It was double delight for the Northern Rivers boys yesterday as they start their Cricket Victoria state championships with wins in the under-16 and under-14 competitions.
Both age groups defeated the Western Waves to start their tournaments in the best possible fashion.
The under-16s, playing at Melbourne University, batted first, reaching 180 off of 49 overs.
Central Park-St Brendan’s pair Connor Holland and Ethan Baxter and Shepparton United’s Harry Tonks struggled to make an impact with the bat, with Holland the only player to reach double figures (11).
It was in the field though that the Rivers showed their class, stifling the Waves’ batting order and snagging four run outs in what turned out to be a tight chase.
Baxter bowled exceptionally to return figures of 1-18 off nine overs to go along with having a hand in three run outs.
Tonks opened the bowling with three overs for 12 runs as the Waves were bowled out for 177 on the last ball of the innings.
At Princess Park in the under-14s it was the Patrick Cormican show as the all-rounder starred with bat and ball.
The Central Park-St Brendan’s junior took 3-14 off two overs to help bundle out the tail and restrict the Waves to 119.
He then steered the Rivers home with the bat, along with a timely cameo from fellow Tiger Mitchell Trevaskis (36 from 41), after a middle order collapse with an important 28 from 29 balls.
Old Students dynamo Connor Hangan and United talent Ethan Warburton bowled tight spells with the ball, the latter taking one scalp, but failed to fire with the bat, scoring zero and eight respectively.
Both sides face Mallee Murray in round two today.