It was always going to be a tough task for Benalla. Last season’s finalist was 4-18 chasing Euroa’s, the team that beat it in that Benalla District Cricket Association decider, target of 8-275 when play resumed at Euroa’s Memorial Oval on Saturday.PATRICK O'MEARA November 12, 2012 4:20am
It was always going to be a tough task for Benalla.
Last season’s finalist was 4-18 chasing Euroa’s, the team that beat it in that Benalla District Cricket Association decider, target of 8-275 when play resumed at Euroa’s Memorial Oval on Saturday.
Brett Pollard and Josh Challis resumed and dug in for the first hour of the second day.
But when Pollard fell for 14, it started a further demise.
Benalla’s Brett Pollard launches into an off-side shot.
Challis with 65, was the only other Benalla player to make double figures.
Paceman Ben Milliken and medium-pacer Steve Sandford were the main destroyers for the Magpies with four wickets each.
Brad and Jacob Gleeson shared the other two wickets.
Benalla finished all out for 111.
The Magpies batted out the remaining time, finishing 4-77.
Euroa captain Andrew Squires said he was pleased his side had finished off its good work from the previous Saturday.
‘‘Having them four down from last week obviously helps a lot,’’ Squires said.
‘‘That put a fair bit of added pressure on them before we even started.’’
He said Benalla had provided staunch resistance early.
‘‘The two that were in, for the first hour or so, batted really well,’’ he said.
‘‘Then we got a breakthrough and once we got that, we really took over from there.’’
Squires praised Sandford and Milliken.
‘‘Steve Sandford took four wickets in 10 overs and he was fantastic,’’ he said.
‘‘He is not express pace, but he just bowls really good line and length.
‘‘Then Benny Milliken, he had to leave early to get to a wedding, so he just gave his all for an hour.
‘‘He was really good.’’
He said bowling a team out had been the major positive from the clash.
‘‘I am just rapt that we took 10 wickets,’’ Squires said.
‘‘Benalla is a side that bats all the way down and to be able to get them all out for a low score is really pleasing.’’
Squires said pushing for outright points had not entered his thoughts.
‘‘We just wanted to give a couple of the bowlers and the blokes down the order an opportunity to have a hit,’’ he said.
‘‘It was just a good opportunity to give the younger blokes a bit of a go.’’
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