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Country Week teams miss out on finals

Goulburn Murray Cricket’s representatives competed in Junior Country Week.

GEORDIE COWAN January 10, 2014 4:04am

Sean O'Farrell is bowled by Goulburn Murray's Paul Brian.


Goulburn Murray Cricket’s representatives performed well without excelling at Junior Country Week this week.

Both the under 16A and B teams came close to reaching a spot in the final with narrow losses on the Wednesday, while the under 14 team was competitive in all its matches.

Under 16A

Carrying on from its 22-run win on Monday, Goulburn Murray did well to bat out its overs against Murray Valley on Tuesday.

Moama’s Jayden Dixon (19), Anthony McMahon (22) and Echuca’s Brandon Byrne (28) were the mainstays with the bat, while Rochester United’s Jordan Hageman finished on 15 not out as the team scored 7/124 from its 45 overs.

Early wickets to Byrne (2/19) and McMahon (1/7) saw Murray Valley at 3/21, before a 50-run partnership between Bailey Bell (36) and Bowen Smith (17) put the home side back in charge.

Cooma’s Drew Barrett — who took a superb 1/7 from nine overs — made the breakthrough and also ran out the other established batsmen as Murray Valley lost 5/6.

Despite some late hitting, Goulburn Murray won by 14 runs, with Moama’s Clay McGregor (2/8) and Northern United’s Lachie Thompson (1/15) the other wicket-takers.

In the last game, Goulburn Murray had the chance to face reigning champion Cricket Shepparton in the final if it defeated Bendigo which was yet to win a game.

Unfortunately, the team was bowled out for 77 at Cooma, with only Byrne (17) and Barrett (19 not out) reaching double figures.

Byrne (2/17), McMahon (4/15) and Cooma’s Ryan Burt (1/6) took the wickets, but despite having Bendigo at 6/43, the visitors reached the target with three wickets in hand.

The team missed out on the final on percentage from Seymour District Cricket Association.

Under 16B

After losing to Cricket ACT on the opening day, Goulburn Murray responded well with an eight-wicket win against Murray Valley on Tuesday.

Playing at Katunga, Goulburn Murray sent the home team into bat and proceeded to bowl it out for 83.

Echuca’s Ned Lanyon took 3/4 and Kyabram Fire Brigade’s Brodie Mulcahy took 2/10 from eight overs, while five other players took one wicket each.

Respective Tongala and Fire Brigade openers Alec Maguire (13) and Angus McKenzie (26) gave the team a good start, before Flames pair Ben McDonnell (15 not out) and Jake Gascoyne (32 not out) pushed the team to the big victory.

Playing against Shepparton on Wednesday, the team knew a win would put it in the final.

Bowling first at Windridge oval, the team took regular wickets with Mulcahy 2/12 and McKenzie (2/31) the leading wicket-takers, while Tongala’s Bailey Cox bowled superbly to take 1/10 from eight overs with Shepparton out for 122.

The team struggled early and fell to 4/36, but a 36-run partnership between Rochester United’s James McPhee and Lanyon (17) put the team back in the contest.

Unfortunately, wickets kept falling and despite the best efforts of McPhee, who finished on 40, the team was bowled out eight runs short on 114.

The final was played between ACT and Shepparton.

Under 14

Goulburn Murray was a little unlucky during Country Week, being the third-highest scorer of the group but unable to win a game.

In the opening match against Shepparton Colts at Mathoura, wickets from Tongala’s Elijah Gillie (3/16) and Rochester United’s Matt Kellett (2/10) and Paul Brian (2/29) helped restrict the opposition to 9/98.

A horror start meant the home team was always trailing, with Northern United’s Nick McKenner (12), Moama’s Nick Phillips (23) and Echuca South’s Clayton Thompson (16) the only players to reach double figures as the team was bowled out for 84.

Goulburn Murray had to chase a bigger total of 5/140 in the second game against Murray Valley, with Tongala’s Bailey Waasdorp (2/26) the only multiple wicket-taker.

Again the team struggled at the top, but a 63-run partnership between Echuca’s Trent Campbell (24) and McKenner (34) gave the team some hope.

Cooma’s Sam Langley (13) and Thompson (12) also chipped in, but again the team fell 14 runs short.

The team had less success in the final match against Bendigo District.

Bowling first again, Kellett (2/24) and Brian (2/43) were the main wicket-takers as the visitors scored 7/162 at Moama.

Echuca’s Jordan Frew (17) and Moama’s Billy Gallagher (19) gave the team a good start but, despite other efforts from Thompson (13) and Stanhope’s Josh Densley (12) and Jorge Maxwell (14), the team was bowled out for 107.

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