WDCA | Young Bushrangers let rip on Benalla Gardens

By Meg Saultry

Benalla Bushrangers’ under-16 team wrapped up its two-day match with Delatite with a win.

After posting a formidable 6-166 on day one, Benalla dismissed Delatite for 151 on Saturday.

Benalla's Charlie Bull was a standout, claiming 2-7 from six overs, including three maidens, while Angus O'Halloran also starred with 2-16 from 3.2 overs.

● Benalla's A-grade team continues to search for its first win of the season, falling 86 runs short of Beechworth on Saturday.

The Bushrangers won the toss and sent Beechworth in.

But their rivals quickly put on a show, with Alessandro Belci (43) and Matthew Pearce (39) guiding Beechworth to 8-179 after 40 overs. 

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Benalla's Conor Brodie starred for the attack, finishing with 3-35 and a run out, while Henry Sadaya was also handy with 2-30.

In the chase, Benalla put a full innings together but failed to get the required run rate to match Beechworth.

Sitting on 6-93 after 40 overs, Christian De Fazio's 51 was a highlight, while Conor Brodie (15) and Dale Stratton (15) were solid. 

Quick hands: Matt Priest expertly fields a Delatite batters' shot.

But it was the strength of Beechworth's bowling attack that nullified Benalla, with John Matchett taking 3-10 from eight overs, while their bowlers produced 11 maidens.

Benalla will face its first two-day match this Saturday, traveling to face Ovens Valley United at Whorouly Memorial Reserve. 

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● A-reserve lost to Beechworth by three wickets, with Beechworth all-rounder Brendon Thompson (51 and 2-13) starring for the opposition, while B-grade failed to match Rovers United Bruck, after Mark Drage (46) lifted his side to 5-147 - much more than Benalla's 70.

In C-grade, Rutherglen United dominated with the bat, posting a stellar 5-247 against Benalla.

Benalla's Max Cullen did his best to resurrect his team's innings, scoring 29, though Benalla fell well short with 9-111.

And in under-14s, Benalla lost to Rovers United Bruck by 43 runs. Jonty Priest starred with the bat, hitting 21, while Bayleigh Dervish had the best bowling figures with 1-5.

● Benalla's under-12s had the bye.