All-round efforts have Bloods pumping

February 28, 2018

Under-16 B-grade premier Karramomus.

The versatility of Karramomus’ under-16 side paved the way for it to claim a premiership at the weekend.

The Bloods snared the under-16 B-grade title at Mooroopna’s John Gray Oval with a 27-run victory against Northerners.

Jayden Dhosi (62 retired not out) pushed the pace well for the Bloods after Cooper Delahey (18), Billy Jones (15) and Zac Groombridge (27) had laid a solid platform at the top of the order.

‘‘The opening pair did what they were asked to do and got things moving nicely,’’ Karramomus president Nathan Delahey said.

‘‘Jayden had a real good run this season and played plenty of senior cricket, and you can see that has helped a lot.’’

Connor Michel (17) joined in the fun late in the innings to steer the total to 7-165 in 45 overs.

Brock Austin (3-13) and George Goodman (2-10) did most of the damage for the Jets with the ball, with the side then beginning the chase in great touch.

Openers Luca Mamone (20) and Clayton Simpson (38) compiled a 48-run initial stand, but as the run rate required began to climb it forced the Jets to attempt to pick up the pace.

‘‘A bit of scoreboard pressure really helped,’’ Delahey said.

‘‘Northerners really had to start opening the shoulders and helped the boys take the wickets.’’

Remarkably, the Bloods used 11 bowlers to defend the total — the depth of their attack proving too much to handle for the Jets’ lower order.

‘‘We’re allowed 13 players on the team, and it makes it very handy when all 13 can actually bowl,’’ Delahey said.

‘‘It helps when you have the likes of Chris Keady (Bloods under-16 coach) showing them all how it’s done.’’

Ned Walters (23) also passed 20 for the Jets, but the side lost its last five wickets for eight runs to fall just short of glory.

Michel (2-11) and Groombridge (2-12) finished with the most rewards out of the six Bloods to claim wickets.

‘‘It was a great game and both us and Northerners played it in a great spirit,’’ Delahey said.

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