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It all clicks to be a real force

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February 28, 2018

Under-12 premiers Shepparton United.

Widespread development across the season resulted in Shepparton United hoisting up the under-12 A-grade Cricket Shepparton flag on Sunday.

United produced an all-round performance to see off Karramomus and officially secure its status as the best team in the competition.

The premier side went through the season undefeated, but co-coach Connor Green said it was not until midway through the summer when the team became a force.

‘‘It’s been really good, at the start of the year we didn’t think we had as much of a shot, but the boys progressed and got better and jelled as a team and clicked just before Christmas,’’ he said.

Taking on Karramomus in the final, Ashton Young and Oliver Warburton made the greatest impact with the bat as both retired not out.

Having posted 4-151 for the Bloods to chase, United was in the box seat to claim another piece of silverware for the season.

Every player was able to send down a few deliveries, with Karramomus all out for 110.

Green was thrilled with the performance in the field that resulted in two run outs as it had been a key focus all year.

‘‘Myself and the other coach Travis (Frost) put a lot of work into bowling and fielding because batting comes second to us, it’s more of a team thing to field and bowl well together,’’ he said.

With seven players heading into the under-14s next season, Green heaped praise on the leadership from top-age team members.

‘‘Tyler Green, Oliver Warburton, Ashton Young and the older boys got us over the line,’’ he said.

‘‘Ned Byrne also contributed really well and young Logan (Lawson-Banks) is only in his second year of cricket, so for him to come out and play some shots was great.’’

Shepparton United also celebrated with the Big Hit 25/25 trophy on Sunday after topping the table in the competition that had its final abandoned due to weather.

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