Young Cricket Shepparton talent was on display again yesterday, with wins all round.
Northern Rivers under-16s agonisingly missed out on a semi-final berth on net run rate in the Cricket Victoria state championships.
Rivers downed Barwon in a nailbiter in the last pool match of the week, but it was not enough, missing second spot in their conference by 0.31 run rate.
The win was set up courtesy of a brilliant batting performance from Strathdale-Maristians’ James Vlaeminck, who fell just short of a century when he was caught for 99.
Central Park-St Brendan’s talent Connor Holland contributed 11 runs to the imposing Rivers total of 6-218.
Fellow Tigers gun Ethan Baxter and Shepparton United fast bowler Harry Tonks led the bowling attack, taking 1-43 and 1-38 respectively to help keep Barwon to 9-217 in a thriller at Melbourne University.
The under-16s wrap up their tournament today against Metro Outer South at Wesley College in the fifth place playoff.
Northern Rivers under-14s also defeated Barwon, dominating with the bat to chase down 8-143 with ease. The boys reached the total for the loss of only three wickets, but it was not enough to sneak into a major semi-final berth as other results conspired against them.
Rivers will play Metropolitan Inner East, who finished third in the east conference, at Bulleen today.
Connor Hangan (Old Students) had a return to form with the bat, hitting 29 from 30 deliveries at the top of the order to set a quick pace in the chase.
Central Park-St Brendan’s duo Patrick Cormican (12) and Mitchell Trevaskis (one) missed out on the runs feast in the Rivers’ total of 7-233.
Hangan also contributed with the ball, snaring a wicket in the last over for figures of 1-20 from four.
Cormican (0-22) and Shepparton United’s Ethan Warburton (0-19) were economical without reward on the Princes Park number three pitch.
Meanwhile, the Cricket Australia female under-15 national championships continued in Canberra.
Central Park-St Brendan’s star Arnika McGregor and Jerilderie product Mardie Hamilton performed well in Vic Country’s big win over Western Australia.
Neither girl had the opportunity to bat after Country’s top order fired to post a mammoth 6-283 from just 40 overs, but made up for it with the ball.
McGregor ripped the heart out of the West Australian top order, taking two scalps in her second over on the way to figures of 3-21 from four.
Hamilton, on the back of a best bowling performance of 3-16 in Country’s first round win over South Australia, kept the pressure on the batting order to finish with 0-32 from seven overs and help bowl Western Australia out for 169.
Country sits atop the ladder after two rounds and plays Tasmania today.