The Benalla Bushrangers are in a good position to take points from Beechworth after a strong first day’s play on Saturday.
After being sent in to bat by the away side, the Bushies’ score of 5/211 came from strong knocks all down the order, beginning with openers Tom Rigby (34) and Lee Brennan (19).
From there Vaughan Kirk hit 15, before Wade King stepped up to knock 59, which included nine boundaries.
King’s partnership with wicketkeeper Simon Briggs (43) set the home side up with a big total for the visitors to chase on Saturday.
Beechworth’s Matthew Pearce was the pick of the bowlers, taking three wickets and as many maidens from his 15 overs.
Over 60s in action
The Bushies Over 60s will play their first home game for the season on Sunday at the Benalla Gardens Oval.
Starting at 11am against Richmond Union, this season the Bushies will travel to Iona, near Pakenham, Cooma, near Kyabram, Mansfield and Ringwood for some of their games.
It is the over-60s’ third season in the statewide over 60s Veterans Cricket Victoria (VCV) competition, comprising of 22 teams.
Gippsland, Geelong, Bendigo, Hamilton and Wodonga are country-based sides, while other sides come from Melbourne inner and outer suburbs. The over 60s competition is run by Veterans Cricket Victoria.
While there are winners and losers, there are no ladders or finals. The VCV’s mission statement is to provide opportunities for veteran cricketers to play the game they love in a competitive, friendly and healthy environment.
Bushies over-60s player Trevor Saker said the side was on the lookout for anyone interested in playing in the team.
‘‘The Benalla Bushrangers over 60s are always looking for new players. Anyone interested should come down on Sunday to the Gardens and have a look,’’ he said.
‘‘The Benalla team has players who live in Yarck, Peechalba, Wangaratta, Albury-Wodonga as well as the Benalla area.’’