Junior Grand Finals Wrap Up - Season 2016/17
Date of Event : Wed Mar 8, 2017 5:01PM

The junior cricket season came to an exciting climax on Sunday with many of the Grand Finals coming down to the wire.

Lovely sunshine on Friday night and periods of drizzly rain on Sunday morning made for contrasting conditions but it didn't seem to affect the results too much as some teams were able defend their score and some were able to chase down sizeable targets.

Here is a brief run down of the six Junior Grand Finals completed over the weekend.


The U18s was a classic match between two very good teams fighting it out to the end. Holy Trinity posted a very competitive total on Friday of 162 with 7 players reaching double figures and a top score of 28 by Ryan Miller. While it was slow going early for Northcote United, once they got going after the break the momentum had shifted, led by Marcel Moran top scoring with 39 and with a run a ball required in the last 5 overs it was anyone's final. However, Holy Trinity brought back their two frontline bowlers Leo Manteit and Tom Coulter (player of the match with 3/29) to take important wickets and dry up the runs. Holy Trinity getting home by 5 runs in a thriller.
Result - Holy Trinity 162 def Northcote United 8/157
Player of the match - Tom Coulter (HT)


The U15s Division One was a better result for Northcote United as they chased down Bundoora Park's excellent first innings score of 5/176. The word from NU on Friday night was that the team and done very well to fight back with some tight bowling, as it looked like earlier in the night that Bundoora Park were headed for a score of over 200. A brilliant knock by Alex Johnston (52no) wasn't enough for Bundoora Park as man of the match Jimmy Anderson with (46no) led NU to victory in the 38th over.
Result - Northcote United 4/179 def Bundoora Park 5/176
Player of the match - Jimmy Anderson


The U15s Division Two Final looked like it was going to be a one sided affair after Keon Park's strong opening bowling pair Ostinn Bellingham (3/11) and Jai Hockey (2/7) ripped through North Alphington to bowl them out for 64 and looked in total control at 0/20 at stumps on Friday. However, NACC didn't give up and claimed some early wickets on day two to give themselves a chance. A gritty 20no by Ethan Cain got Keon Park over the line in the 29th over and a medal for player of the match.
Result - Keon Park 5/64 def NACC 63
Player of the match - Ethan Cain


U13s Division One was another final that could have gone either way. Dennis's score of 7/131 on Friday night didn't seem enough but North Alphington came up against a very tight bowling side, a slow outfield and the Sunday rain didn't help. Alex Hardlitschke bowled as tight as ever for NACC with 3/16 off 6 overs but Dennis were set up by Archie Gruenert (31no) and Josh Jedretich (35no). NACC were all out for 113 in the 39th over. Dom Edwards (27) top scored for NACC and for Dennis, Josh Jedretich also starred with the ball taking 2/8 off 5 overs and Matt Corcoran 2/10 off 6 overs.
Result - Dennis 7/131 def NACC 113
Player of the match - Joshua Jedretich


It was an absolute thriller at Capp Reserve in the U13 North Division. Our new split over innings format worked a treat here with the match ebbing and flowing over the two days. Preston Druids were undefeated all season and found themselves in big trouble at 5/48 at the end of the first 20 overs, Jaxsyn Aminde top scoring with 14. Rivergum were right in the match at 2/32 at the end of play on Friday. Rivergum continued on day two and finished with a competitive 5/88 off 40 overs, Jaxsyn Aminde again making a contribution fro Druids with (1/3) off 5 overs and Jack Morley starred for Rivergum with (31no). In a low scoring match and only five wickets left, all the pressure was on Druids to make the 40 runs for victory.
Druids Toby Hallebone (27runs ) proved to be the key in the second part of their innings. Rivergum had some impressive little bowlers with Lachlan Barrett (3/6) and Jack Bell (3/17). It came down to the last ball and in a chaotic finish Druids thought they had won, Rivergum ran the Druids last player out while he was celebrating, the match was called a tie, then after checking the scorebook, Druids came out as the winner by one run. Wow! I don't even know if i got all that right but Crooksy said it was a ripper. Our rules state that if the match is a tie that the higher placed team would have won. It's a contentious one and has been raised before but I think it can be reviewed again, especially for U13 level. 
Result - Preston Druids 89 def Rivergum 5/88
Player of the match - Jaxsyn Aminde


Another memorable and exciting finish in the U13 South Division battle of the Ivanhoes with Ivanhoe triumphant over the Roosters in the 39th over. This was a high scoring affair and another excellent chase in the second half of Sunday's split innings. Excellent figures by Ryan Mantello of (2/6) off 4 overs helped Ivanhoe's cause and Lachlan Bamford from Ivanhoe completed an outstanding season with (36no) and the player of the match medal.

Result - Ivanhoe 8/162 def Ivanhoe Roosters 7/161
Player of the match - Lachlan Bamford


See you at Junior Presentation on Monday 20th March from 7pm

Last updated: Thursday March 9, 2017 4:55PM
Author: Michael Harold