Tigers pounce in opener

WICKET WINNERS: Ovens Valley’s James Neary celebrates a wicket with Corey Southern and wicketkeeper Lachlan Hourigan in the team’s 10-wicket win over Corowa on Saturday. PHOTO: Justin Jenvey

THE newly formed Ovens Valley United Tigers could hardly have hoped for a better introduction to the Wangaratta and District Cricket Association, pulling off a 10-wicket drubbing of Corowa at McNamara Reserve on Saturday.

It was the Roos who won the toss and elected to bat first, but the Tigers wasted little time getting onto the front foot, with Nelum Kumara dismissing Kodee Lowe (1) and Matt Wilson (9) to reduce Corowa to 2/18.

The Roos hit back through Nathan Rhodes (51) and Greg Burgess (18), but after reaching 3/88 the wheels fell off, with the last seven wickets falling for 28 runs, leaving them all out for 116.

From there Ovens Valley’s opening bats of Corey Southern (60 not out) and Scott McNamara (87 not out) got the job done for the home side, passing the victory target in the 30th over before finishing the day at 0/157.

McNamara said it had been the ideal start for the Tigers.

“We had been training well as a group and we were pretty confident going into round one,” McNamara said.

“Corowa had a few players out, but they still had a strong side in.

“We certainly weren’t expecting to beat them by as much as we did, but we’ll take it.”

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