Western Waves post victory at state cricket championships

THE Western Waves finished the under-18 male state cricket championships on the right note, recording their first victory in their final game against the Inner East Emus at University Oval in Melbourne on Wednesday.

In a match reduced to 35 overs due to heat, the Waves put on a respectable total, before the side's Wimmera contingent did the bulk of the damage with the ball.

After winning the toss and batting first, the Waves posted 5-148 on the back of strong contributions from Hamish Withers, 45 not out, and Ben Threlfall, 36.

In reply, West Warrnambool's Tom Smith made the first breakthrough, before the Wimmera talent took centre stage.

Jung Tigers leg-spinner Angus Adams claimed the next three wickets to have the Emus in a spin at 4-42, before Horsham Saints opening bowler Josh Carroll and Kiata spinner Darcy Preston combined for the next four wickets.

The Emus, then 8-115, progressed to 136, before Smith returned to pick up the final two wickets, dismissing the Emus for 142 with four balls to spare.

The four bowlers combined to take all 10 opposition wickets Smith finished with figures of 3-15, Adams 3-24, Carroll 2-21 and Preston 2-31.

Carroll, one of the Waves' bottom age players, said it was a good team bowling effort on a batsman-friendly wicket University Oval wicket.

"The wicket wasn't really doing anything...I was trying to build dots and bowl line and length," he said.

"It was a pretty good win, and reward for our effort across the week."

He said the week was an enjoyable experience with a really strong level of cricket, with the team staying at Melbourne University's Trinity College.

"The grounds were very, very good, the wickets were flat and you could trust the bounce," Carroll said. "The opposition were very even, a lot of the sides were even in batting down to number 11."

"Probably just the week overall (was a highlight), playing with a new group of guys was a great experience."

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