Shocking start costs Roos

Jeremy Carr batted well with Jesse Moloney pushing the score to 73. Photos by Simon Ginns.

Corowa’s A Grade cricket season is on the line after they crashed to their three straight loss, this time to Tallangatta at Ball Park Oval.

Winning the toss, Corowa elected to bat first, but for the second week in a row the top order failed as the side collapsed to 4 for 11 in the 8th over. From that position it was always going to be a struggle and with the Tallangatta bowlers well on top it only got worse with the fifth wicket going down in the 16th over with the core only on 23.

Jeremy Carr and Jesse Moloney batted really well and the scoreboard started to tick over. The bad balls were put away, and along with some good running between the wickets, the pair pushed the score to 73 before Moloney went for 20. Carr looked in very good touch and along with coach Jarryd Hatton, pushed the score along to 90 before a terrible mix-up saw Carr run out for the fourth time this season for a very well made 44.

Jesse Moloney showing consistency with the bat.

Hatton and Kodee Lowe looked comfortable moving the score along to 116 with 6 overs left. But when Hatton went for 21 the next two wickets went quickly with Corowa dismissed for 123 with still 20 balls of the innings left.

Hatton made the perfect start collecting a wicket in the first over. And when Mark Athanitis removed the dangerous Shoaib Shaikh in his first over Tallangatta were 2 for 30. Corowa was in with a show. Sensible batting, however, by Armstong and McIntosh took the game away from Corowa pushing the score along to 75 before Jesse Moloney’s great spell was rewarded with a wicket. A run-out was the only other wicket Corowa could get before Tallangatta passed the total in the 38th over. Moloney was the pick of the bowlers taking 1 for 18 off his 10 overs.

With the bye first game back after Christmas, the side needs to get back the winning feeling when it takes on Lavington on the 15th of January if it is to have any chance of making finals.

B Grade won their clash with Tallangatta after Tallangatta forfeited. The team take on Howlong after the Christmas break on the 8th January at Howlong.

A gutsy lower-order partnership from Roshan Gautam and Ethan Lane wasn’t enough to get Corowa over the line in C-Grade (Division 1) on Saturday.

Gautam (21, with three boundaries) and Lane (20, two boundaries) put on the side’s best partnership (36) for the ninth wicket as the home side attempted an unlikely chase after a top order collapse.

But Corowa fell 34 runs short chasing 144 to end a three-game winning streak.

Gautam and Lane were left with lots to do after only John Conroy (20) and Liam McDonell (12) reached double figures at the top of the order.

Earlier, Corowa skipper Danny Osborne gave his side a chance with another starring role with the ball. The opener claimed 4/14 after another quick and accurate exhibition with the Kookaburra, bringing his figures to 9/24 in the last two matches.

McDonell was economic in his spell, conceding only two runs an over, but Conroy was the opposite, bowling eight wides in his first over for the season and telling the Free Press he was now taking up wicket-keeping.

Quicks Billy Raggett and Lane had better control, taking two scalps each, while highlights in the field included a nice long-off catch to McDonell and a sharp Jack Downing take at cover.

C Grade Div 2 had a big win over Yackandandah at Yackandandah with two of our promising Under 16s starting with the ball, taking all 10 wickets!

Being sent into bat, the Corowa top order performed with Brydon Robins (20), the returning Matt Shipard (31), Patrick Mitchell (26) and Justin Lewis (48) all batting well to set Corowa on target for a big total. Jack Eales chimed in with 16 as Corowa batted out their 40 overs to amass 9 for 203.

Youngster Justin Lewis opened the bowling and had Yack on the back foot early with a wicket in the first over. A couple of overs later he picked up two in one over to reduce Yack to 3 for 20. Jack Eales then just wrecked the middle order of Yack taking five wickets in three overs to have Corowa well on the way to victory. Lewis came back and took the last 2 wickets in three balls as Corowa bowled out Yack for 63 in 20.3 overs. Lewis and Eales both finished with the superb figures of 5 for 13.

The side returns after the Christmas break on the 8th January with a clash against Howlong.

Blue Under 16s – With Corowa needing to defend 152. The ball was handed to Fuge and Lewis to get the game underway but Judd Kuschert stole the show with a brilliant run out. It wasn’t long until Lewis struck leaving the visitors 2-2. Fuge and lewis would take the next three crucial wickets putting the home side in prime position having St Pats 5-19. Eales, Glare and Forrest would all take quick wickets and it was a great team effort with no bowler conceding more than 10 runs and dismissing St Pats for 58.

A classy 50 by Rosie Blain wasn’t enough to see Corowa White Under 16s over the line in their clash with St Patricks Green at Xavier 2. Chasing St Patricks score for 206 from last week, after losing an early wicket Blain and Jay Lavis got the score along to 44 before Lavis went. Ethan Lane and Blain got Corowa in the game moving the score to 2 for 99 before Lane went for 26. This started a steady fall of wickets with only Jackson Hargraves (16) and Issac Dickinson making it to double figures as White was bowled out for 166.

White Under 14s. Our Covid affected round saw a 20/20 game against Lavington at Morris. Electing to bat Joe Lavis and Rhylee Barber got the boy’s off to a flyer before Barber went at 37. Joe retired for a well made 31 and some quick wickets slowed the run scoring. Clodagh Blain and Russ Collins made some valuable runs though as we finished on 7-89.

A wicket in the first over had the team excited and the wickets continued to fall. At 6-37 the game looked over but cricket’s a funny game. Some late hitting from Lavi took the score to 78 before a brilliant Franklin Murray-Wright catch ended the innings on 78.

Last week Corowa Blue Under 14s were all out for 138 in the 32nd over, then bowled 8 overs with Ashton Wynne taking one wicket. Wodonga Raiders ended the day on 1-15. Second week, Jayden Forge, Leroy Chester, Tyler Abley, Jordan Allan and Jacob Kremmer all took a wicket each. The side fielded and bowled really well. Corowa’s lack of runs last week did not help. Wodonga Raiders finished their 40 overs 6-218.

The two Under 12s sides didn’t play each other last week and will take each other on in February.

The Club would like to acknowledge our 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, Beechworth Honey, BJ Hanrahan Family Trust, Pharmasave Corowa, Corowa Pump Shop, BPR Engineering, Upton Engineering, McLardy McShane, Federation Council & Corowa RSL Club.