Cricket Shepparton's under-16A team has accounted for Bendigo by nine wickets to post its second Junior Country Week win.OLIVER CAFFREY January 8, 2014 4:05am
Cricket Shepparton’s under-16A team stormed to its second commanding win at Junior Country Week, thrashing Bendigo by nine wickets at Tatura yesterday.
Another fearsome bowling performance had Bendigo out for 55 in the 33rd over after the travelling side won the toss and batted.
Despite losing Sam Allen on the first ball of the chase, skipper Joel Brett (43 retired) and vice-captain Anthony Andronaco (14 retired) steadied the ship to guide Shepparton past the total in the 12th over.
Coach Ian Petherick said only chasing 56 to win was a ‘‘dream total’’ for Shepparton.
‘‘We tossed a few things about, we opened the bowling with Matt Cline and Joel Brett, which pretty much worked for us,’’ Petherick said.
‘‘It was set up by our bowling and fielding, we probably picked up at about 10 to 15 per cent on yesterday when we felt like we were a bit rusty, but today we hit our straps early on.
‘‘We sort of knew Bendigo relied heavily on their top three bats (Beauden) Rinaldi, Jack Neylon and Ryan Hartley, so we thought if we grab a couple of those guys early it would put pressure on the rest of them to make runs.’’
Cline and Brett kept it tight early, but it was Mooroopna off-spinner Jack Moroney who again grabbed the wickets.
Moroney backed up his six-wicket haul on Monday with 3-9 from his six overs yesterday.
He now has an average of 3.1 to start the carnival.
Sam Nash picked up two wickets, while the remaining wickets were shared between Brett, Jess Petherick, Angus Eaton and Tom Burke.
Petherick said the dominant performance had Shepparton perfectly placed for a shot at defending its crown in tomorrow’s final.
‘‘Obviously Bendigo have had a couple of off days and we know they’re a quality opposition and they’re probably better than what they’ve shown,’’ he said.
‘‘The carrot’s in front of them now, if they can pull off another win tomorrow, they’ll be in the final up in Cobram on Thursday.’’
The sky is the limit for Wanganui Year 12 VCAL student Leigh Polan, 18, who decided to create two posters examining birdlife around the school.
The under 16 Pigeons kick started the YFNC's finals campaign with a resounding victory over the Paul Spargo led Scots College in the Grand Final of the AWJFL Elwyn Langford Shield at the Albury Sports Ground on Sunday.
Greater Shepparton City Council was successful in securing the National Cutting Horse Association Victorian Futurity Cutting Horse Championships for 2014 and 2015, with this year’s event scheduled from September 10-14 at Tatura Park.
An ad for the Healthy Ageing Project will be filmed in Echuca, Rushworth and Rochester today.
More than $15,000 was raised at a family day on Sunday. The event was to raise money for the families of Barry Purtell and Dave Lobb.
Book Week gets colourful turnout.
Deaprtment of Environment and Primary Industries unhappy about Mt Disappointment vandals.
Jerilderie Shire deputy mayor Ruth McRae handed the key over for the new Rural Fire Service station last Friday.
Farmers have a new weapon in the fight against mice.
Cobram kids learn about health with hospital as state-wide obesity campaign is launched.
Murray Irrigation to search for new boss after Anthony Couroupis finishes with the company.
A few anxious customers were outside the closed gates of the failed Bee-Jay Machinery business on Goulburn Valley Hwy in Shepparton on Tuesday morning, wondering what would become of deposits they had paid for tractors and other machinery.
The Benalla Indian Myna Action Group will pay a $1 per bird bounty on live birds delivered to CAL farm. National Party MP Bill Sykes donated $100 to fund the bounty.
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