Youth Premier League action has resumed after a break for the holidays, and local cricketing products are once again giving their all for Northern Rivers.
The under-14 and under-17 female championships will reach a conclusion this week, with the Rivers sides working hard to be in the hunt for glory.
In the older age group Rivers have had a tough start to the week, dropping both games on Monday as well as yesterday morning’s affair against Mallee.
Yea Tigers product Abby Christie (1-13) and Eastern Hill’s Madison Albers (1-7) were the only bowlers to find success against the Falcons on Monday as the batting side racked up 4-111 from its 20 overs.
Central Park-St Brendan’s and Shepparton United women’s product Helena Hosie (10) was among the top scorers as Rivers came close to chasing the target down, but was eventually all-out for 95.
On Monday afternoon it was Cobram’s Lilly Bond (2-23) and Yea Tigers’ Ruby O’Dwyer (1-14) who were among the wickets as the Waves made 5-90 batting first.
Again it was only a small margin that Rivers missed out on victory by in the chase, with O’Dwyer (six) and Euroa’s Olivia Gall (six not out) battling hard with the bat in the low-scoring contest.
Rivers managed 6-72 against Mallee yesterday, but only Albers (1-6) could break through with the ball as the opposition cruised to victory.
The younger Rivers girls have found more success this week, and sat third on their table with a record of 3-1 after four matches.
A brilliant bowling performance on Monday morning — led by Old Students’ Mia Earl (2-4) and Bamawm-Lockington United duo Maddison Pearse (2-6) and Arielle Glatte (1-6) — restricted the Falcons to 6-60 from their 20 overs.
Echuca’s Grace Moyle (12) then did her bit to have Rivers claim success in the 13th over with seven wickets in hand.
Central Park-St Brendan’s talent Gemma Boyd (18 not out from 35 deliveries) played a lone hand with the bat in Rivers’ next clash as her side was restricted to 6-51 from 20 overs by the Waves.
Despite Boyd then taking 2-17 from two overs with the ball — alongside Earl’s 1-16 — the Waves were too strong with bat in hand and snared success.
Rivers bounced back magnificently yesterday morning though, defeating Mallee comfortably.
Glatte (2-6), Moyle (40 retired not out) and Boyd (39 not out) were the standout performers.