GOULBURN Murray teams have excelled to start the 2018 Junior Country Week in the annual battle of the area’s cricket associations.
The under 17 GM side began well with a 10-run win against the Murray Valley Cricket Association.
Many top-order talents produced runs. Charlie Ryan (41), Zak McGregor (41), Will Devlin (26) and Mitch Dunne (21) helped build a score of 173.
But Izac Artavilla (52) opened well for the MVCA and it looked in control at 3/134, before the GM bowlers swung the contest back in their favour.
What followed was a massive collapse, MVCA losing 7/29 to be rolled for 163.
Angus Martin delivered in a big way with five of the last six wickets, finishing with brilliant figures of 5/23.
The 17s made it two in a row on Wednesday with a 35-run win against the Bendigo District Cricket Association.
Batting first GM made 8/143, led by Sam Langley’s 34 and 27 from Brodan Evans.
And the side found another star with the ball. Moama’s Matthew Hindson snared 5/20 as his side limited the opposition to 108.
■THE under 15s wasted little time becoming one of the favourites with a demolition of MVCA at Victoria Park on Tuesday.
Within overs the GM had its opposition reeling at 5/17, led by Moama’s Oliver Connors with three wickets.
He finished with a sensational 4/7 from six overs, Tongala’s Mackenzie Cowley with a pair of wickets too as it cleaned up the MVCA for 99 in 33 overs.
GM lost Blake Evans and Waugh George early but cruised from there, two wickets down when it passed the total with Anthony De Pasquale (44) and Ryan Thomson (28) in good form.
It batted on after passing the total to finish with 183.
There was less luck in the 15s second game of the week with the side skittled for 74 chasing the BDCA’s 5/166.
George took 3/25 while Austin Reinehr top scored with 15.
■GM’s under 13s ripped apart the MVCA in game one, bowling it out for 35. BLU’s Declan Pearse picked up two wickets while Sam Edgar took two.
They won handily, batting on to make 7/145. Kobyn James top-scored with a retired not out 40, Cody Thompson with 21.
But the side went down in a thrilling Wednesday game, losing by four runs to the BDCA.
Chasing 9/126, again James led the way with 43, helped by 33 from Lachlan Hogan.
After retiring with 40 runs early in the innings, James resumed his innings late but was the last wicket to fall.
■JUNIOR Country Week wraps up today with the three finals played in the Bendigo area.
The 17s play at Weeroona Oval, White Hills, the 15s play at the QEO while the 13s play at Bell Oval in Strathdale. All games begin at 10.30am.