Country week ends with mixed results

DOING US PROUD: The Grampians Cricket Association under-15 (inset) and under-13 country week teams. Pictures: Contributed.
DOING US PROUD: The Grampians Cricket Association under-15 (inset) and under-13 country week teams. Pictures: Contributed.

The Central Highlands country week cricket carnival came to an end on Friday, with the two Grampians teams experiencing mixed results. 

The under-15 side was able to battle its way to a victory while the under-13 team fell just short of its first. 

Here is how both sides went in their battle for seventh place.

UNDER 13s

Despite putting in its best batting performance of the country week carnival, the under-13 Grampians Cricket Association side fell just short in its final game against Maryborough on Friday. 

After being sent in to bat, the young Grampians side was able to get on top early. 

Jayde McMurtrie top scored with 35 was the Grampians went on to record a total of 125. 

Byron Hemley (19), Jack Cann (15) and Jim Jennings (11) all contributed with the bat, with every other batsmen contributing to the scoreboard with at least one run to their name. 

Despite picking up just two wickets in their bowling innings, Grampians managed to force a tight finish, with Maryborough only coming out on top six runs ahead by the end of their 40 overs.

Under-13 Grampians coach Geoff Phillips said despite losing the game he was pleased with how his side improved throughout the carnival.

“It would’ve been lovely to win the last match but the boys had a good week regardless,” he said.

“One of  the pleasing aspects of the week was the boys batting out the overs every game so I was very pleased they could do that.

“The boys did their best representing the Grampians.”

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UNDER 15s

Grampians made the most of their chance with the ball after sending Maryborough in to bat first.

Seven Grampians bowlers claimed at least one wicket as they worked their way to limiting Maryborough to just 59 from 31.2 overs.

Captain Bailey Hosemans was once again the one that led the way with the bat for Grampians, top scoring with 31 to chip away at Maryborough’s lead.

Lachlan Wills (19*) and Will Cooper (18*) carried their team home to a seven wicket victory, the first for the Grampians in the country week carnival. 

Under-15 Grampians coach Sam Spark said getting a win in the final game will be a big boost for the players going forward.

“It was good to get the win in the end. It gives the boys a bit more confidence going into their weekly cricket,” he said.

Spark said he saw his team develop as the carnival progressed.

“They probably started to work more as a team,” he said.

“They improved game by game. From the first game to the last they improved a mile.”

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