Middle order revival sets up victory for Young Services Club

Cooper Powderly took four catches and executed a stumping for Young Services Club. Photo by Kelly Manwaring.
Cooper Powderly took four catches and executed a stumping for Young Services Club. Photo by Kelly Manwaring.

A middle order fightback from Jonte Powderly, Cooper Powderly, Pil Dearden and Sam Davis set the platform for the Young Services Club Blues victory over Cootamundra Crusaders in their Division 1 Delta AgriBusiness match on Saturday.

YSC batted first in the match played at Albert Park but found themselves in trouble early following the quick fire dismissals of openers Peter Guthrie and Brendan Croese.

Guthrie made just nine runs before he fell to the bowling of Dean Bradley.

Croese didn't trouble the scorer, dismissed for a duck, caught by Phil Gay off the bowling of Ryan Breese.

The celebrations for Crusaders were short lived however.

Jonte Powderly (30), Sam Davis (58) and Cooper Powderly (61 not out), ably assisted by Phil Dearden (31 not out), combined to set the Crusaders 199 for victory, finishing the Young innings at 4/198.

Wicket takers for Crusaders were Dean Bradley (1-26), Ryan Breese (1-44), Ray James (1-4) and Aaron Vitnell (1-22).

It was never going to be an easy chase and Crusaders were in trouble early with opener Scott Meale dismissed for just one with the score on 11.

Meale was caught behind by Cooper Powderly who eventually finished his day behind the stumps with four catches and a stumping.

Fellow Crusader's opener James Smith joined Meale in the stands after helping himself to 22 runs.

Mark Elia and Phil Gay then set about steadying the ship before Crusaders suffered a double blow with the score on 73.

Young's Brendan Croese removed Elia for 17 and then Aaron Vitnell for a duck.

Elia caught was by Cooper Powderly and Vitnell clean bowled.

With the dismissal of Ryan Breese, caught behind by Powderly, again off the bowling of Croese, Crusaders were in real trouble at 5-80.

Sam Davis sent Dilan Seneviratne back to the sheds with the score on 114 before the late order showed some fight to keep Crusaders in the game.

The loss of Dean Bradley (20) at the hands of Pete Guthrie signalled the beginning of the end of Crusaders with the score on 154.

Phil Gay's excellent innings of 62 finished a short time later and he was quickly joined by Aaron Byrne, bowled by Croese and caught by Jonte Powderly for one as the Crusaders innings wrapped up at 9-157.

Croese and Davis stood out with the ball the former taking 3-29 off 10 overs and the later 2-44 off his 10 overs.

Guthrie, Jovan Croese and Phil Dearden took a wicket apiece.

In the Blooms Chemist Division 2 match S and C Club Saints suffered a defeat at the hands of Stockinbingal after scoring just 63 runs. The Burrangong Cricket Club defeated Temora Ex-Services Club Renegades making light work of their 71 run target without the loss of a wicket.