Cricketers from the Southern Riverina have helped steer the Murray Valley Cricket Association’s Under 17s side to a Junior Country Week grand final win.
Finley’s Duncan Clarke, Berrigan’s Tom Whelan, Barooga’s Riley Gow and Jerilderie’s Jordan Anthony all were a part of the MVCA side that claimed a 90-run victory over Goulburn Murray in the carnival decider played at Weeroona Oval in Bendigo on Friday.
The MVCA side went into the clash having won two of their previous three games, only suffering a 10-run loss on day one against Goulburn Murray.
MVCA were on their knees early in the decider, falling to 3/8 before innings-saving knocks from Cobram’s Lewis McShane (64) and Gow (51).
MVCA were all out for 157 after 48.2 overs.
In their run defence, MVCA came charging out of the gates, claiming the first five wickets for just 16 runs.
A strong showing from Goulburn Murray’s tail-end kept them in the game, but the damage was already done with the innings ending all out for 67 after 31 overs, with Gow leading the charge with figures of 4/21 off 10.
In the final, Anthony impressed with the ball with figures of 1/8 off his six overs, while Whelan’s efforts in the field saw him claim a run out.
‘‘The team played really well together,’’ Whelan said.
‘‘We struggled early when we were 3/8 but we picked up our batting.
‘‘The team made sure the bowling and fielding was tight and that probably got us over the line.’’
The Murray Valley Under 17 team’s week started with the loss to Goulburn Murray, with Anthony taking 1/25 from his five overs and Whelan bowling six overs for 34 runs.
The MVCA picked up their first win the following day with a seven wicket victory over Seymour District.
Anthony bowled a tidy spell of 1/21 off seven overs, Clarke taking 1/10 from four overs and Whelan bowling two maidens to finish with tidy figures of 0/18 off six.
On Thursday, Murray Valley defeated Cricket Shepparton by 34 runs to make it into the final.
Anthony claimed 1/12 off six overs and Whelan conceded 15 runs from his two overs.
‘‘It was a great experience and good quality competition. Most of the boys knew each other so it helped us jell as teammates,’’ Whelan said.