Local cricketers steer Southern Riverina to third title in a row.
Four Deniliquin cricketers were part of Southern Riverina Cricket Council’s record-breaking third consecutive Suncorp Cup title this week.
Max Taylor, Mick Barnett, Todd Marshall and Liam Pitts were part of the winning side, which was captained by the 14 year-old Marshall, who was selected in the Riverina side for the third year in a row.
The talented offspiner will be joined by gun wicket keeper Barnett in the regional side, which will contest the 2013 Kookaburra Cup carnival to be held in Taree in January.
The Southern Riverina Steers went one better than last season when they won all three of their Suncorp Cup matches at the weekend.
Formerly known as the NAB Cup, the three-day under-14 carnival held at Hay involves the four cricket councils in the Riverina zone.
Incredibly, the Steers’ recent success of taking out four of the last six titles comes off the back of not winning a single match in the 17 years prior.
In the first match played on Saturday, Southern Riverina took care of Murray in the form of a 58-run win, with Marshall topping the scoring on 67 runs.
Riverina’s Nathan Oaks snared 4-19 from eight overs with the ball, while Marshall and Taylor both chimed in with one wicket each.
Behind the stumps Barnett finished with one catch and a stumping.
It didn’t take long for the reigning champions to reel in the win with Marshall and Clayton Scott (32) putting on a show. After 39.4 overs Riverina had knocked up 176 runs.
On Sunday, Southern Riverina backed up their first win with a solid 74-run crushing of Murrumbidgee.
Marshall was again a standout but it was with his spin bowling that he did the damage this time.
Winning the toss and batting first, Murrumbidgee could only make 107 as Marshall claimed 3-12 from six overs, including two maidens.
Barnett was again effective with the gloves, taking two catches and adding another stumping to his representative resume.
In reply, Southern Riverina finished 8/181 after 50 overs.
The final game of the carnival was the Cup decider with both Southern and Northern Riverina coming into the match undefeated.
It was, however, a one-sided affair with Southern Riverina making an absolute mockery of their Northern counterparts’ batting line-up.
Winning the toss for the first time in the championships, the Steers chose to bat and made a respectable total of 122 with Marshall topping the scoring on 25 runs.
The electric Southern Riverina bowling attack then had Northern Riverina all out for 41 by the 24th over.
There was a shocking six ducks in the Northern line-up with only one batsman making more than 10 runs.
Barnett was on fire behind the stumps, taking a game-high three catches and racking up yet another stumping, while Marshall had a spell from bowling.
As well as being chosen in the under-14 Riverina side, Marshall will contest the 2013 Bradman Cup in Nowra next year as part of the under-16 squad.
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