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Two on trot for red-hot Shepparton

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

Shepparton’s Jess Petherick springs into action.


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.’’

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