Junior Country Week has started well for Cricket Shepparton's under-16B side with a big win over Murray Valley Cricket Association.OLIVER CAFFREY January 7, 2014 4:05am
Cricket Shepparton’s under-16B side could not have dreamed of a more emphatic start to its Junior Country Week campaign.
Shepparton easily accounted for Murray Valley Cricket Association by eight wickets at Toolamba yesterday.
Opening bowler Zane Newbound delivered a fearsome spell of fast bowling, taking 3-11 from his eight overs as Murray Valley was all-out for 78.
Shepparton promptly chased down the required runs, passing the target two wickets down in the 20th over.
Coach Cameron McGregor said he had challenged the group to mix things up after playing together for the past couple of country week tournaments.
‘‘The boys have got some good plans in place now, they’ve played together for the last two or three years, so they’ve got some good plans about bowling tight and it showed today because our bowling was excellent and on the spot,’’ McGregor said.
‘‘I’m putting them outside their comfort zone this week — Josh (Larkin) usually bats, but we threw him the ball today and a few of the other boys have been swapped around from their normal roles.’’
Larkin cleaned up the tail, taking three wickets, while the rest of the wickets were shared between Jordan Brereton, captain Jordan McGregor and Kyle Fitzgerald.
Shepparton was never in any real danger during the chase, despite a mid-pitch mix-up between Mitch McGrath and Curtis Ryan, which had the former run-out for 13.
However, a 79-run partnership between Ryan (59 retired) and Laitham Vandermeer (33) steered Shepparton towards a commanding victory.
Shepparton then went about boosting its run rate, as it finished its innings all-out for 200 in the 45th over.
Vice-captain Cade Muellar chipped in with 25, while the rest of the batsmen were out for single figures.
‘‘It was a really good batting effort today, Curt Ryan’s knock was outstanding, and we batted out the overs because run-rate can possibly come into it at the end of the week,’’ McGregor said.
Murray Valley coach Brayden Carey said his young side would take plenty from the game, despite being comprehensively beaten.
‘‘They (Shepparton) are a really well-drilled side and on the other hand a lot of our boys have never played together before, so it was a good learning experience for them,’’ Carey said.
‘‘We probably just don’t have the depth there in our batting, some 13-year-olds are coming up to play for us this week, so we can’t expect them to make all the runs.
‘‘But credit to Shepparton, they bowled really well and made it very hard for us to score.’’
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