Cricket Australia’s under-15 national championship continued at the weekend in Canberra, with local Shepparton talent on display for Vic Country.
Central Park-St Brendan’s prodigy Arnika McGregor and Jerilderie product Mardie Hamilton have displayed immense talent across the tournament’s early matches.
McGregor’s championship highlight came on Thursday in Country’s big win over Western Australia, taking 3-21 from four overs to decimate the opposition top order.
Hamilton, who plays for Essendon Maribyrnong Park Ladies Cricket Club, starred in the opening match of the tournament, taking 3-6 from eight overs to help Country defeat South Australia.
After Friday’s match against Tasmania was lost due to rain ahead of Saturday’s rest day, Country began rustily in its top-of-the-table clash against ACT/NSW Country yesterday.
In the first of four Twenty20s to finish the preliminary stages, Country was 5-65 before being bundled out for 72 in 17.2 overs.
Hamilton could not break through with the ball, finishing with figures of 0-16 from four overs as Country suffered a nine wicket loss.
McGregor was rested for the match.
At the time of writing Country had Queensland at 1-25 after three overs in the second Twenty20 of the day, with Hamilton (1-13) and McGregor (0-11) opening the bowling.
Country managed 7-94 in its 20 overs.