Northern Rivers backed up their impressive start in Cricket Victoria’s under-18 state championships with their third straight win yesterday.
Rivers were forced to do something they had not done in their first two matches — chase.
After losing the toss against Metropolitan West, the Rivers were set a chase of 194 at Princess Park in Melbourne.
With five Cricket Shepparton representatives, Rivers needed 37 runs with just six overs remaining and Kyabram’s Cade Mueller delivered in a man-of-the-match performance.
Batting at number three, Mueller’s impressive 67 ensured Rivers would remain unbeaten with four overs to spare.
Rivers reached 4-204 from their 50 overs.
Karramomus batsman Andrew Poppa opened the batting before he was dismissed for 23, while Central Park-St Brendan’s youngster Josh Larkin finished unbeaten on 18.
Fellow Tiger Alistair McCann and Tatura’s Jayden Armstrong did not bat.
Larkin also produced an economical 10-over spell with the ball, claiming 2-14.
McCann was the only other Shepparton representative to take a scalp with one wicket from his four overs.
Next up is Barwon today and with one game left in the carnival, Rivers look to have guaranteed themselves a spot in the semi-finals.