Sale-Maffra under 15 boys win Junior Country Week

The Sale-Maffra team which won the under 15 boys Junior Country Week title, (back row, from left) Austin Bauer, Tristan Neeves, Harper Fox, Hamish Anderson, Tyson Birss, Mason Annear, Caleb Barnett, Ben Harrington, (front) Ed Phelan-Penson, Austin Anlezark, coach Ian Simpson, Thomas Wrigglesworth, Jack Love, Jay Diamond and Bayden Dowsett. Photo: Natasha Dowsett
The Sale-Maffra team which won the under 15 boys Junior Country Week title, (back row, from left) Austin Bauer, Tristan Neeves, Harper Fox, Hamish Anderson, Tyson Birss, Mason Annear, Caleb Barnett, Ben Harrington, (front) Ed Phelan-Penson, Austin Anlezark, coach Ian Simpson, Thomas Wrigglesworth, Jack Love, Jay Diamond and Bayden Dowsett. Photo: Natasha Dowsett

SALE-Maffra 's under 15 boys' team won the cricket Junior Country Week final on Friday.

The Sharks defeated Warragul on Friday at Moe, avenging a loss to the Wilddogs earlier in the tournament.

The smoke drifting into the Latrobe Valley from bushfires reduced matches to 30 overs per side for the week.

The Sharks made 7-116 after collapsing to 3-18. Ben Harrington steadied the ship with an unbeaten 32. Harrington and Tristan Neaves (16) put on 31 runs for the fifth wicket.

Tyson Birss and Jay Diamond both scored 12. Mason Annear took 5-17 as the Sharks bowled Warragul out for 79, with only two Wilddogs reaching double figures.

Thomas Wrigglesworth claimed 2-18.

After two wins, a loss and an abandoned match because of smoke, Sale-Maffra on Thursday defeated Leongatha at Traralgon South.

The victory was enough for the Sharks to qualify for the final, just 0.1 of a percentage point ahead of third-placed Bairnsdale.

Sent in to bat, the Sharks scored 7-129 from their 30 overs.

Tom Wrigglesworth top-scored with 55, while Mason Annear made 27 and Austin Bauer 26.

Harper Fox took 3-19 and Bauer 2-8 as Leongatha was bowled out for 104.

SIX Sale-Maffra cricketers were named in the Junior Country Week teams of the tournament.

Austin Bauer was selected in the under 15 boys' team after scoring a total of 100 runs.

After Sale-Maffra won the under 17 girls' title a week earlier, Lily-Mae Lyndon (77 runs), Kirrily Bruce (73 runs), Jazz Anstee (four wickets), Abby Wrigglesworth (62 runs and three wickets) and Matilda Berns (three wickets) were recognised for their performances.

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