Junior cricketers almost claim Colston-Scammell Shield, with Moama's Jake Toll named player of the carnival at Albury.By Geordie Cowan
Moama cricketer Jake Toll was named player of the tournament at the recent Colston-Scammell Shield at Albury.
Representing Southern Riverina alongside fellow Moama under 16 cricketers Jack Elliott, Joel Murphy and Clay McGregor, the team played three games from November 3 to 5.
Southern Riverina won its first two matches quite convincingly and the last match against Murrumbidgee was essentially a grand final.
‘‘We were on top for the whole day, but we probably let it slip a little bit,’’ Moama junior development co-ordinator Jamie Murphy said.
‘‘It was disappointing, because we were probably the best side for two-and-three-quarter days.’’
Murrumbidgee sneaked home in the last over, with its number 10 clubbing the winning runs to claim the carnival.
Toll was also named bowler of the carnival after taking eight wickets as well as scoring 71 runs, while Joel took four wickets and made 94 runs, including one innings of 53.
McGregor scored 32 runs throughout the weekend, without being dismissed, while Elliott was given the difficult task of opening the batting on the final two days.
Having four players selected in the side was a feather in the cap for the club, Jamie said.
‘‘We’ve built up our players and now we’re able to send quite a few kids to these tournaments,’’ he said.
‘‘At the moment we’re filling up a quarter of a team every time they go away.’’
Jamie said playing in a tournament atmosphere was a good experience for the players.
‘‘It’s the first time they get to play in a carnival situation,’’ he said.
‘‘Day-in day-out 50-over games.
‘‘They’re playing decent cricket against decent cricketers, generally on better grounds and better wickets.
‘‘Playing with your peers, you’ve just got to step up under those circumstances.’’
Other players in the team came from Jerilderie, Deniliquin, Cobram-Barooga and Finley.
Following the carnival, Toll and Joel were selected for the under 16 Riverina Bradman Cup team to play in Nowra, in January.
Joel, who was vice-captain of the Southern Riverina team, has also been named vice-captain of the Riverina side despite being a bottom-age player.
‘‘He had a good carnival, fighting his way through a slump with the bat and he bowled very well without much luck,’’ Jamie said of his son, Joel.
‘‘Jake (Toll) had a really good tournament,’’ Jamie said.
‘‘He bowled exceptionally well
‘‘The other two boys did their job as well.
‘‘Clay McGregor, as a bottom-age, gained a bit of experience and did everything asked of him.
‘‘Jack Elliott opened the batting and, facing some really good fast bowling, did his job.’’
Four more Moama players will represent the under 14 Southern Riverina side in a competition in Hay this weekend.
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