WDCA | Benalla pinches second C-grade win of season

By Meg Saultry

A considerable team effort from Benalla Bushrangers’ C-grade outfit saw the local team get over the line for its second triumph of the season on Saturday.

Muhammad Yousaf (3-5) led the Bushrangers’ attack as Delatite picked up the pine first, while Steve McCallum and Max Cullen both snared two wickets apiece to limit Rutherglen to 9-80.

Undertaking the chase, Kaiden Skelton (16, three fours), Tom Rigby (15), Corry Westbury (15) and James Davies (14, including a six) all contributed with the bat to get the home side to 9-109 by the end of the innings to secure the win. 

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In other Benalla Bushrangers results:

Kicking off the penultimate round of the B-grade season, Benalla is well positioned to strike for its first win of the season this Saturday.

Taking to the Benalla Gardens, the Bushrangers slowed Delatite’s strike rate in the first innings to keep it to 2-99, with Brendan Duncombe picking up a wicket before combining with Lucas Hales to execute a successful run-out.

And while the Bushrangers looked in danger of an innings collapse early on after falling to 2-11, Simon Holmes and Gary Priest combined for a 90-run partnership stand to push Benalla to 2-101 at stumps.

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● Benalla’s Over-60s finished their season on a high, beating Yarra Valley by five wickets in the final match of the year.

The Bushrangers used their home-ground advantage perfectly, racing to 5-201 with the bat, before turning their attentions to the field.

And it was there they really came together, holding Yarra to 8-172 by the end of their innings.

Ross Runnalls and Allan Porker each picked up two wickets, while Steve McCallum added another wicket to his name as well as a late run-out. 

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● In the first of Benalla’s junior results, a solid bowling effort from the under-16s have them well in the mix ahead of day two this weekend.

Taking on Ovens Valley United at Whorouly Memorial Reserve, Benalla held its opponent to 145 with multiple wickets going to Ryan Martin, Tom Hayes and Jack Fullager.

● The under-14s will be determined to find cracks in Beechworth’s batting line-up this Saturday at Baarmutha Park.

Benalla took to the crease first on Saturday, reaching 6-135, after Lucas Hales (42) and Max Cullen (28) starred in the middle. 

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● City Colts Blue were shown to be too strong for Benalla’s under-12s on Saturday, beating their rivals by nine wickets.

Batting first, Benalla put together an innings of 6-84, with Mitch Cooney and Lucas Ham’s patient batting getting them to 27 and 25 respectively.

But it wasn’t enough to overcome a solid Colts line-up, with the home side racing to 1-102.

Benalla’s Cooper Binion broke through for his team’s sole wicket of the day.

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