Season-ending collapse

March 08, 2017

Benalla Violet Town United has crashed out of the WDCA after being bowled all out for 57 against table-topping City Colts.

Benalla Violet Town United’s season came to a crashing halt after being bowled out for a measly total on Saturday.

Playing top-of-the-table City Colts, the Diggers’ second day was just as difficult as the first; they were bowled out for just 57.

Chasing the target of 273 set by the unbeaten Colts outfit, the Diggers needed everything to go right for them to have a chance of making the total.

Resuming from an overnight score of 1-7, things did not pan out that way as overnight batsmen Tom Williams and Jarrod Morham were quickly dismissed within the first few overs of play.

Williams played an undisciplined swipe at one he should have left alone, and Morham bunted one to a man at cover.

The challenge quickly got tougher as Lee Brennan and Sam Hazell also followed their teammates back to the dressing room in quick succession, and both would have been disappointed by the manner of their dismissal.

Nathan Abley was the next to be dismissed, scoring 11, at which stage BVTU was 6-34.

Skipper Robert Saker and Matthew Holmes put the top partnership of the innings together, making 20 runs.

When Saker was dismissed for 11, Holmes followed two balls later and the tail offered up even less resistance as the side was dismissed for a season low of 57.

A win in the game could have sealed a spot in the finals, had other results gone their way.

But the Diggers are resigned to watching on from the sidelines, while cross-town rivals Benalla Bushrangers progress in the competition.

Meanwhile, the C-grade side made a sizeable journey to Gapsted to play its final game of the year.

Bowling first, the C-grade Diggers allowed Gapsted to score at more than seven runs an over, taking it to 256 from its allotted 36 overs.

In reply C-grade was never in the hunt as it battled to 147.

Charlie Rigg and Ross Runnals led the way with the bat, both scoring 50s.

BVTU’s season has now ended, but check the club’s Facebook page for details on its presentation night which will be held in the coming weeks.

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