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Benalla cricketers win Keith Sherwill Shield

Benalla and District Cricket Association's under-17 squad won the Keith Sherwill Shield at last week's Junior Country Week.

January 16, 2014 4:13am

BDCA's under 17 squad won the Keith Sherwill Shield at junior country week.

Young Benalla cricketers soared to a stunning nine-wicket victory over Wangaratta to claim the Keith Sherwill Shield in last week’s Junior Country Week.

Competing in north-east region six, the under-17 side overcame a thumping at the hands of Wangaratta on Wednesday to claim the shield on Friday.

Benalla’s other three sides struggled against stronger opposition, with the under-13s managing one win out of their three games, and the under-14s and under-15s winless for the week.

Benalla came up against Wangaratta in the final at Findlay Oval and after winning the toss sent Wangaratta in to bat first.

It proved the correct decision on what was a seaming wicket; Benalla dismissed Wangaratta for just 54.

Fintan Brazil capped off a good week taking 3-6, with brother Nick taking 2-13 and Conor Brodie 2-4.

A shaky start to the innings saw Benalla collapse to 3-20 but the Brazil brothers came to the party to get their team home in the 21st over, finishing on 3-58.

Nick Brazil scored 34 not out including a towering six to hit up the winning runs, with Fintan scoring 10 not out.

Skipper James Cousins and stand-in coach Ken Cousins accepted the Keith Sherwill Shield from region president Neil Gregg.

The victory was made even sweeter with Nick named player of the finals and Fintan receiving the bowling award for the week, and selection in tournament organiser Neil Gregg’s Team of Country Week.

The squad’s path to the final came courtesy of two strong wins against Cricket Albury Wodonga sides on the first two days of the carnival.

They dismissed their opposition for just 60 after scoring 110 on Monday, with Nathan Purcell the star taking 3-5 off seven overs.

On Tuesday they dismissed the CAW Murray Council side for 67, then hit up the winning runs in just 14 overs, finishing at 2-73.

Nathan Purcell (3-11) and Fintan Brazil (3-10) did the damage with the ball, while Tom Webster (21), Cousins (20 not out) and Nathan Abley (19 not out) did the job with the bat.

On Wednesday Benalla played Wangaratta at Lords Oval in Mansfield and was badly beaten after Wangaratta scored 148 and Benalla could only manage 55 in reply.

BDCA president Trevor Saker said the week would not have been possible without the tireless work of BDCA junior co-ordinator Steve Brodie, managers Pete Rigby, Gary Abley and Tom Saker, umpires Mark O’Brien, Damien O’Brien, Tony Purcell and Chris Thomson, and parents.

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