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.’’
Shepparton’s Declo Bisimwa firmly believes education is the key to a better life.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Garners Boxing Gym in Echuca is encouraging young people to get active with weekly boxing/cardio classes.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
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