WDCA | Benalla in prime position to pounce

By Meg Saultry

Benalla Bushrangers have set a concrete challenge to Greta in day one of their round seven match-up, scoring 8/194 with the bat at Benalla Gardens Oval.

The Bushrangers were able to bat out their full innings, with Simon Holmes (68) leading the charge, as Brendan Hernan (23), James Carboon (24) and Jack Fullager (24) all added vital runs.

Nick Pell guided Greta’s attack, taking 3-47 while Matt Gathercole pitched in with two wickets.

The Bushrangers will take to the field this Saturday as they attempt to skittle Greta’s own batting line up.

● Benalla made solid progress in the search for a maiden A-reserve victory but will need to be sharp as a tack with the ball this Saturday to close the deal.

The Bushrangers reached 7/133 as they headed out to the crease first, with skipper Greg Hoysted (40) doing his best to put the side in a winning position. 

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● The Bushrangers B-grade side is in severe danger of suffering an outright loss in their contest with Yarrawonga Mulwala.

Yarrawonga did well to get to 4/175 at the conclusion of their first innings, before backing it up with the ball, as an even spread of bowlers ripped through Benalla’s batting line up.

The Bushrangers failed to get to double digits, all out for 92, with Chris Hayes’ half-century the only bright spot in a dull day.

Yarrawonga lead by 88 runs as the match moves into a second innings this Saturday.

● C-grade suffered a brutal loss at the hands of City Colts on Saturday, losing by 153 runs in what was a one-day contest.

The Bushrangers were dismissed for 83 before a Colts line up full of depth posted a commanding 6/236 to seal victory. 

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● Benalla's under-16 squad are well on their way to a round five victory over City Colts, dismissing their rivals for 56 across the opening day's play.

Jasper De Fazio was a wunderkind with the ball, taking 4-7, while Jack Fullager was no slouch either, snaring 3-3.

The Bushrangers finished the day's play at 2-51, with Tom Hayes (21 not out) in good touch with the bat.

● The under-14s will need to bring their A-game with the ball this Saturday if they are to defend their total of 79.

Lucas Hales did his best to bolster the side’s total, scoring 25 runs, but it will be down the Bushrangers’ attack if they are to halt Yarrawonga’s effort with the bat.

● Benalla’s under-12s continue to go from strength to strength this season, picking up another win to sit second on the ladder after seven rounds.

Lucas Ham (28 not out) led efforts with the bat, as Benalla raced to 2-114 at the end of their 20 overs.

Switching to attack, Kai Dervish (3-6) helped stifle Ovens Valley United’s innings, with the home side falling 32 runs short of Benalla.