WINNERS: Hamilton won the under-15s Horsham Country Week tournament on Friday. Hamilton went undefeated in the competition, and beat Warrnambool Blue in the final. Picture: PAUL CARRACHERHAMILTON Cricket Associationfinished a dream carnival runwith an under-15s HorshamCountry Week title.
After Wednesday’s play, onlyHamilton, Wimmera-Mallee andWarrnambool Blue remainedundefeated.
Wimmera-Mallee, in thirdplace, was scheduled to againstsecond-placed WarrnamboolBlue on Thursday for a spot inFriday’s grand final.
However, rain washed outThursday’s games, ruiningWimmera-Mallee’s chances at afinals bid.
Instead, Warrnambool progressedthrough to the grandfinal on percentage.
Horsham Cricket Associationsecretary Darren Chesterfieldsaid it was disappointing onlyone game could be played on thefinal two days.
‘‘It had been a really goodweek until then, we’ve had lots ofgood cricket played and a fewgood individual performances,’’he said.
‘‘But the kids all had smiles ontheir faces and they were lookinga bit tired so that means they’veprobably had a good week.’’
Mr Chesterfield said it wasgreat to see Wimmera-Mallee goundefeated after years of beingtowards the bottom of the tablein the competition.
‘‘They’ve put a lot of work intotheir junior cricket and it is goodto see some of that work pay off,’’he said.
In the Country Week grandfinal, Hamilton batted first andposted 167, while WarrnamboolBlue was not quite up to thechase, scoring 9-138 from its 45overs.
Hamilton coach Robbie Cooksaid his team had played wellthroughout the week.
‘‘We thought we had a goodside but you never know whoyou’re going to play against andhow you’re going to performagainst other teams’ best,’’ hesaid.
‘‘It was a great week undertrying conditions with the hotweather early on and then therain.’’
Cook said everyone from theteam chipped in during Friday’sfinal.
Hamilton captain and numberthree bat Daniel Kerber was thetop-scorer for Hamilton with 48runs, while Ben Annett did damagewith the ball with fourwickets for 16 runs off five overs.
Lachlan Field had a great all-roundperformance for the team,with 26 runs, a wicket and fourmaidens from nine overs for only12 runs, and a catch.
Warrnambool Blue opener Damon Cooper top-scored for histeam with 47 runs, with NickRobertson the second-highestscorer with 20.
Lewis Eldridge took threewickets and conceded 16 runsfrom five overs with the ball.
Mr Chesterfield said after thecompetition swelled to 10 teamsthis year, compared with sevenlast year, he was happy with itssize and there were no plans toexpand it.
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