FORMER Orange City player Bob O’Donnell would have been impressed with yesterday’s trial game.
Orange City took on Yarrawonga-Mulwala Cricket Club in a memorial match at Wade Park to honour O’Donnell.
The two sides met in a 30-overs-a-side match with Orange City enjoying a six-wicket win.
Yarrawonga batted first and made a strong start with Gus Browning (29) and Josh Vagg (50) pushing the side past the half-century for the second wicket.
Mark Lonegan also chipped in with 26, and his partnership with Vagg pushed the visitors to 115 for the fourth wicket.
Then Adam Cowden struck.
Cowden claimed the wickets of Danny Kelb (3), Terry Lonegan (0), Vagg (50) and Jamie Kelb (0) in the one over, to have the visitors at 7-126.
Yarrawonga managed to bat out their 30 overs and finished on 8-129.
Cowden had figures of 4-16 from his three overs and Ben Findlay (2-10), Shaun Churchill (1-21) and Pat Harris (1-23) also took wickets.
Orange City then picked up the bat and performed well.
Opener Matt Findlay managed 46 before being caught off a Browning delivery.
Churchill (25), Cowden (27) and Josh Mahon (11) all retired to allow 12-year-old Blake Weymouth (6 not out) and 14-year-old Pat Harris (19no) to guide the team to 4-161 and the win.
Browning showed off his all round ability taking 2-19 from his four overs and Vagg (1-19) and Brendan Clarke (1-12) also claimed scalps.
This is the second time the two clubs have met after Orange City made the trip to Yarrawonga last year for the first memorial game to honour O’Donnell.
O’Donnell played a lot of his junior cricket in Molong before joining Orange City.
Then when he moved, he finished his cricket career with Yarrawonga-Mulwala.
Orange City captain Andrew Rutledge said the memorial game was good preparation for the season ahead.
“We tried to get as many blokes who went there last year to play,” Rutledge explained.
“We got seven of them and then we picked a few older blokes and some young guys. Blake [Weymouth] was a ring in.
“It was played in the right spirit.”
Rutledge said Cowden and Matt Findlay made their mark on the game.
Yarrawonga captain Jamie Kelb said everyone enjoyed the match.
“It was great. It was competitive,” Kelb said.
“Josh [Vagg] batted well. Gus [Browning] had a good with the bat and ball.”
Next year Orange City will make the return trip to Yarrawonga.