GMC run out of coun­try week

Campaspe News - - SPORT - By BEN CARTER

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.’’

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