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Murphy to captain Riverina side

Moama's Todd Murphy has been chosden to captain the under 14 Riverina side next week.

GEORDIE COWAN January 11, 2014 4:04am

Moama’s Todd Murphy will captain the Riverina cricket side at the Kookaburra Country Cup in Newcastle next week.

Young Moama cricketer Todd Murphy will captain the under 14 Riverina side at the Kookaburra Country Cup at Newcastle next week.

It is a great achievement for the 13-year-old who, as a bottom-age player, impressed selectors with his all-round performances and impressed the umpires with his captaincy.

Murphy was one of only three Southern Riverina players to be selected for the team after competing at the Hay under 14 carnival last week.

Playing from Thursday to Saturday last week in ideal weather conditions, Southern Riverina boasted four other Moama juniors — Jack Russell, Jack McHale, Alistair McCann and Nick Phillips.

Murphy scored 90 runs as a middle-order batsmen and took three wickets, while leg-spinner McCann took four wickets and scored 30 runs.

Russell scored 32 in the opening game, McHale took three catches and had a run-out and Phillips took 2/10 in the last match.

The team, which had won the past three titles at Hay, won its first game against Murray, then lost by 11 runs to eventual winner Northern Riverina and then lost to Murrumbidgee.

Riverina will play from Monday to Thursday next week.

‘‘It’s a pretty good honour, especially as I’m bottom-age,’’ Murphy said of his selection as captain.

‘‘It is my first competition with Riverina.

‘‘I’m a bit nervous, but I should be fine.’’

The rest of the team comprises players from Leeton, Griffith, Hay, Waaia, Temora and Albury, while the coaches are from Barooga, Leeton and Harden.

The carnival ended the Riverina Cricket Zone junior programs, with Murray (under 17), Southern Riverina (under 16) and Northern Riverina (under 14) winning the three different carnivals.

Moama cricketers Joel Murphy and Clayton Scott represented Riverina at the under 16 Country Cricket NSW Bradman Cup in Newcastle this week.

Opening the batting, Murphy (5), Scott (0) and the team struggled on a difficult pitch against Southern to be all out for 111, with the opponents reaching the target four wickets down on Monday.

Playing Illawarra on Tuesday, Riverina was set a target of 176.

Murphy (40), coming in at first drop, starred alongside opener Jordan Neill (66) as they added 112 runs together to put Riverina well on top.

The team then lost 5/19 to be 6/150, but Scott (13 not out) helped guide the team to victory by four wickets in the 48th over.

In the final game on Wednesday, Riverina had hosts Newcastle struggling at 5/50 but the team rallied to finish on 8/173 from the 50 overs.

Murphy (35), opening again, batted well for the second day in a row to put on 80 runs with Mitchell Cleeland (34) and despite the efforts of Scott (11) and the other players batting at a good run rate, Riverina was bowled out for 138 in the 39th over.

In an even group, the team finished fourth.

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