Northern Rivers Shield

By Shepparton News

An all-round masterclass from Moama youngster Errol Burns has steered Goulburn Murray Cricket to victory in the under-16 final of the Northern Rivers Shield against Bendigo District Cricket Association.

The youngster top-scored with 56 runs off 126 balls and snared 3-20 to help his side claim the shield by nine runs.

GMC won the toss and elected to bat first, sending out opening pair Anthony DePasquale and Blake Evans.

However, Evans failed to capitalise with the bat as he was dismissed by Bendigo bowler Matt Morgan, who ended with figures of 4-18.

Burns then made his way to the crease and together with DePasquale, batted their way to a match-winning 53-run partnership.

A late cameo from Echuca South’s Joel Stephens (16) pushed GMC to 9-128 from its allocated overs.

Defending a low-total would prove no dramas for the GMC side, with Evans (Rochester) chipping in with ball in hand to walk away with terrific figures of 3-15.

In the under-14 final, Cricket Shepparton lost by the narrowest of margins, losing its Northern Rivers Shield match by one agonising run to Bendigo.

Mooroopna youngster Riley Moon (5-24) starred with the new ball, alongside Jai Bailey (2-5) as they tore through BDCA’s top-order.

With help from Pine Lodge’s Daniel Linton (2-8), Shepparton bowled out its opponents for 71.

Shepparton opener Keiran Hogeboom top-scored with 24 in the run chase, but once the opener was dismissed, the next four wickets fell for just sevens runs.

Junior representative cricket finishes up this weekend with the Junior Country Week Girls competition, which will be played at Cooma Recreation Reserve.