Echuca Cricket Club's under 16 side defeated Moama in the Goulburn Murray Cricket grand final.By Geordie Cowan
A five-wicket haul from man-of-the-match Brandon Byrne helped Echuca earn the under 16 Goulburn Murray Cricket title at the picture-perfect Moama Recreation Reserve yesterday.
Moama White was travelling quite well in its chase of 148 for victory at 3/76 in the 25th over, before Byrne took four wickets in nine balls to put Echuca well on top.
‘‘It was really good,’’ Echuca captain Brendan Moyle said.
‘‘I think all the boys contributed today, whether it was bat, ball or field.
‘‘Everyone was up and about and that’s what happens when everyone has a good day.
‘‘The boys did well all year and it was the perfect way to finish it off.’’
Echuca was already set up for the win after it won the toss and batted, with Moyle starring with the bat.
Moyle retired on 51 after spending 101 minutes at the crease, playing a steady role as his teammates batted around him.
Opener Declan Hancock (10), Mitch Frew (30), Adam Southwell (18) and Chevy Cocks (12) helped boost the run rate towards the end of the innings as the team added 59 runs in the last 10 overs to finish with 6/147.
Jake Toll (2/39) was the best bowler for the home side, while Jayden Dixon (1/13), Sam Clift (1/11) and Alistair McCann (1/29) were the other wicket-takers.
Moyle said the team was ‘‘really pleased’’ to get close to 150 after estimating the par score to be about 135.
‘‘Mitchy Frew did really well, got stuck in and towards the end everyone had a bit of a go and it just shows that extra 20 to 30 runs is crucial,’’ he said.
In its reply, Josh Platt played a starring role for Moama to score 47 runs, but save for Dixon (11) and Liam Gallagher (10), the team struggled to get runs as the end came quickly, losing its last seven wickets for just 10 runs.
Byrne (5/12) was the stand out bowler, while wickets also went to Southwell (1/11), Moyle (1/11), Frew (1/20) and Peter Warman (1/4).
Moama White captain Toll said his team started the match well but was unable to hold it for most of the match.
‘‘We were confident early, getting quite a few quick wickets, but we just dropped after the drinks break and just lost it,’’ he said.
‘‘Credit to them, they did bat well in that period too, but 147, on this ground, anything can happen.
‘‘Early on we looked good with the bat then just had a period where wickets fell and that put us in a bit of a hole.
‘‘Credit to our boys, we had a really good year and they’re a bunch of good blokes.’’
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