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Rivers come a cropper, despite show-stopper Poppa

A record-breaking carnival from Karramomus batsman Andrew Poppa was not quite enough to earn Northern Rivers a place in the Victorian Bushrangers Under-14 State Championships final.

DAMEN FRANCIS January 25, 2014 5:19am

Poppa struck 55 in yesterday’s rain-shortened semi-final against South East Bayside Breakers at Percy Treyvaud Memorial Park in East Malvern, to finish with 200 runs for the week — more than any player has managed at a single championships in Northern Rivers history.

Despite the brillant knock, Rivers’ 9-107 from 20 overs was chased down by a slick Breakers side with 10 balls and seven wickets to spare.

The Breakers will meet Inner East Emus in the grand final on February 2.

Rivers coach Jake DeAraungo said it was a tremendous effort from his team and he was just pleased to get a chance to play off for the final.

‘‘We were lucky to get on, the other game was washed out, but the covers at our ground were in pretty good shape,’’ DeAraungo said.

‘‘(The Breakers) would have gone through on run rate, so we had to play to have a chance and I was very proud of the way the boys carried themselves throughout the week.

‘‘They were definitely disappointed, but they knew they put up a good fight and as I said to them at the end of the game, they have all got plenty of cricket left this season, so hopefully we can come back next year and take it out.’’

Shepparton and Youth Club United’s Hugh Conway made four runs and Xavier Chalkley of Central Park-St Brendan’s one in limited opportunities.

Waaia’s Jesse Trower made 83 runs in three innings — twice not out — and took six wickets in 26 overs for the week, while teammate Jordan Cleeland scored 40 runs in three innings.

But the carnival belonged to Poppa, whose three half-centuries made him the clear standout of the carnival.

‘‘Andrew batted with great temperament and was very confident at the crease,’’ DeAraugo said.

‘‘At training it looked like he could hit the ball hard, but he showed he knew how to build an innings as well.’’

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