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Shepparton takes aim at three titles

Cricket Shepparton teams will be out to achieve the feat of winning all three Junior Country Week titles once again today.

DAMEN FRANCIS January 9, 2014 4:10am

Cameron McGregor’s under-16B team will be one of three Cricket Shepparton sides vying for a title on the final day of Junior Country Week today.

Cricket Shepparton has given itself every opportunity of repeating last year’s extraordinary feat of claiming all three Junior Country Week trophies on offer.

Standing in its way are three different opponents, all with something to prove in today’s finals.

In the under-14 decider, Shepparton will meet Bendigo District Cricket Association, which will be desperate to prove it remains a powerhouse junior association, given its opponent’s current dominance.

Bendigo claimed a narrow eight-run win in round two on Tuesday and there is no reason to suspect it will not be just as close at Strathmerton Recreation Reserve today.

Daniel Clohesy has made 54 not out, 40 and 40 not out so far this series and is the key wicket, but Darcy Collins could be the one to get him out, having snared seven wickets at 7.57 so far.

Competition newcomer ACT will be out to prove itself in the under-16B final at Nathalia Recreation Reserve.

ACT has taken all before it this week and will go in as favourite, following its two-wicket win against the reigning champion on Tuesday.

Daniel Leerdam has shown his class, with 97 runs in his first two knocks this carnival and is undoubtedly the batsman to watch for ACT, while Cade Mueller has made starts every time he has gone to the crease, averaging 51 in three innings.

After a hard-fought 37-run defeat yesterday, Seymour District Cricket Association will be out to go one better in today’s under-16A final at Cobram Showgrounds.

However, unbeaten in three contests, Shepparton will be red-hot favourite to make it back-to-back titles.

Joel Brett continues to impress with bat and ball, while Seymour boasts a star all-rounder of its own in Max Jones, who is the competition’s leading run-scorer and second leading wicket-taker.

Shepparton’s depth is its strength, with off-spinners Jack Moroney and Angus Eaton giving it plenty of variety with the ball and big hitters Brett and Sam Allen complemented by patient workers Anthony Andronaco and Jess Petherick to name a few.

Cricket Shepparton’s junior co-ordinator Steven Nash admitted retaining all three trophies was a tough ask, but it was an exciting prospect all the same.

‘‘We could come home with three or we could come home with none, you just don’t know,’’ Nash said.

‘‘Whatever happens it’s been a great week.’’

All games are due to start at 10.30am.

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