Price came to the crease and steadied the ship, combining with Eli Lavis for a much-needed partnership of 28 before he was dismissed for a well-made 9 runs.

Eli Was able to support the tail, adding 22 runs of his own and helping the boys to a solid total of 7 for 70.

The boys were very eager in the field and miserly with the ball in hand. They managed to restrict the opposition to just 48 from their 20 overs.

The best of the bowlers was Eli Lavis (1/4), Cooper Patten (1/0), Jagger Doody (1/15), Finley Douglas (1/6) and, capping off a cricketing debut for the ages, Nathias Price (1/4 and a runout).

A very solid showing from the boys this week.

The club would like to acknowledge the valued sponsors for this season, A & A Auto, Davidson White Accountants, John Rhodes Bricklaying, Waldrons Fresh on River, Dunn’s Twin City Cranes, Kilara Group, Nutrimax, Royal Hotel, Amber Rose, Corowa Bakery, Old Empire Hotel, Docs Corowa, Pharmasave Corowa, Moloney Real Estate, Mawson and Corowa RSL Club.