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Northern Rivers start two from two at under-18 champs

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January 11, 2017

Karramomus batsman Andrew Poppa was eager to showcase his talent against Western Waves.

Northern Rivers have started Cricket Victoria’s under-18 state championships in sensational form with back-to-back wins.

Rivers started their campaign in Melbourne on Monday with five Cricket Shepparton representatives part of the side.

Karramomus batsman Andrew Poppa, Kyabram’s Cade Mueller, Tatura’s Jayden Armstrong and Central Park-St Brendan’s duo Josh Larkin and Alistair McCann were all eager to showcase their talents against Western Waves.

Rivers set the Waves 197 after winning the toss.

Poppa scored 18 opening and Mueller top scored with 49 at first drop.

Larkin (27) and McCann (17) also contributed to help Rivers push their total close to 200.

Armstrong was the pick of the bowlers for the Rivers as they kept the Waves to 163 in reply.

The Tatura prodigy was economical, snaring 3-31 off his 10 overs.

Larkin also contributed with the one wicket.

In yesterday’s match against Mallee Murray, the Rivers again won the toss and batted as Poppa stole the show with an unbeaten 93.

Poppa hit six fours on his way to the impressive tally, while Larkin’s 61 off 90 balls lifted Rivers to 8-212.

McCann was prominent with the ball, claiming two wickets in three overs as Mallee Murray fell for 164.

Rivers will have to back up their impressive start today as they face the also undefeated Metropolitan West at Princes Park.

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