WDCA | Over 60s go down to the wire

By Meg Saultry

Benalla Bushrangers’ over-60s lost by two wickets in their clash with Victoria Country on Sunday.

Benalla's Phil Brown and Trevor Saker top-scored for the Bushrangers with 40 apiece, as the home side batted out the innings for 9-171.

But a victory wasn’t meant to be for Benalla's most senior side, with Vic Country reaching the total with an over to spare.

Brown pulled double duties, snaring 3-14 with the ball, Jack Howlett also picked up two wickets, while Brian Harrington was quick with his hands, picking up two catches behind the wicket. 

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• Benalla’s A-reserve team celebrated its first win of the season by staking claim to a three-wicket victory over Greta on Saturday.

It was through the hard work of Benalla pair James Arendt (4-29) and Jasper De Fazio (3-24) that had Greta falling six runs short of the Bushrangers’ first innings total of 133.

Greta was seemingly in a winning position, sitting on 5-112 before a late order collapse meant the visitors lost five wickets for 15 runs at Benalla Showgrounds.

• The Bushrangers’ B-grade contingent lost its round eight clash with Yarrawonga Mulwala, going down by 117 runs. 

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Chasing a healthy 231 set by Yarrawonga during its first innings, Benalla struggled to make a dent with its chase, stalling at 92.

Chris Hayes was the only Bushranger to post a solid score, finishing with 53 at Victoria Park Oval.

Heading into a second inning, Benalla’s attack mustered some fight, with Lee Brennan (3-14) and Matt Priest (3-10) dangerous enough to limit Yarrawonga to 7-74.

Late in the day, Benalla had a second chance with the bat, finishing on 1-96 as Brennan (56) showed off his skill with the bat.

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• C-grade's pursuit of an elusive win lingers this season after its one-day clash with Wangaratta Magpies resulting in a 24-run loss.

Batting first, the Magpies raced to a score of 7-221, with Benalla’s Brian Harrington (3-30) doing his best to dismantle their line up.

A half-century to Justin Wallace was cause for celebration for Benalla, though a win wasn’t to be as the Magpies held them to 9-174.

Adam Walsh played an all-round game, finishing with 26 runs and 2-30. 

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• In junior matches, a mighty knock from under-16 skipper Jack Fullager gifted his side its second win of the season against the City Colts on Saturday.

Chasing a paltry 56, Benalla made light work of its chase, with Fullager’s 82 adding to a greater total of 206 for the Bushrangers.

The under-14 bowling attack couldn’t atone for the Bushrangers’ lapse in their batting, losing their match to Yarrawonga Mulwala Bulls.

Dismissed for 79 last week, Benalla had a mighty task to bowl the Bulls out. 

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Alyssa Priest (2-15) proved dangerous, but it wasn't enough to stop the Bulls who raced to 176 by the end of play.

Rounding out the weekend's results, the under-12s continued on their winning ways, this time sealing a 19-run victory against Rutherglen United Red to retain second position on the ladder.

Lucas Ham was in fine form with the bat, hitting 49 to get Benalla to 6-104 at the end of 20 overs.

Teammate Ben Marshall (2-15) then took charge with the ball, which helped limit Rutherglen to 7-85 by stumps.