The opportunity for redemption comes today for Cricket Shepparton’s under-16A outfit.PATRICK O'MEARA January 10, 2013 4:15am
The opportunity for redemption comes today for Cricket Shepparton’s under-16A outfit.
After a comprehensive humbling at the hands of arch-rival Bendigo District, Shepparton will get another crack at the same outfit in the Junior Country Week final at Seymour’s Kings Park.
The two teams have built quite a rivalry.
This Shepparton outfit knocked over Bendigo in last year’s under-16B final before both teams progressed to the next age group.
Bendigo took yesterday’s first shot at redemption at Strathdale’s Bell Park.
Shepparton was sent into bat and looked in a strong position early at 1-60.
But it all went pear-shaped from there.
An eighth-wicket partnership of 35 between Zane Thorne (21) and Steven Valentin (18) pushed Shepparton’s total out to 129.
In response, Bendigo needed just 26 overs to pass the total four wickets down.
Rhiley Lau took two wickets, while Brayden McGregor was the pick of the bowlers with 1-20 off five overs.
Shepparton coach Grant Allen described it a dirty day.
‘‘The boys just weren’t switched on,’’ Allen said.
‘‘I don’t know whether it was just because it was a dead rubber, or what, but it wasn’t a real good performance.’’
He said his side had failed to create momentum all day.
‘‘We just consistently lost wickets all day,’’ he said.
‘‘Then Bendigo simply played well.
‘‘They hit the bad balls to the boundary and made the most of playing on a smaller ground.’’
He praised the partnership of Thorne and Valentin.
‘‘They made the score look a bit more respectable,’’ Allen said.
‘‘But too many of the other boys threw their wickets away.’’
Allen said he was confident his side could bounce back in today’s decider.
‘‘We will go in with a better attitude,’’ he said.
‘‘We had beaten them the last two times before that, then they got their revenge yesterday.
‘‘Hopefully we can turn it around on them today.’’
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.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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