Budding young Bundy star

Liam Durkin

IF this guy turns out as good as the Collegians player with a similar name, he’ll be a fair cricketer.

Bundalaguah’s Charlie Morris was part of the Richmond Cricket Club side that won the Victorian Premier Cricket Dowling Shield at the weekend.

The Tigers chased the 132 set by Melbourne Cricket Club, to take the title at the Junction Oval.

Morris was out in the middle as the winning runs were hit, and played a hand in four dismissals earlier in the day.

The wicket-keeper took two catches, effected a stumping and completed a run out.

The Dowling Shield has been running since 1955 and has seen a number of different incarnations as a pathway program with Cricket Victoria. This season, it was returned to its original structure as an Under 16 competition.

Morris has enjoyed a strong season for a number of teams, including his home club, where he scored 113 off 112 balls for the Bulls’ Second XI before Christmas.

The youngster has had a taste of first grade cricket, breaking into a strong Bundalaguah team.

At Gippsland Cricket League level, he made a half-century for the Sale-Maffra Cricket Association in the opening round of the Under 18 season.

Elsewhere, Morris also played for Gippsland Pride in the Victorian Country Cricket League Under 18 final on Sunday.

Pride however were no match for Northern Rivers, who put up 8/295 in South Barwon.

Pride could only manage 135 in reply.

Joining Morris as Sale-Maffra representatives were Nathan Giove (Collegians) and Josh Gawthrope (Sale).