GMC run out of country week
ONLY run rate saw Goulburn Murray unable to secure a spot in this summer’s Northern Rivers Junior Country Week final.
The GM under 16 side beat Seymour on Wednesday at Echuca’s Victoria Park, but not by enough of a margin to dislodge Murray Valley from second place.
Bendigo went on to win the six-team tournament, which also included teams from Shepparton.
On Wednesday, the Goulburn Murray line-up won the toss and chose to bat, making 8/144 in 45 overs.
Hudson Moyle top-scored with 60 not out while captain Todd Murphy was out for 17 after two half-centuries in the opening two games of the series.
Seymour was kept to 4/124 — a win by 20 runs for GM.
Murphy completed the week with 2/18 off nine overs with the ball.
Goulburn Murray under 16 coach Barry Moyle said that his team had been ‘‘really stiff not to make the final’’.
‘‘Bendigo were clearly the best team and then it came down to who was second,’’ he added.
But, for him, third place was still ‘‘a really good effort’’.
‘‘We were only a wicket or 20 runs away from making the final, and that would’ve been fantastic,’’ Moyle said.
‘‘We had a really even spread of bowling and someone from our top four or five always made runs.’’
The under 14 GM team was a win short of a place in the decider, also finishing third behind eventual finalists Bendigo and Shepparton.
On Wednesday at Cooma, Goulburn Murray ended its week with a 170-run thrashing of Seymour.
GM captain Spencer Cleary won the toss and chose to bat with his side scoring an impressive 7/207 in 40 overs.
The scorecard was punctuated by three halfcenturies — to Mackenzie Cowley, Anthony De Pasquale and Austin Reinehr.
Seymour was then routed for 37. Only one visiting batsman made double figures and there were three ducks.
Goulburn Murray shared the wickets around well.
Under 14 GM coach Justin Cleary said it was difficult to gauge how well his team had gone during the week as the competition wasn’t held under a round-robin format.
‘‘You don’t play everyone (so) I suspect we were better than third and could’ve contested well in the final against Bendigo,’’ he added.
‘‘We met them first up and made about 110-115 but were a bit unlucky. No-one else got that close to them in the end. It would’ve been nice to play off in the final.’’
‘‘We never had the opportunity to play Shepparton (either),’’ Cleary said.
‘‘If we could’ve rolled them, it might have been different. It’s difficult within the space of a week.’’