The Northern Rivers under-14 and under-16 sides continued their strong start to the Victorian championships carnival, yesterday accounting for Mallee Murray in sweltering conditions on day two.
Playing at Schramms Reserve in Doncaster, where the mercury topped 38°C, the under-14s batted first and it was Central Park-St Brendan’s talent Patrick Cormican who stood up once more.
The young Tiger top-scored with 46 from 74 deliveries to help Rivers to a strong total of 9-150 in their 40 overs.
Club teammate Mitchell Trevaskis, promoted up the order after his match-winning 36 not out on Monday, made 10 off 19 balls, while Old Student junior Connor Hangan had his stumps rattled second ball.
Ethan Warburton, a Shepparton United product, was run out for 23 chasing quick runs towards the end of the innings.
The side backed up their batting performance with yet another strong bowling display, bowling Mallee Murray out for 112.
Cormican (2-7), Warburton (2-20) and Hangan (1-8) chipped in to secure the 38-run win.
On the top oval at Schramms Reserve, the under-16s dominated their 20-over clash, which was reduced due to a wet wicket square, from the outset.
The Rivers boys also batted first, punishing Mallee Murray in the field with a powerful hitting display.
Central Park-St Brendan’s batsman Connor Holland smashed Mallee Murray’s attack around the park in a 56-run partnership with Cobram opener Izac Artavilla (66) on his way to an unbeaten 51 from only 34 deliveries.
The big hitting helped the Rivers post an imposing 5-168 that Mallee was always going to find hard to chase down.
Shepparton United youngster Harry Tonks made sure that task was even harder with a run out in the first over, setting the tone in the field as Rivers completed four run outs for the second game in a row.
Tiger Ethan Baxter once again proved his bowling ability, taking 1-17 from three overs to help bowl Mallee out for 99 in his side’s big win.
Both sides play Metropolitan West today in search of a third straight win.