A HANDFUL of Rochester’s rising cricket stars took part in last week’s Northern Rivers Junior Country Week, and the under 17s marked the occasion by progressing to the final.
The 17s — featuring Brodan Evans, Angus Martin and Samuel Coughlin all from Rochester United as well as Adam McPhee from Rochester Tigers — went undefeated in the three preliminary games before a tough loss to the Murray Valley Cricket Association in Friday’s final.
GM started the game in the best possible fashion, reducing MV to 3/8. It had Martin to thank for the dream start with two of the early scalps.
MV skipper Riley Gow steadied the ship though with 51, and although he fell at 5/75, the team got another massive contribution through Lewis McShane’s 64.
The GM bowlers continued to fight and wrapped up the innings for 157, Martin the pick of the bowlers with 3/24.
But there was little to be done to stop Gow and the rampaging MV bowling attack, which broke through with regularity to have the opposition stunned at 5/16 in double-quick time.
The top six GM batsmen all failed to get out of single-figures, Palma-Ludeman (16) and Martin (18) the only two to put up much resistance as the line-up crumbled for just 67. Gow finished with 4/21.
Earlier in the week Evans impressed with an unbeaten 61 in GM’s crushing win against Cricket Shepparton, while Martin’s 10 tournament wickets included 5/23 in game one.
■ GM’S under 15s finished the week third on the table, ending with a comprehensive win against Cricket Shepparton.
It featured Waugh George and Spencer Cleary from the Tigers and Blake Evans from United, who starred in the final game with 55, including six boundaries.
George led the way in GM’s loss to Bendigo District Cricket Association with 3/25.
The side finished with two wins and one loss but was kept out of the grand final due to its lower net run rate.
■ THE under 13s missed the grand final with a 1-2 record, a nail-biting loss in the second game of the week against the BDCA costing them a spot in the decider.
Set 127 for victory, the side was led sensationally by Tigers’ player Kobyn James, whose 43 got the team within four runs of the win before he succumbed.
But it didn’t take away from a brilliant week from captain James, who had 120 runs in three games, leading the division’s run-scoring by more than 40 runs.
The under 13s featured four Bamawm-Lockington United players — Cody Thompson, Noah Mundie, Declan Pearse and Noah Turner — and United’s Nate Rasmussen.
Thompson impressed with 21 against the MVCA and with a wicket in every game, Pearse with bowling spells of 3/5 and 2/4 in a strong week.