Wang Blue topples Wang Gold in Junior Country Week cricket

WELL BOWLED: Callum Spiers bowls for CAW against CAW Country in the Junior Country Week cricket carnival. The event runs until Friday
WELL BOWLED: Callum Spiers bowls for CAW against CAW Country in the Junior Country Week cricket carnival. The event runs until Friday

Wang Blue has beaten Wang Gold in their under 16 clash in the Junior Country Week cricket carnival.

The powerful Blue posted 198 with Will Christopher top-scoring with 79, while Adam Looker scored 56 at Yarrawonga’s Victoria Park.

“Adam opened the batting, he hits the ball pretty well, particularly through midwicket, so it’s a lightning outfield here and they just made the most of that, finding the gaps,” Gold coach John O’Donohue said.

“Will just found the gaps today and drove well, and our bowlers weren’t good enough to get him out.”

O’Donohue was pleased though with his attack, the bowlers sharing the wickets around.

So it’s a lightning outfield here and they just made the most of that, finding the gaps.

John O'Donohue

“You’d take four an over on this ground, as I said it’s lightning quick,” O’Donohue said.

“They’re preparing it for the tennis in a couple of weeks, so it’s pretty short cut.”

Wang Gold was bowled out for 132, with tailenders Ed Bramich and Tate Pegler scoring 15 apiece.

Meanwhile, CAW Country has unveiled a star in Eddy Ziebarth.

He hit his third successive century, posting an unbeaten 96 against CAW.

“No-one knows anything about him,” Country coach David Grant said.

“Eddy’s a very solid batsman, got a good head on him, and is able to score very quickly,

“He’s got the ability to tempo his game when they ring the field.

“So in the last five overs with the temptation to keep hitting, he basically looked to hit twos and threes, very sensible kid.

‘He can bowl as well, we’re trying to save him a bit, because he’s making so many runs.”

Ziebarth plays for East Albury at junior level, but then plays for Burrumbuttock in the Brocklesby and District Association in the afternoon.

He scored 52 against Wagga, and followed that with another classy 83 against Upper Hume.

Highly respected Border coach Max Shepherd questioned why the youngster had slipped under the radar.

“He said why isn’t he picked for Riverina or that sort of stuff,” Grant said.

Interestingly, Grant has batted Ziebarth at number six, maintaining it’s his best spot.

Country posted 8-210 from its 50 overs, with Jake Hill superb, snaring 5-44 from his 10 overs.

At one stage, CAW had crawled to 5-60 off 31 overs, with Country captain Eddie Keogh claiming three scalps.

He was miserly too, finishing with 3-13 from 10 overs, with four maidens.

“Eddie just bowled so accurately,” Grant said.

“He’s bowled 29 overs through the first three days and is going for less than three runs per over.”

He received strong support from Howlong opening bowler Dean Simmons, who took 2-16, while Austin Shepherd chipped in with a double as well.

Hill starred for the home team, posting an unbeaten 45 in the 131-run total.

It follows his 61 against Wang Gold in Benalla on Tuesday.