Rutherglen still a big player in finals

Rutherglen batsman Dominic Brown in action on Saturday against City Colts. Picture: PETER MERKESTYN
Rutherglen batsman Dominic Brown in action on Saturday against City Colts. Picture: PETER MERKESTYN

THE Wangaratta and District finals race is still well and truly alive, with Rutherglen United on the verge of causing a major upset against City Colts.

Colts were left reeling at 5-55 chasing just 128 yesterday at Bill O’Callaghan Oval.

Colts can’t afford to slip up against the competition struggler, with Corowa snapping at their heels on the edge of the top four with just two games to play.

Although they can’t make it themselves, Rutherglen United captain Jon Shaw said his club was still keen to have an impact on the finals.

“We’ve got nothing to play for, in terms of finals, but we can certainly have an impact on who finishes where,” Shaw said.

“They need 70 and we need five wickets; I’d rather be in our position.

“It’s something to bowl at.”

Dom Brown’s 72 could prove the difference in the result.

“He batted well,” Shaw said.

“It looked a great wicket but both teams have bowled well.”

Kent Braden did most of the damage with the ball for Colts.

Shaw and Nathan Thomas both have two wickets for the Redlegs.

Colts’ skipper Greg Daniel is still to bat.

Yarrawonga-Mulwala, meanwhile, is in the box seat against Beechworth after rolling the home side for just 139 at Baarmutha Park yesterday.

The Wanderers slumped to 3-21 in the opening stages of the match and were on the back foot from then on in.

Mitchell Howe tried his best to help steady the ship, chipping in with a solid 57, but received next to no help in the middle order.

Beechworth needs to win to stay in the race.

Elsewhere, Greta is on track to be crushed by Myrtleford.

Vitaly Leschen (4-39) and Nehlm Peishantha (3-5) simply dominated Greta as the Blues were rolled for just 83 in a whopping 61.3 overs.

Wangaratta and Corowa will face off in a Saturday-Sunday battle next weekend after Saturday’s NAB Challenge match between Richmond and Collingwood saw the match at Norm Minns Oval pushed back to this weekend.