MITCHELL will face off against the might of the ACT under 15s today in the final of the Western NSW Junior Cricket Carnival, and both sides produced stunning auditions in yesterday’s final round-robin clashes.
Looking to maintain their unbeaten run up against the ACT under 14s, Mitchell was again anchored by impressive Orange batsman Michael Hannelly.
The CYMS young gun top scored with 53 in his side’s total of 123.
It was a total that proved more than enough thanks to a spell of 4-5 from seamer Josh Coyte, with the Millthorpe junior’s efforts, alongside Kinross’ Hugh Britton, contributing to a team hat-trick at the death and the demise of the ACT under 14s line-up for just 83.
Showing off their credentials with the bat, the ACT under 15s belted 256 in a dominant 180-run win over the South Coast.
Oliver Blayney-Brown and Kris Weereratne combined brilliantly for the territory-based outfit, smashing 76 and 72 respectively.
South Coast ace Sachin Hall bowled well in a beaten outfit, claiming 6-18.
In the other games, Dubbo and Wagga Wagga went head-to-head in a tight encounter, with Dubbo’s 174 enough to defeat their Riverina-based opponents by 18 runs.
Finishing in a little controversy, Illawarra defeated Shoalhaven by four wickets.
Chasing Shoalhaven’s 190, Illawarra made it to 6-191 at the end of their innings in a tight finish that had some officials thinking the match ended in a tie.
Today’s finals will see Mitchell take on ACT under 15s at Wade Park, while Illawarra plays Dubbo in the third-place play-off at Riawena Oval.
Shoalhaven and the South Coast face-off in a battle for fifth and the ACT under 14s play Wagga Wagga for seventh.
Both games are at Jack Brabham Park.