Benalla Bushrangers’ Under-16 and Under-14 sides have made it into the Wangaratta and District Cricket Association finals after both recorded wins at the weekend.
The Under-16s defeated City Colts White at Benalla Racecourse while the Under-14s put away the Wangaratta Magpies in Wangaratta.
A good win to the Under-12s capped off a solid weekend for the Bushies’ junior sides.
The Under-16s batted first and found themselves in trouble at 5-25 before Vaughan Kirk, batting down the order, made sure the total ended up a defendable 143 as he made 49.
Tight bowling and fielding eventually yielded results; after the first Colts wicket fell with the score on 45, they lost batsmen regularly and were all out for 115.
Meanwhile, in Wangaratta the Under-14 Bushies batted first and made an above par score, all out for 181. Dom Buckley starred with the bat, making 41.
In reply, the Magpies were bowled out for 86. The wickets were shared fairly equally between bowlers but captain Luke Dunne and Jack Fullager took two scalps each.
In A-grade action, 17 wickets fell on day one of the Bushies’ game away against the Beechworth Wanderers.
The Wanderers batted first on a tricky wicket and after some excellent bowling,were all out for just 60 runs.
In reply however, the Bushies are 7-29 with Dale Stratton and Tom Webster at the crease. Wade King and Stratton took three wickets each.
In B-grade the game is evenly poised after day one at the Racecourse where the Bushies were all out for 135 and have City Colts White 3-27 at the end of the first day.
The C-graders travelled to play Milawa where the home side batted first and made 6-181 from its 36 overs.
Mark Saunders took three wickets while debutant Riley Kego grabbed a wicket in his first over. Nick Jacobs and Henry Sadaya also took a wicket each.
In reply, the Bushies batted out their 36 overs to finish on 6-121. Sadaya finished with 24 not out while Trev Taylor made an entertaining 10 runs late in the innings.
The Under-12s finished their season well with a great win over Rutherglen United by 70 runs. The young Bushies made 206 to Rutherglen’s 136.
This weekend will see the second day’s play in A-grade and B-grade matches. The Under-16s will play a semi-final in Benalla.