Corowa’s A Grade hosted ladder leader Wodonga on what was a hot summer’s day on Saturday for the season’s second last home and away game.
The Roos are precariously perched in sixth position and need the win.
Wodonga are effectively their second team, as the strong provincial club chooses to enter a team in the district league to advance their youngsters.
The Dogs chose to bat and lost its first wicket at 11 when Brady Bartlett got a nick through to keeper Easton.
They consolidated though until a flurry of wickets in the 50’s left them 4-74.
Dogs captain Mason Brown entered however and the game changed quickly.
He was brutal on anything short or full as he put the young Corowa attack to the sword.
At 4-174 with still 15 overs to go, the Roos were looking down the barrel of a big chase next week.
Enter captain Dan Athanitis.
A change from his usual fast medium to off spin turned the game on its head.
The dismissal of Brown lead to a collapse that can only happen in cricket, where Wodonga lost 6-22 in quick time to be all out for 196.
Pumpa collected 4-10 from 8 season defining overs and was well supported by Brady Bartlett again, with 3-40.
It was a superb fightback from the Roos.
A fast outfield and belting wicket should give the Roos a good chance of this win next week.
A brilliant game by Jacob Bartlett has helped B Grade to continue its good season defeating Wodonga by 4 wickets in its clash at Martin Park.
Stand in Captain Shane Norman won the toss, and sent Wodonga into bat, and with Bartlett and fellow opening bowler Joe Hansen bowling well the pressure was on Wodonga and Bartlett was rewarded with two early wickets.
And when Gabby Sutcliffe struck twice in her opening over, the Bulldogs were struggling at 4 for 22 after 12 overs.
The Bulldogs recovered moving the score along to 77 before Luke Backhouse struck.
Backhouse bowled well in his last 4 overs only going for 2 runs but Wodonga were scoring freely at the other end before a direct hit from the boundary by Greg Burgess removed the danger batsman. Hansen bowled well at the death to collect 3 wickets as Corowa kept Wodonga to 9 for 142 over their 40 overs.
Hansen finished with 3 for 25 off his 8 overs, while Bartlett took 2 for 7 (6) and Sutcliffe 2 for 10 (5) bowled well for the Roos.
After losing Jordan Eyers early, Lochie Conboy and Bartlett steadied for the Roos adding 54 runs to get the Roos to 58 in the 18th over before Conboy went for 25 and then Michael Linklater went two balls later to give Wodonga a sniff.
Norman added a quick 17 before he was run out with the score at 84.
Bartlett looked comfortable as he brought up his fifty as he and Will Seymour added 42 to get the Roos within 17 runs before Seymour went for 17.
Tom Miegel went with the scores level before Bartlett finished his great game hitting the winning runs as Corowa won with 6 overs to spare.
Bartlett making an unbeaten 68 which included 7 boundaries.
This week sees the team take on Howlong at Howlong.
This week saw Corowa C Grade taking on top of the ladder Belvoir Gold in Wodonga.
After winning the toss and electing to bowl, Corowa got off to a slow start.
The bowling tightened up before drinks but Belvoir were 63 without dropping a wicket.
After the break Corowa got its first wickets through with Mark Wallis producing some great bowling, and Belvoir were under the pump.
Jason Raggett and then Osborne bowled one of their better spells for the year, coming back to rip through the middle order.
Belvoir lost 4 wickets in 4 overs to Osborne, rattling the stumps on three occasions to finish with impressive figures of 4/13 from 7 overs including 3 maidens.
Dec Stewart and Bailey Minogue cleaned up the tail end and Blayre Smith was outstanding in the field finishing with 3 catches, teaching the older boys a lesson or two about fielding.
Belvoir was all out for 141 giving Corowa a good total to chase down.
Corowa got off to a good start finding the boundary with ease before Belvoir struck leaving Corowa on 1/17.
Belvoir applied plenty of pressure with some tight bowling taking another 2 more wickets before Stewart and Liam Carter steadied the ship.
Stewart was then caught going for the big one to leave Corowa 4/56.
Unfortunately Corowa had a middle order collapse losing 5 wickets for 7 runs to leave the Roos at 9/63.
Wallis and Minogue put up a good battle before Minogue went out to leave Corowa all out for 86. With two games left for the season Corowa holds onto 5th spot and will need to win the final two games to guarantee a spot in the finals, both games being held at Morris Park.
Thanks to Blayre Smith and Matt Dutton and all the others who have previously filled in to help the team out, it is highly appreciated.
In the Under 16s the two Corowa sides played each other with Blue well on top after the first day. White batted first but could only manage to make 79 before being bowled out in the 25th over.
Darcy Melksham was the star for Blue taking 5 for 8 off 4.5 overs, he was well supported by Luke Backhouse who took 2 for 8 off 6 overs.
In reply Mak Lavis smoked a very quick unbeaten fifty off the last ball of the day as Blue finished its 11 overs at 2 for 68.
The club would like to acknowledge its sponsor for this season that are helping with the move to the new competition, Corowa RSL Club, Hotel Australia, David Lane Builder, Corowa Home Improvements, John Rhodes Bricklaying, Sportspower Corowa, Davidson White, Potts & Schnelle, Meat on the Murray, Stockdale & Logo Corowa, Corowa Bakery, Pharmasave, Lawson Grains, BWS, Corowa Tree Care, GenTech Seeds, Bartletts Corowa Gas, Kilara Group Corowa, Health Culture and Woolworths Corowa as well as the support of the Federation Council.