MITCHELL has fallen agonisingly short of claiming this year’s Western NSW Junior Cricket Carnival title, going down to a red-hot ACT under 15s side in the final at Wade Park yesterday.
Chasing ACT’s 218 for victory, Mitchell was well anchored by young Orange batsman Mitch Winslade’s 64, but ultimately fell short after being bowled out for 198.
Illawarra and Dubbo fought out a thriller for third place honours.
Batting first, Illawarra made 117, a total that proved just enough as they managed to dismiss the Western Zone powerhouse for 101 in the third-place battle at Riawena Oval.
With both last week’s under 13s and this week’s under 15s carnivals run by the Orange District Junior Cricket Association, president Nick Cooper was happy with two successful tournaments.
“Everyone raves about the facilities for cricket we have here in Orange. I think we take it for granted a little bit,” Cooper said.
“Council and the curators have done a fantastic job over the last two weeks.
“And we’ve got to thank the seniors as well, they’ve accommodated us on turf for the last two weeks.”
Playing off for fifth, Shoalhaven saved perhaps their best performance for last.
Batting first, Shoalhaven hit 232 thanks largely to a knock of 72 from Corey McAlpine.
South Coast’s Ryan Micaleff was the pick of the bowlers with 4-35.
But Micaleff’s side wasn’t as convincing with the bat as their opponents, managing 186 all out as Shoalhaven bowler Tyrone Johnson picked up 3-33 to secure the win.
Wagga Wagga has finished its campaign on a high, earning seventh place courtesy of a win over the ACT under 14s.
Dismissing ACT for 156 thanks to three-wicket hauls from Jack Reynolds (3-29) and Tom Crouch (3-24), Wagga then chased the runs down with the loss of just five wickets at Jack Brabham 2.