Roos in top form ahead of big test

COROWA has warmed up for its blockbuster clash against arch rival Rutherglen United with a spirited 31-run win against Myrtleford at McNamara Reserve yesterday.

The Roos have now won their past three matches and will enter next week’s two-day match against the ladder leader at Barkly Park full of confidence after rolling the Saints for 214 in the heat at Myrtleford.

With Victorian Premier Cricket 20-over games in Wangaratta on Saturday, all WDCA matches were shifted to yesterday.

Corowa skipper Jarred Lane said his side was starting to hit its straps and looking forward to testing itself against the Redlegs.

“It’s always good playing against Rutherglen,” Lane said last night.

“They are on fire at the moment so we are expecting a good match.”

It’s been a remarkable turnaround for Corowa, which started the season with two straight one-day defeats.

But a new-found self-belief in the batting ranks — combined with some tight bowling — has the side eyeing the top four.

The Roos had several wicket-takers yesterday, with Paul Lavis (3-18), Dean Druce (2-56) and Luke Melville (2-40) the pick of them.

Myrtleford looked like chasing down the target of 8-245 but the Roos turned the screws and forced a late batting collapse.

Lane said quick wickets helped turn the match in his side’s favour.

“We were a bit nervous at the end,” he said.

“They were seven-for and we thought if we could get a couple that would be good.

“Myrtleford were going along pretty nicely for a while there so it was a good win.”

Corowa managed some batting practice late, finishing 3-93 from 15 overs in its second innings.

“We had a good hit in the second innings,” Lane said.

“It’s good to see guys find a bit of form and confidence.”

Ash Saunders took 4-16 to help Yarrawonga-Mulwala to a 267-run win at home against Greta; Rutherglen had an 85-run home win against Whorouly; City Colts defeated Rovers United at home and Brenton Surrey smashed an unbeaten ton to lead Beechworth to victory against Wangaratta Magpies.

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