Clayton Scott and Alistair McCann have shone at the Kookaburra Cup.By Zach Hubber
Moama cricketers continue to shine on the representative stage following the Riverina debuts of Clayton Scott and Alistair McCann at the Kookaburra Cup in Taree earlier this month.
The pair’s showing at the NSW under 14s tournament succeeded clubmates Jake Toll and Joel Murphy’s contribution to the under 16s side at the start of the year.
The team had a successful 47-run win against Illawarra in its opening match, with Scott recording 24 runs at number six and McCann’s leg-spin reaping 2/9 off eight overs.
Riverina recorded another win the next day, defeating Western by 62 runs.
McCann, who did not bat throughout the cup, snared another wicket and Scott added 16 more runs.
But the winning streak came to an end when the side faltered to eventual champion Central Coast.
Riverina was humbled by 83 runs as McCann (1/15) and Scott (2) wrapped up their campaigns.
The duo was selected in the Riverina side following their impressive performances in the successful Southern Riverina team at the Suncorp Bank Cup in Hay last year.
Both players said they were happy with how they performed at the Kookaburra Cup.
‘‘I batted at six the whole time and loved it,’’ Scott said.
‘‘There was no pressure of opening, but I was unlucky to make two in the third match.
‘‘It was good to have that experience, so we can go up and play against all these big blokes in the future.’’
Scott, 14, is ineligible to play with the under 14s next season and will try his hand with the under 16s.
McCann, 13, will be better for the experience and is keen to go around in the same age group again next season.
Both players will continue playing for Moama’s under 14s sides, while McCann will also feature for Moama White under 16s and one of the club’s senior sides.
Commitments to tennis with Rich River and soccer training with Moama-Echuca Border Raiders means Scott can only play so much cricket.
He said it was sometimes difficult to manage playing an array of different sports, but had no plans to give any away.
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