The opportunity for redemption comes today for Cricket Shepparton’s under-16A outfit.By Patrick O'Meara
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.’’
Police have released an image of a man they wish to speak to following an incident at SPC Ardmona in Shepparton, involving a package later found to be non-threatening.
Most people at the J C Lowe Oval left on Saturday evening talking about the game but not the result. Pigeon Coach Chris Kennedy summed up the feeling adequately when he said after the game; “it was a frustrating game, but my players weren’t responsible for the frustration.”
The move to extend the Tatura War Memorial area and honour Victoria Cross hero Robert Mactier with the erection of a statue in the Hogan St gardens named in his honour, continues.
A Kyabram man who struck a cyclist on Echuca-Moama bridge with a beer can thrown from the vehicle he was in was convicted and fined $400 in Moama Local Court on Wednesday.
A Rochester mother told a health forum about the devastating effect drugs have had on her family.
Over six hours of junior football is scheduled for Kyabram Recreation Reserve this Sunday.
Ten people were injured after Two Australian Light Armoured Vehicles (ASLAV) collided during a training course at the Puckapunyal Military Training Range in on Wednesday, May 22.
The Finley Apex Sports and Community Centre has secured a $500,000 grant from Regional Development Australia.
A purpose-built bike, equipped with amateur radio, will be on the O'Keefe Rail Trail tomorrow.
Cobram residents John Anderson and Ian Cobb will race down memory lane this weekend when they compete in the annual Historic Winton.
Deniliquin Fire and Rescue's open day has been hailed a success by captain Bill Muirhead.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) is investigating incidents of abortion or still-births under the Lamb and Kid Mortality Surveillance Project.(LKSMP).
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