The Bendigo District Cricket Association won two of the three titles at this week’s junior country week carnival.
The BDCA won the under-13 and under-15 grand finals against Shepparton, while Murray Valley defeated Goulburn Murray in the under-17 decider.
In the under-13 game at Bell Oval, the BDCA set up its win on the back of a good bowling and fielding performance.
The home side restricted Shepparton to 8-106 off 40 overs.
Xavier Austin was the star with the ball for the BDCA, taking 3-10 off six overs.
Max Rogers (2-13) and Jack Pysing (2-22) also bowled well for the BDCA.
Bailey Simpson led the charge for Shepparton with the bat. The right-hander made a well-compiled 30 not out, including the only two boundaries of the innings, while James Jarrett added 18.
BDCA openers Sam Lowes and Brodie Reaper got the home side after a strong start, adding 32 for the first wicket before Loews fell for nine.
Reaper made a fine 26 to have the BDCA in a strong position at 3-78.
Shepparton bounced back by taking 3-3 to put the game in the balance.
Jasper Cheesman (13) and Deacon Evans (7 not out) steadied the ship for the BDCA and they guided the team to victory with three overs to spare.
The BDCA won the under-15 grand final at the QEO by just 18 runs.
The BDCA batsmen fired, making 3-180 off 45 overs.
Opener Abe Sheahan continued his outstanding carnival, making 60 retired for the third time in as many games.
He added 80 for the first wicket with Ben Williams before the Eaglehawk youngster was dimissed for 42.
Connor Lyon chipped in with 31 off 47 balls and Matt Wilkinson was unbeaten on 19 off 15 balls.
Shepparton’s Zac Groombridge (60 retired) and Patrick Cormican (39) batted well, but the BDCA’s tight bowling and fielding kept the pressure on the visitors.
At 2-144 Shepparton had plenty of wickets in the sheds, but the run rate required was climbing.
BDCA’s bowlers continued to bowl well and Shepparton fell away in the concluding overs.
They lost 6-17 in the chase for quick runs and finished 8-162 off 45 overs.
Opening bowlers Daniel Keane and Jack Merrin were instrumental in the win for the BDCA.
Keane captured 3-31 off his nine overs and Merrin bowled tightly and finished with 1-19 off nine overs.
The BDCA crucially took three wickets via run outs.
In the under-17 grand final, Murray Valley (157) outclassed Goulburn Murray (67) at Weeroona Oval.
Riley Gow was the man of the match, making 51 with the bat and taking 4-21 with the ball.
Opener Abe Sheahan continued his outstanding carnival.