Western Waves win at country championships

THE Western Waves under-14 and under-16 boys' cricket teams have started their state championships campaigns in Melbourne with wins over the Outer East Eagles on Monday.

In the under-14s, the Waves restricted the Eagles to 9-108 off 40 overs, before moving to 0-70 in reply at Ringwood's Jubilee Park.

But three quick wickets meant the Waves just scraped over the line in the last over, with Kiata's Louis Preston not out on two alongside captain Daniel Kerber on 28.

Brodie Couch took 2-12 off eight overs for the Waves, and Lachie Field claimed 2-13, while Birchip left-arm quick Joe Reid opened the bowling, finishing with 1-19 off seven.

On Russell Lucas Oval, Ringwood's Premier 1st XI ground, an unbeaten century from Warrnambool and District's Hugh McCluggage led the Waves to a 62-run win over the Eagles.

Waves all-rounder Liam Brown, who was awarded player of the tournament at Horsham's under-15 Country Week, chipped in with 51 and two wickets.

At the midway point of yesterday's matches against the Inner East Emus at Doncaster's Schramms Reserve, the Waves' under-14s had dismissed their oppponents for 107 after 38 overs, and the Waves' under-16s had been bowled out for 118 after 39 overs.

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