The Ballarat teams continued their impressive Central Highlands region Intersport SportzBiz junior cricket country week campaigns with victories across all age-groups on Wednesday.
Ballarat Gold in particular has been dominant, recording wins in excess of 100 runs against Maryborough on Wednesday as it remains undefeated and advances to the finals – which will be played on Friday.
In the under-15s an all-Ballarat showdown will take place in one of the four finals. After three rounds of group stages, the top two of each pool advance to the quarter-finals.
On Wednesday, Tom McKenzie belted 73 to help the Ballarat Gold under-15 side to 218 runs. While in the under-13s, four players retired not out after reaching 40 as Ballarat Gold amassed 275 runs. Xavier Moon, one of the 40-plus run-scorers, took 4-16 with the ball in a great day for the all-rounder.
ROUND 3 SUMMARY
POOL A: Ballarat Blue 8-137 d Castlemaine 7-134, Gisborne Green 5-182 d Grampians 7-83
POOL B: Ballarat Gold 6-218 d Maryborough 79, Gisborne White 4-208 d Grenville 9-132
CHARGING IN: Ballarat Gold under-13 bowler Levhi Givvens lets the ball go at the top of his action in the Central Highlands region junior cricket country week action.
POOL A: Ballarat Blue 9-112 d Castlemaine 59, Gisborne Green 9-156 d Grampians 9-87
POOL B: Ballarat Gold 3-275 d Maryborough 8-118, Gisborne White 4-160 d Grenville 140
POOL A: Ballarat Blue 8, 1.5418; Gisborne Green 8, 1.5079; Castlemaine 8, 1.2899; Grampians 0, 0.2818
POOL B: Ballarat Gold 12, 3.2118; Gisborne White 8, 2.1155; Grenville 4, 0.5805; Maryborough 0, 0.2060
POOL A: Gisborne Green 12 points, 1.0618; Ballarat Blue 8, 1.1434; Castlemaine 4, 1.6228; Grampians 0, 0.4813
POOL B: Ballarat Gold 12, 3.2918; Gisborne White 8, 1.2909; Grenville 4, 0.6910; Maryborough 0, 0.2979
J.McDonald (Gisborne Green) 87
T.McKenzie (Ballarat Gold) 73
T.Maple (Ballarat Blue) 53
M.McLean (Gisborne White) 47
D.Boorsma (Gisborne Green) 3-8
A.Brasher (Castlemaine) 3-16
J.Jarred (Ballarat Gold) 2-0
L.Haydon (Ballarat Gold) 2-6
A.Miles (Gisborne White) 2-7
K.Wells (Ballarat Gold) 43*
J.Humprhies (Ballarat Gold) 41*
D.Hocking (Ballarat Gold) 40*
X.Moon (Ballarat Gold) 40*
W.McKay (Gisborne White) 40*
X.Moon (Ballarat Gold) 4-16
E.Holloway (Ballarat Blue) 3-7
A.Lalor (Gisborne White) 3-23
O.O’Sullivan (Castlemaine) 2-4
S.Kettle (Grampians) 2-7
FINALS FIXTURES (to be played on January 5)
Ballarat Blue v Ballarat Gold, Wendouree; Gisborne Green v Gisborne White, Northern Oval; Castlemaine v Grenville, Alfredton; Grampians v Maryborough, Western Oval
Gisborne Green v Ballarat Gold, Russell Square; Ballarat Blue v Gisborne White, Russell Square; Castlemaine v Grenville, Wendouree; Grampians v Maryborough, Alfredton