Northern Rivers squads dominating state titles

IN FORM: Jasmine Nevins and Letesha Bawden have been impressive for Northern Rivers at the state titles.
IN FORM: Jasmine Nevins and Letesha Bawden have been impressive for Northern Rivers at the state titles.

Northern Rivers cricket teams are in stunning form in three age groups at the state championships this week.

The under-14 girls are undefeated and through to Thursday's preliminary finals, the under-16 girls are also unbeaten and will play in the semi-finals on Thursday, while the under-18 boys are three wins from three games and will play in the quarter-finals on Thursday.

The under-14 girls have thrived in the T20 format. They've proved too good for Central Highlands, Barwon, Metropolitan Northern and Metropolitan North West on their way to a preliminary final clash with Central Highlands.

Kangaroo Flat's Jasmine Nevins has had a big week with scores of 20, 32, 41 and 40 and four wickets.

Euroa’s Georgia Gall has been brilliant with the bat. She’s only been dismissed once in scores of 41, 41, 33 and 40. Yea’s Ruby O’Dwyer has reached the 40 retired mark twice for the carnival.

The under-16 girls go into their semi-final clash with Western Waves on Thursday after three impressive wins.

White Hills' Lethesha Bawden scored a brilliant 85 in Wednesday's big win over Barwon, while Bendigo's Cailin Green made 61 not out.   

Mandurang's Mia Ward has three wickets for the week, including figures of 2-3 on Wednesday. Mardie Hamilton claimed 3-13 against Barwon.

Arnika McGregor has the best figures of the week for Northern Rivers under-16 girls after she took 4-7 in the round one win over Central Highlands.

The under-18 boys thrashed Barown by 150 runs on Wednesday to set up a qualifying final clash with Metropolitan Inner South East at Northcote.

Strathdale's James Vlaeminck batted superbly at the top of the order and made 73 in Northern Rivers' total of 5-280. Andrew Poppa (57), James Ryan (51),  Zane Keighran (46) and Daniel Clohesy (27 not out) scored quickly.

Six of the eight Northern Rivers bowlers used claim wickets as they bowled Barwon out for just 130.

Spinner Alistair McCann took 3-28 and medium-pacer Jayden Armstrong claimed 2-25.

A win on Thursday would guarantee Northern Rivers a berth in Friday's under-18 semi-finals.