GOULBURN Murray’s under 17 cricketers came up short in the final of Junior Country Week, going down to the Murray Valley Cricket Association in Friday’s final.
The GM side entered the final in sensational form with three wins from three games after crushing Cricket Shepparton by more than 100 runs in Thursday’s clash at Victoria Park.
It was a game highlighted by a devastating bowling display in which Fraser Brooks took 4/19 and Ethan Palma-Ludeman 3/8.
But it was the GM boys on the end of a hiding in the final at White Hills.
They started the game in the best possible fashion, reducing MV to 3/8. Angus Martin took two of the scalps while Matthew Hindson chipped in with the third.
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.
■GM’S under 15s finished the week third on the table, ending with a comprehensive win against Cricket Shepparton.
Blake Evans led the way with 55, Ryan Thomson (36*) and Austin Reinehr also making runs as GM romped to 5/160 from 45 overs.
In response Cricket Shepparton was never in the contest, way behind the required run-rate and finishing at 7/82 from the 45 overs.
Joel Stephens was best with an extremely tidy 2/5 from nine overs, Reinehr also taking two wickets.
■THE under 13s just went down in their final game of the week, losing by 22 runs to Cricket Shepparton.
Chasing 8/108, they again got a brilliant innings from captain Kobyn James, who added a score of 37 to his 40no and 43 from earlier in the week.
But he lacked support and the GM side lagged behind the run-rate required before being bowled out for 86 with an over to spare.