Dogs riding high after tough chase

WODONGA will go into this weekend’s Cricket Albury-Wodonga grand final full of confidence after overpowering Lavington by six wickets in their preliminary final at Les Cheesley Oval yesterday.

The Bulldogs chased down the reigning premier’s score of 212 superbly with top guns Trent Ball (79), Robbie Jackson (39) and James Tonkin (49no) firing against their former team.

Jackson said the win was full of character.

“Lavington threw the kitchen sink at us,” he said.

“We had to be very good to stand up to it.

“Full credit to them, they had a real crack and we played our best cricket to get through.

“They looked like making 350 when Sam Harris and Jay Banks were batting together on Saturday but we regrouped at tea and came back really hard.”

After slumping to 4-71 on day 1, Harris played another brilliant captain’s knock to top score with 77, while Banks was equally as damaging with 49.

But their departure triggered another collapse as Lavington crashed from 4-158 to be all out for 212 in the 65th over.

Wodonga reached 0-26 before stumps through Ball and BJ Garvey to seize control, and refused to hand it back.

“Those 20-odd runs late on Saturday were very crucial for us,” Jackson said.

“It put us in a good position.

“BJ was given a fair working over by the Brown brothers (Ryan and Nathan) and he’s covered in bruises but I thought he did a great job for us.”

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