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Cubs are clubbing rivals for runs

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January 15, 2018

No interference here: Shepparton United's Matthew Barclay watches on as Central Park-St Brendan's Josh Larkin gains valuable runs from his bowling.

Quick single: Central Park-St Brendan's playing coach Andrew Cowen finds another run.

Let it rip: Shepparton United's Ethan Warburton puts everything into the delivery.

The young brigade led Central Park-St Brendan’s to a certain victory against Shepparton United, before rain intervened.

With three of the six batsmen that spent time at the crease aged 21 or younger, the Tigers certainly have talent for years to come.

On Saturday they demonstrated this with Connor Holland, 16, a strength at the top of the order.

Opening the batting for the second time this season, Holland piled on 64 runs to top score at Princess Park.

The hockey talent was well supported by a top order where no-one failed to score.

Having missed matches while playing for Victoria Country, Josh Larkin returned to post 39 runs as Rhiley Lau, 21, reached 37 before being bowled.

High level sporting commitments meant the young brigade was absent from Haisman Shield for much of last month and Central Park-St Brendan’s coach Andrew Cowan was thrilled to have them back in the side.

‘‘Larkin hadn’t played for a month, so we’re getting closer to getting our best side back on the park and I think we can mix it with anyone when we’ve got our best team out there,’’ he said.

It was not just a day reserved for the rising stars.

Cowen himself made 40 before being caught and bowled by Matthew Barclay and Brendan Scott (25) also got a start, while Ramadan Yze remained unbeaten at the end of 45 overs.

‘‘The pleasing part was that we were four down at the end of 45 overs and we did what we wanted to do by combining with really good partnerships, but also built lots of single (scores),’’ Cowen said.

Posting 4-217, Cowen gave the newly laid pitch at John Riordan Oval the tick of approval.

‘‘It’s pretty good actually, I think everyone was looking forward to playing in good conditions and it’s come up well,’’ he said.

‘‘There certainly should be plenty of runs for batters, so they should look forward to it.’’

Just the trusty Rehan Bari put up a fight for Shepparton United, notching 37.

Tigers young gun Ethan Baxter made sure to join in the fun with 2-16 as play was stopped in the 16th over with United 6-53.

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