Numurkah claims under-16A one-day grand final

By Alex Mitchell

Composed batting across the board helped Numurkah claim the Cricket Shepparton under-16A one-day grand final on Sunday at Deakin Reserve.

Against Euroa, the Blues won the toss, batted, and got the job done with each member of its top six reaching double-figures.

Dustan Ebborn opened things up with Hunter Verhoeven and the duo added 33 together, before Magpie Marcello Mercuri bowled Ebborn for 14.

Verhoevenn retired on 10 and the next duo would also not be dismissed, with Bailey Smith and captain Bailey Roberts each making 13 off 20 balls before retiring.

But Dylan Craven came to the crease and played with intent, carving 21 off 18 balls to help the side push toward a commanding total in the 25-over match.

Euroa fought back with some late wickets, but not enough to stop the Blues posting 5-125.

In reply, the Magpies needed a strong start, but lost Ryan Hill early for nine to sit 1-10.

But Euroa pushed on well as captain Josh Robertson took over, compiling 26 runs off 29 balls as wickets fell around him.

From 2-73, the Magpies found the going tough and quickly lost 7-16, with their final wicket the retirement of Darby Wilson, who did not return to the game.

Callum Morris took 2-7, while Verhoeven also picked up a fair share of wickets to help the Blues seal the 36-run win.

It completed an undefeated one-day campaign for the Blues in which they won six games.