Juniors take over Country Week

By Andrew Johnston

GRAND final berths at under 15 and under 14 levels have been the stand out showings for Goulburn Murray Cricket at junior country week.

The under 15s side had a strong showing to get into the final, finishing second on the ladder behind Cricket Shepparton courtesy of a strong win over Bendigo District Cricket Association the difference.

Echuca's Kobyn James produced one of the standout performances of the competition in their opening game, belting an unbeaten 79 against an Upper Loddon Cricket Association featuring a number of over aged players.

He then backed the performance up with an unbeaten 69 in his side's win against Bendigo.

In the grand final, Cricket Shepparton batted first and was dismissed for 124 with GMC's Tanner Tomkins the star destroyer taking 3/23 off 8.5 overs.

GMC fell just short of the grand final win after a middle order batting collapse.

The GMC's under 14s made their way to the grand final with a near perfect record.

After an opening game draw with Bendigo District 1, the team demolished Murray Valley Cricket Association by 96 runs, before beating Bendigo District 2 by 40 runs.

Echuca's Archer Carlile was one of the standouts in the tournament, with a 3/9 bowling performance including three maidens in the second match of the tournament with the ball, following by a score of 44 with the bat in the third.

The team suffered a nine-wicket loss in the grand final to Cricket Shepparton.

The side was routed for just 74 in its innings, with Shepparton taking just 20 overs to chase the tally down.

Back-to-back losses saw the GMC's 13A side finish just shy of a grand final berth in third, while the 13B side held a similar fate, with their sole win against Murray Valley only enough for third.

In the under 16s, GMC's struggles saw the side finish in fourth place, while a one win, two draw and three loss record in the under 17s saw GMC finish second to last.