CITY United has enjoyed double junior cricket grand final success after its under-16 side accounted for Stoneyford.
United added the under-16 title to its under-14 title from earlier in the day, with opening batsman Jack Parker man of the match.
Parker posted an unbeaten 54 to lead the City United run chase after Stoneyford batted first and made 131.
Late hitting from United’s Liam Loubey, 29 runs, and Sam McLachlan, 25, had their team comfortably over the line.
Stoneyford captain Dominic Dare belted 62 not out for the Maroon Caps while City United’s Sam McLachlan put in an all-round grand final effort with 3-8 off 6.3 overs.
City United junior cricket coach Leigh Garner said his team had done a “really good job”.
“They got off to a bit of a start, after five overs they were 0-33 and we made a couple of changes which seemed to hold them up a bit,” he said.
“Jack Parker got a couple of wickets and then Shane Curry and Shane McLachlan got two in a row; they were 6-67 at that stage and that put a bit of a halt on things.”
Garner said United’s impressive batting display was a team effort.
“We were confident; probably a score of 150 or 160 would’ve been hard to chase but we were pretty confident with 130,” he said.
“All year we’ve batted right down to eight or nine.”
Two United players, Parker and McLachlan, head into senior ranks next year but Garner said the talented junior group should enjoy more success next season.
“Some people don’t realise that we had four players in this game who could’ve played under-14s,” Garner said.
“They put their hand up to play under-16 at the start of the year and that worked out well.
“They all improved as the year went on, we had our presentation night and there were seven kids who made 120 runs or more; it was a good team effort.”
Under-14 team’s patience pays premiership dividend
A CRICKET premiership was a just reward for City United’s under-14 cricketers.
United, which posted a six-wicket win against a previously undefeated Colac, drew on a talented group of juniors to claim a memorable premiership triumph.
The 15-strong City United squad, under captain Riley Thompson, used patient team batting to ensure it successfully chased Colac’s total of 94.
United all rounder Ged Leerson claimed man of the match honours with bowling figures of 2-11 and 25 retired with the bat.
Colac’s Eamon Spence top scored for the Stallions with 13 while United bowler Jarrod Walters ripped through Colac’s batting with 3-2 off four overs including a near hat-trick.
City United junior coach Jeff Johnson said the under-14s had produced good cricket in the grand final.
“As a coach for it all to come together like it did in the grand final is a dream,” he said.
“And the kids did it; they really come to the fore in the grand final and while not everyone got a bat, everyone bowled and did their bit.”
Johnson said United youngsters including Walters, Dylan Slater, Leerson and Thompson had played well.
“The run chase was very good, we managed to get the runs and we only lost 3 wickets in the end; two of our kids retired,” he said.
“Most of those kids will play next year so the future looks fairly promising, there’s a lot of talent there.
“I’m very proud of all the players, they all chipped in and did what we asked of them.”
Johnson said Colac junior cricket was in a good state on the back on promising juniors from across the district.