Smiling like Cheshire Cats

February 28, 2018

Under-14 A-grade premier Mooroopna.

Mooroopna completed an unbeaten season on its way to the under-14 A-grade title on Sunday.

The Cats claimed victory over Notre Dame-St Brendan’s by 21 runs to add another trophy to their cabinet after also securing the weather-affected Keath Big Hit 25/25 championship by finishing on top of table.

After winning the toss and deciding to have first use of the Vibert Reserve pitch, Mooroopna opener and captain Ben Woods set about compiling a strong total.

His 41 retired from 85 deliveries allowed Riley Moon (42 retired not out) to lift the pace down the order and help the Cats to 6-148 in their 45 overs.

Moon was ably assisted by Ryley Issell (24 from 62), while Tasman Hall (three from 20) deadened the effectiveness of the new ball at the top of the order.

For the Tigers, Haris Hassan (2-6 from seven overs) and William Browne (2-33) snared multiple wickets, while Keiran Hogeboom (1-13 from six) also chimed in.

Hogeboom was resolute at the top of the order as the Tigers began their chase, facing 43 deliveries for his 16 runs.

Fellow opener Hasan Abdullah (two from 12) fell early in the piece, but after Steele Simpson (42) and James Nieuwenhuizen (26) took control of the contest and took the score to 2-110, it looked as if the Tigers would reel in the required total comfortably.

However, the Cats had other ideas.

Led by Jack Morcom (2-8), Ryley Marshall (2-26) and Moon (2-13), Mooroopna engineered a batting collapse where the Tigers lost their last eight wickets for 17 runs.

Ryley Issell (1-14), Kobie Issell (1-1) and Ben Butts (1-17) also celebrated wickets during the defence as the Cats cycled through nine bowlers to complete the premiership success.

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