MOAMA’S Layton McCann has impressed at the Australian Country Cricket Championships in Geraldton despite early struggles for his Victoria Country side.
He had an early slip with just eight runs in the first game of the tournament but responded with three strong performances, belting 38, 62 and 31 to wrap up the Twenty20 portion of the competition.
With 145 runs at an average of 29, McCann has the highest average on his team and the sixth-highest average tournament-wide.
Vic Country went winless in the T20s (0-5) but responded with two wins at the start of 50-over play.
It played East Asia Pacific on Thursday and faces South Australia and Queensland to wrap up the carnival.
■ FELLOW Moama cricketer Paris Rafferty has been part of the Victoria Country women’s’ side competing at the Championships.
Rafferty has struggled to make much of an impact, with 18 runs from three innings so far.
But she’s been part of a surging side that hasn’t lost a game yet, with six consecutive wins. The side will play in a semi-final today looking for a spot in Saturday’s final.
■ NORTHERN Rivers’ sides have made a brilliant start to the State Championships this week, with all sides undefeated.
Most impressive has been the under 14 girls side which qualified for the final with a strong preliminary final win yesterday against Central Highlands.
The side features a trio of local talents, with Grace Moyle (Echuca South), Sienna Johnstone (Tongala) and Delaney Laffy (Echuca) part of the success so far.
Moyle took a crucial 2/1 against Metropolitan North West in the semi-final, while Johnstone and Laffy have both also taken wickets with the ball.
■THE under 18 men’s side won its first three games of the Championship, with Alistair McCann a big contributor.
McCann made 25 batting number seven as Northern Rivers made 9/193 against Metropolitan Northern, showing his all-round talent with 3/28 as it beat Barwon by 150 runs.
■ IT’S been delayed a week after last weekend’s blistering heat, but the Goulburn Murray Cricket A grade season will finally resume on Saturday after the Christmas/New Year break.
The headline fixture is Tongala’s trip to Moama, where the Blues will look to continue their pursuit of a position in the finals.
They’ve won six of their last seven games and have looked impressive in the process, particularly in their ability to seize the big moments and win close games.
But beating Moama in this weekend’s rescheduled one-dayer will be another task altogether. It has only lost to last season’s grand finalists Rochester United and Kyabram Fire Brigade, and has destroyed teams with an exceptional batting line-up.
It will be without key cog Layton McCann however, the regular number three batsmen on representative duty with the Victorian Country side.
Echuca will face Stanhope at Victoria Park needing a win to have any chance of finals, the Rochester Tigers in the same position with their game against Cooma.
Bamawm-Lockington United has the daunting task of hosting undefeated Rochester Tigers and Echuca South will look to get off the bottom of the ladder with a win against Kyabram Fire Brigade.