From fourth to No.1 United delivers best

February 28, 2018

Under-14 B-grade premier Shepparton United.

Shepparton United weathered anything that came its way this year in under-14 B-grade.

With matches cancelled due to heat and rain, United’s fourth-placed finish after the regular season did not reflect what it could achieve.

But lining up for the grand final against Tatura, the Russell Jarrett-led side put in one of the most notable performances of its summer.

‘‘It’s the most bizarre season I’ve ever witnessed and that’s going back a long time,’’ Jarrett said.

‘‘We only won two games for the whole year, no-one really rated us, which was fine.

‘‘We were in a position to win other games, but the second half was heated out or washed out, but the other teams were in the same situation.’’

A stirling bowling performance had United get on top of its opposition early with Reece Mulvihill starring with three wickets as Tatura was kept to 7-138.

In reply, Ashwath Ragade and Sam Adams decided they were not going anywhere in a hurry once they took to the crease.

Both retired on 41 not out to help United reach the total one wicket down.

Jarrett could not fault his side’s performances across grand final day and its semi-final win against Old Students.

‘‘We have been a good bowling team all year and that’s been our strength from the start of the season,’’ he said.

‘‘Our batting was exceptional in both (finals) games, we put in the two best batting performances we have all year.’’

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