The Benalla Bushrangers’ Under-16s will play in the Wangaratta and District Cricket Association grand final this weekend after easily beating Rover United Bruck Green on Sunday.
Playing at RUB’s home ground, the young Bushies easily chased down the required 69 runs for victory, for the loss of just two wickets.
Openers Kieran Linke and Luke Dunne got the side off to a good start before Linke was LBW with the score on 22 and he had made 13.
Bode Stevens and Dunne then put on a steady, match-winning partnership of 40 before Stevens was caught-and-bowled for 19.
Captain James Arendt hit the winning runs soon after to put the Bushies into this weekend’s grand final against Rovers United Bruck Red, after the other Wangaratta side defeated the highly-fancied Yarrawonga-Mulwala outfit.
Luke Dunne was not out on 27 and he will look to continue his good form with the bat in this weekend’s decider, to be played at the Norm Minns oval in Wangaratta on Saturday and Sunday, starting at 9am.
Under-16 coach Conor Brodie said he was proud of the victory and they now stood a great chance of winning the grand final.
In A-grade action, the Bushies travelled to Yarrawonga-Mulwala to take on the top side and after losing the toss, were asked to bowl.
In a solid team effort, the Bushies managed to bowl the home side out for the first time this season with a competitive 208 runs on the board.
Dale Stratton and Wade King shared the honours with the ball, taking three wickets each while Vaughan Kirk, Conor Brodie, Sam Gladstone and Bode Stevens all grabbed a wicket each.
Gary Priest took three catches behind the stumps and James Carboon also showed good hands to grab three catches.
Unfortunately, the Bushies lost four quick wickets before the end of the day to be 4/18.
Carboon and Stratton will start the day’s play this Saturday with a fair bit of work to do.
Simon Briggs starred with the ball in A-Reserve, taking five wickets for just 24 runs against Rutherglen United at Rutherglen as the home side was bowled out for 97.
Briggs was well supported by Ben Wilson with 2/10 and Adam Walsh, Gurpreet Singh and Henry Sadaya who all took a wicket each.
In reply, the Bushies are well placed at 4/49 with Walsh not out 19 and Dylan Barber not out eight.
The B-Grade game at the Benalla Gardens against City Colts is evenly poised after the Bushies lost the toss and were asked to bat.
Steve McCallum showed his experience to finish not out 45 as the Bushies made 5/88 from their first 34 overs.
Brent Wallace is also looking good with 16 not out and the pair will need to bat on this Saturday when the game continues.
In reply, the Bushies had the Colts 6/104 from their first 34 overs. Justin Wallace was the pick of the bowlers with 3/14 while McCallum and Mark Saunders took a wicket each.
Matt Knight showed great touch in the field, effecting a direct-hit run out and taking a catch and Phil Begnone did a good job behind the stumps.