Cricket Shepparton’s youngest members kicked off their season at the weekend, with plenty of fresh faces ready to tackle another summer on the region’s pitches.
A great all-round performance from Karramomus Gold’s Nick Mori was not enough to steer his side to victory against Euroa on Saturday.
Mori took 2-2 from five overs opening the bowling for the Keath Big Hit under-14 team to help restrict the away side to 4-111 from its 25 overs before smashing 34 not out in the failed chase of 9-76.
It was a family affair for the victors, with siblings making up more than half the team.
Brothers Nick and Ryan Hill and Fletcher and Cohen Paul suited up alongside sisters Georgia and Olivia Gall to help get Euroa over the line.
Nick (23 retired), Ryan and Fletcher (20 retired) did the damage with the bat while the latter also managed bowling figures of 2-4.
Shepparton United clearly claimed the title of best batting innings of the opening round, hitting 2-165 after bowling Kyabram out for 36.
Nine of United’s 11 players to take to the crease finished not out, with Reece Mulvihill’s 22 retired the highest individual score.
Other results had Mooroopna defeating Notre Dame-St Brendan’s, Karramomus Red sneaking home past Northerners Red, Old Students finding a win against Pine Lodge and Numurkah claiming the points against Tatura Red.
●Mooroopna’s Liam Hall proved the most productive bowler of the Blizzard Big Hit under-16 competition in round one, taking 3-6 in his side’s win against Tatura.
Karramomus Red’s Billy Jones (3-12), Shepparton United’s Ethan Warburton (3-12) and Pine Lodge’s Zachary Clark-Lines (3-15) also engineered three wickets across the division.
Meanwhile, Pine Lodge’s Will Batey smashed the highest score of the weekend with 45.
●Shepparton United Maroon was the only team to reach triple figures in the Sidebottom Big Hit under-12 competition, with Walter Jackson (25 not out) and Tyler Green (27 not out) leading the charge to victory against Numurkah.
Liam Prior took 3-4 with the ball to help Notre Dame-St Brendan’s defeat Old Students White by 13 runs.
Northerners, Old Students Blue and Mooroopna also began the new season with wins.