Goulburn Murray inflicts hurt on Shepparton at Junior Country Week

By Alex Mitchell

Goulburn Murray made a huge start to Northern Rivers Junior Country Week, handing Cricket Shepparton a pair of strong defeats on the opening day of play.

The morning contest had GMC bat first and post a competitive 8-137 from its 20 overs, a brilliant middle-order display from Angus Martin (44 off 33 balls) driving the side.

Anthony De Pasquale was also strong making 39, while Harry Murdoch took 2-10 for CS.

The chase proved difficult for CS with Jaxon Thomas (16) and Andrew Lloyd (15) leading the way, but the side would finish at just 7-93.

Rylea Jones was GMC’s most damaging bowler taking 3-15.

Game two had plenty of the same, with GMC batting first and making 3-144.

De Pasquale was again on fire with 51 off 41 balls, Charlie Ryan (39 off 35) and Ethan Palma-Ludeman (34 not out off 34 balls) also delivering.

CS could not respond, held to 8-64 from 20 overs with Kody Jackson’s 15 the top score.

●There was more success for Goulburn Murray Cricket at the under-15 level, seeing off Cricket Shepparton in a thriller.

After being skittled for 103 — in which CS’s Bailey Roberts reeled off 3-10 — GMC produced with the ball to pinch a four-run win.

Dustan Ebborn top-scored for CS with 19, while Reily Menhenett (16) and Preston Hall (15) did what they could.

CS was also defeated in its second contest, unable to chase Bendigo’s total of 132 from 40 overs.

Reece Mulvihill took a crisp 4-10 with the ball, but CS could not find batting contributors outside of Menhenett’s 38 off 44 balls and was knocked over for 91.

●Cricket Shepparton’s under-13As started their campaign in style, beating Goulburn Murray Cricket by 49 runs.

CS made 9-111 batting first, James Jarrett in elite form carving 30 runs, with Tyler Green and Decland Newbound each finding 16.

GMC’s bats could not deal with a ferocious CS attack in being rolled for 62, Darby Wilson and Riley Dawson each taking three wickets.

CS made it two wins from two starts on the second day of play, winning a thrilling contest against Bendigo.

After keeping its opposition to 7-99, CS had just one wicket in hand when it tracked down the target.

●Cricket Shepparton’s under-13B side proved too strong for Bendigo on the first day of play with a 53-run win, and made it two wins in a row after chasing down Seymour’s 8-95 with two wickets in hand after Harry McDonald’s patient 11 not out off 73 balls.