Bushies go down fighting

March 15, 2017

Speedy: Benalla Bushrangers A Grade captain sends one down at Beechworth. Gladstone took four wickets in the sides semi-final loss to Beechworth.

The cricket season is over for the Benalla Bushrangers following losses from A and B-grade sides during the weekend.

Both teams lost the toss and were asked to bowl.

A-grade against Beechworth away and B-grade against Bright at the Benalla Gardens.

The A-grade Bushies did a good job with the ball, knocking over Beechworth for 132 on an uneven wicket.

Captain Sam Gladstone led the way with four wickets, while Wade King also took four in a great spell of bowling which yielded just 23 runs from 16 overs.

Dale Stratton and Josh McCallum took a wicket each and Simon Briggs bowled tightly for 0/7 from six overs.

With seven overs to face before stumps on day one, the A-Graders lost Simon Briggs cheaply and ended the day 1/4.

Coming into the second day, however, wickets fell regularly and when Jack Connor was found to be leg-before-wicket for three, the score was 5/41.

The Bushies fell apart after the sixth wicket was taken — the last four going for just four runs and the Bushies were all out for 76.

Gladstone capped a great game with the top score of 19, while McCallum made 17 before he was run out and Rhett Woolley opened and departed for 15.

Even with the season ending for the Bushies, the A-grade have upheld their reputation of being a finals team — they have now made the WDCA finals every year since the club’s inception.

At the Benalla Gardens, the B-grade side also played well to bowl Bright out for 137.

Conor Brodie was the star with the ball, collecting five wickets for 33 runs from 14 overs.

Brodie was well supported by Steve McCallum (1/11), Cam Howlett (2/32) and veteran Trevor Saker (1/7).

The Bushies got the score to 0/10 at the end of the first day with openers Leigh Wydeven and Brian Rheese still at the crease.

Wydeven was out caught behind for 10 early on day two and Cam Howlett followed shortly for a duck.

At the first drinks break, the Bushies were looking steady at 2/45, but a collapse with the loss of Steve Pickering for 21, Rheese for 10 and Brodie for a duck moved the Bushies to 5/47 in no time.

Trevor Saker held the lower order together and batted well to make 42 but the Bushies were all out for 110.

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