Henry Railz was named Player of the Carnival after starring for the undefeated Macquarie side. Photo: Greg Keen
MACQUARIE Valley have gone back-to-back in the Max Shepherd Shied after recording a 69-run win over Lachlan yesterday.
The two sides met after going through the first two days of the annual under-14s carnival undefeated but the class of the home side shone through, with Henry Railz’s 75 runs helping him go on to be named Player of the Carnival.
In the day’s other matches, Orange defeated Dubbo under-13s by five wickets while Bathurst proved far too strong for Mudgee, winning by a huge 109 runs.
But the day belonged to Macquarie and coach Marty Nelson said it was a great all-round performance from his side.
“It was really good cricket for the kids this time of the year, it was three days of good quality cricket and all the kids contributed,” he said.
“Everyone on their day took wickets or scored runs so that was really good, a lot of the kids improved with their consistency over the three days.”
It yesterday’s main match, Macquarie overcame a shaky start to post 6-183 with Railz top scoring while Tom Nelson also contributed, making 48.
Jonah Ruzgas was again impressive with the ball for Lachlan, taking 2-15 from his eight overs.
Lachlan could only manage 114 in reply, with Tom Atlee taking two wickets to finish as joint leading wicket-taker for the carnival.
“Henry Railz was really consistent and with Tom Atlee they were the main performers, they made runs and took wickets and are a chance of going further with representative selection,” Nelson said.
“It was a good effort, it’s a great carnival and a great way to start the season for the kids and other towns travel here and win, lose or draw it’s great to get out there and play good quality cricket in good spirit.”
Orange recorded their first win of the Shield when they defeated the Dubbo under-13s is a tight final round match.
Set 99 for victory, it came down to the last couple of overs but Orange, led by Ben Winslade’s 32, just got over the line.
Bathurst bounced back from a loss on day two in the most emphatic way, defeating Mudgee by over 100.
Nicholas Broes, who won the Most Runs Award, capped off a fantastic carnival by making 80 in his side’s total of 165 and Mudgee struggled in reply, before being all out for just 56.
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