Some of our most talented junior cricketers have shown they are made of the right stuff, taking out the under-17 Country Week cricket title.
Despite losing to Goulburn Murray just days earlier, Murray Valley Cricket Association bounced back in the final to defeat the same side which had caused it so many problems to the tune of 90 runs in Bendigo.
Barooga player and Murray Valley skipper Riley Gow, who had struggled to find his best form throughout the tournament, produced a true captain’s knock, making 51 runs when it counted most.
The Murray Valley side owed a big thanks to Cobram’s Lewis McShane for its success. McShane made a brilliant 64 with the bat, ensuring his side posted a more than competitive total of 157.
Chasing a big score, Goulburn Murray was never in the contest and was bowled out for just 67 after 31 overs.
It was again Gow who inflicted the damage, rattling through Goulburn Murray’s batting line-up to finish with figures of 4-21 off 10 overs.
Deniliquin’s Dylan Rotherham chimed in with two wickets from his six overs.
Murray Valley Cricket Association administrator Anthony Holmes praised the players for their efforts.
‘‘They did a really good job,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s a really promising group of young players. It’s virtually the same side which won the under-15s Northern Rivers Shield and which made the final of the under-16s Country Week tournament last year.’’
The side was coached by Anthony Hyde, with assistance from Terry Gow and Lachlan Hyde.
The team was:
Riley Gow (c) — Barooga
Izac Artavilla — Cobram
Adam Zammit — Nathalia
Scott Morris — Nathalia
Seb Moore — Waaia
Lewis McShane — Cobram
Matthew Price — Strathmerton
Jordan Anthony — Jerilderie
Duncan Clarke — Finley
Tom Whelan — Berrigan
Dylan Rotherham — Deniliquin Rhinos
Hugh Hyde — Cobram