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Cricket victory for Moama juniors

Moama junior cricketers defeated Echuca South to win the Goulburn Murray Cricket under 14 premiership.

March 10, 2014 4:38am

Batsman Hayden James and bowler Nick Witchell.


Moama Black capped off a dominant under 14 Goulburn Murray Cricket season by claiming a seven-wicket grand final win against Echuca South.

Set a total of 81 runs to win by the Swans on Thursday afternoon, Moama Black showed maturity and a level-headedness throughout Friday’s innings according to coach Barry Moyle, wicket-keeper Lachlan Devlin hitting the winning runs in the 32nd over to ultimately claim the premiership.

‘‘I’m very relieved,’’ Moyle said.

‘‘(We’re) a very even team, the boys don’t rely on any one player and we showed that on Friday, which was really pleasing.’’

After bowling the Swans out with time left on day one, Moama Black faced a crucial five-over window with the bat before stumps.

Captain Todd Murphy fell early, bowled by Tyrone McKeown (1/4), a massive blow to Moama Black’s chances given Murphy’s influence with the bat this season.

Composed knocks from Hudson Moyle (9) and Hayden James (16 retired), however, steadied the ship, the pair’s 44-run partnership handing Moama Black the ascendancy.

James retired and Moyle was eventually dismissed, allowing Billy Gallagher (16) and Luke Devlin (7 not out) to continue the march to victory.

Echuca South’s Carter Williams (2/5) chimed in with two wickets, first Moyle then Gallagher, to give the Swans a hopeful sniff.

But Williams’ final wicket would be Echuca South’s last as Devlin helped himself to the winning runs.

‘‘Lachlan (Devlin) actually had a great day,’’ Moyle said.

‘‘He was our wicket-keeper for the first half of the innings and picked up a stumping before having a bowl later in the day and taking a couple of wickets.’’

The victory was a combination of two key moments in the game according to the Moama Black coach.

The first was when Echuca South cruised to 0/36 at about the eight-over mark, Moyle said his charges kept their composure, eventually pegging the Swans back with tight bowling.

The disciplined bowling contributed to seven Echuca South batsmen being clean bowled.

The second was Murphy’s early departure, to which the rest of the side responded by playing a composed brand of cricket.

Echuca South coach Gary Williams praised his players for their efforts, in particularly Thomas Witchell who earned man-of-the-match honours, courtesy of his 28 runs.

‘‘Tom (Witchell) batted really well all year and was superb again on Thursday, as was Tyrone (McKeown)’’ Williams said.

‘‘We just didn’t make enough runs, a score 80 is pretty difficult to defend in 40 overs.

‘‘Hopefully we can come back next year and take our chance.’’

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