Shepparton's Notre Dame College has made it successive titles at the School Sport Victoria State Cricket Finals.DAMEN FRANCIS December 5, 2013 4:10am
Mitch McGrath and Jordan McGregor were part of Notre Dame College's year eight boys' cricket team that made it back-to-back School Sport Victoria state titles this week.
Shepparton’s Notre Dame College Year 8 boys’ cricket team made it back-to-back titles, with victory in Tuesday’s School Sport Victoria State Cricket Finals.
Played at Silcock Reserve at Croydon, Notre Dame successfully defended its first innings total of 4-133, bowling out Catholic College Bendigo for 86 in the Twenty20 format.
It followed on from last year’s win in the Year 7 boys’ competition, with many players involved in both wins.
‘‘They won the Year 7 championship last year, so it’s definitely a talented group of boys,’’ coach Tim Kelly said.
‘‘I only coached them (on Tuesday), but from what I could see they are just a good group of boys that love playing cricket together.’’
In order to reach the decider, Notre Dame won the Goulburn Murray District carnival — played in Shepparton in September — and the Hume Region Carnival, which was held in Wangaratta in October.
Notre Dame defeated Yarrawonga Secondary College by 29 runs and Euroa by 133 to book a state quarter-final date with Ringwood Secondary College in Benalla on November 22, which it won by 62 runs on the back of Anthony Poppa’s 76 and Sam Hayes’ 3-15.
The semi-final and final were played at Croydon on Tuesday.
Just as he had done right throughout the tournament captain Jordan McGregor won the toss and batted first against Nagle College Bairnsdale, posting 4-110, with McGregor top-scoring with 69 and Josh Larkin chipping in 26.
Mitch McGrath (1-5) and Jesse Trower (1-9) were the pick of the bowlers in an even bowling performance as Notre Dame restricted Nagle to 5-83.
Batting first in the grand final, Notre Dame made a shaky start, before McGregor (67) and Larkin (40) came together again to produce a terrific partnership to guide their team to a competitive 4-133.
The bowlers once again shared the load, with Waaia medium pacer Trower (2-8) and Mooroopna seamer Laitham Vandeermeer (2-17) the only multiple wicket-takers, as Bendigo was all out for 86.
Kelly said while it was a terrific team performance, the partnerships between McGregor and Larkin in the semi-final and grand final were a highlight.
‘‘Jordan just smashed them in the semi-final, he made 69 off 42 balls and they pushed the field back and he was just hitting the gaps and scoring twos and threes,’’ he said.
‘‘Josh rotated the strike brilliantly and let Jordan do the damage.’’
Meanwhile, day one of the Marist Cricket Carnival was washed out yesterday.
Round one matches were called off and teams headed to the Shepparton indoor centre for an afternoon of indoor cricket, with play to resume today, weather pending.
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