Deniliquin youngster plays a part at state cricket carnival.
Riverina’s under-16 cricket side, which included Deniliquin’s Todd Marshall, went down in all three of its matches at the statewide Bradman Cup this week.
Despite an encouraging effort, the side’s first loss came at the hands of the Southern zone on Monday before going down to Central Coast on Tuesday and then Central Northern on Wednesday.
Marshall, who is only 14, impressed his coaches with both bat and ball and said he gained ‘‘a lot of experience’’ from the three-day tournament.
In ideal conditions at Hayden Drexel Oval in Nowra on Monday, Riverina won the toss and elected to bat first but was eventually outclassed by a strong finishing Southern line-up.
‘‘Conditions were lovely - the weather was lovely and the pitch looked good, ’’ Riverina coach David Nichols said.
‘‘We elected to bat first as we work on the theory that you should always bat first and get first use of the pitch.’’
Blair Henery, who plays for Jerilderie’s A grade side in the Deniliquin District Cricket Association, opened the batting with Lachie Lane but the pair failed to make an impact.
Riverina’s highest run scorer was Wagga’s Tom Byrnes, who made a solid 41.
Although it was a 50 over game, Riverina only lasted 32.5 for a total of 146 and were sent in to bowl before the tea break.
A determined attack, led by Moama’s Jake Toll, soon had Southern in trouble at 4/50.
After the break Riverina was able to secure itself two more quick wickets, leaving Southern 6/83 before late order partnerships sealed victory in only 30.1 overs.
Toll was Riverina’s best bowler, finishing with tidy figures of 3-27 off five overs, while Marshall’s spin bowling had the opposition batsmen on the back foot.
He finished with 0-18 off 4.1 overs.
The following day, Riverina was convincingly rolled by Central Coast.
After losing the toss they were sent in to bat first at Berry and struggled to make a solid score. Wickets fell at regular intervals and Riverina were all out for 77.
Central Coast then chased down the score within 17 overs and had seven wickets to spare.
One of the three wickets Riverina took was Marshall’s, who had figures of 1-11 off 1.5 overs.
The last day of the competition saw Marshall’s boys take on the undefeated Central Northern at the Nowra Showgrounds.
Batting first, Central Northern made a monstrous total of 5/308 due to the hard work of James Psarakis (93) and Max Houlahan (64).
Of Riverina’s bowlers, Marshall was the most economic, pitching seven overs and only being hit for 17 runs. Two of his overs were maidens.
In reply to Central Northern’s total, Riverina started strongly and were 3/75 at one stage. After that, however, they lost six wickets wickets for 20 runs until Oliver and Marshall joined each other at the crease.
The pair put on a 67-run last wicket stand with Marshall (15) playing textbook strokes and Oliver (55 n.o.) sending the ball all over the park.
The fightback ended when Marshall was run out by Psarakis but it wasn’t the end of Marshall’s time with Riverina.
The Deniliquin High School Year 9 student will vice-captain Riverina’s under-14 side at the Kookaburra Cup in Taree next week.
Joining Marshall in the side will be gun wicket keeper and fellow Deniliquin cricketer Mick Barnett.
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