Arnika McGregor and Mardie Hamilton’s Vic Country has failed to secure a grand final berth in the Cricket Australia under-15 national championships in Canberra.
McGregor (Central Park-St Brendan’s) and Jerilderie product Hamilton spearheaded Country’s bowling attack at various times throughout the tournament, but it was not enough as batting collapses plagued the side.
Needing to win the final two games yesterday to keep their hopes alive, McGregor (1-18) and Hamilton (1-23) struck with the ball in the first match as NSW Metro compiled 5-130.
Country’s turn to bat started well at 1-55, but took a remarkable turn when it lost an unbelievable 9-19 to be routed for 74 in 16 overs.
McGregor made three from seven balls amid the collapse, while Hamilton did not bat.
The final match of the qualifying rounds pitted Country against Vic Metro in the first ever under-15 female Victorian derby.
Metro won the toss and batted and again McGregor (1-8) and Hamilton (1-11) claimed scalps on Country’s way to restricting Metro to 5-103 from 19 overs in a match reduced slightly by rain.
Both players got the chance to bat as Country chased down the total in the 18th over, but neither scored runs, with Hamilton at the non striker’s end as the winning boundary was hit.
The championship finishes tomorrow, with Country facing NSW Metro in the third place play-off after finishing the preliminary rounds in fourth place.