Junior Country Week glory for regional teams

By Alex Mitchell

Goulburn Murray Cricket claimed the under-17 title at Northern Rivers Junior Country Week in scintillating fashion, finishing with an undefeated 6-0 record to comfortably take victory.

Heading to the final day of play, both GMC and Bendigo District Cricket Association boasted a 4-0 record before two head-to-head matches were both taken by the former.

GMC needed an impressive bowling display to win the opening game of the day, defending its mediocre 8-86 from 20 overs by limiting the BDCA to 7-76.

Anthony De Pasquale was an absolute hero with the bat making an unbeaten 38, with Ryan Thomson’s 31 also incredibly necessary.

De Pasquale was at it again in the second contest making 45 opening the batting, but Will Devlin went even better posting an unbeaten 51 as the side made 6-111.

Each of the six GMC bowlers picked up a wicket as the side knocked over BDCA for 84 to seal the crown.

De Pasquale proved the best batsmen of the week, making 173 runs at an average of 43.3, Cricket Shepparton’s Andrew Lloyd also excelling with 171 at 42.8.

It was a tougher campaign for Cricket Shepparton, going 2-4 for the week with both wins coming on the final day against the Murray Valley Cricket Association.

Lloyd’s 67 not out and Blake Armstrong’s 4-12 were highlights from the morning’s win, before the duo made 48 not out and 23 not out respectively in the second contest to deliver another result.

●Goulburn Murray Cricket enjoyed more success at the under-15 level, knocking off Bendigo in Thursday’s final.

Sent in to bat, GMC had a string of contributors on its way to 9-160, with Luka Van de Zand (32), Bohden Learmonth (28) and Errol Burns (17 not out) standing out.

Burns made it a day to remember, picking up 4-17 from nine overs with the ball as GMC rolled Bendigo for 108 to claim the title.

●Cricket Shepparton is celebrating after a huge win in the under-13A grand final.

In a derby clash with GMC, Shepparton’s finest benefited greatly from a Tyler Green masterpiece, the opener making a sizzling 40 as the side posted a total of 106 from 35 overs.

Captain James Jarrett chipped in with 16 and Riley Dawson found 12, while Levi Hone picked up a breath-taking 4-5 from five overs.

The side wasted no time tearing through the GMC line-up, knocking it off for 66 with seven different bowlers picking up scalps.

Mitchell Walters looked the goods with 3-9, Oliver Warburton the other multiple wicket-taker with 2-13.

●Cricket Shepparton’s under-13B side made it a memorable double, smashing Bendigo in Thursday’s final.

The side put on a batting masterclass making 6-157 from 40 overs, with Reeve Verhoeven (42 not out) and Cohen Paul (40 not out) each retiring unbeaten.

Bendigo dug in and batted out its 40 overs but would not get close to the target, finishing at 8-114.

Harry McDonald picked up two wickets in the final, while Cohen Hall was responsible for two run-outs.