Cade made for grade, that’s well played

January 12, 2017

Kyabram’s Cade Mueller delivered in a man-of-the-match performance.

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.

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