THE Western Waves under-14 and under-16 boys cricket teams came close but fell short of snaring wins to finish off the state championships in Melbourne on Friday.
The under-14s finished seventh out of 16 teams after falling seven runs short of the North West Wizards in a Twenty20, while the under-16s fell two wickets short of a win against the Western Spirit in a 35-over match.
At Melbourne Grammar School, the Waves under-14s restricted the Wizards to 8-75 from their allotted overs, but could only manage 4-68 in reply. The under-16s meanwhile scored 5-156 against the Spirit at Geelong Grammar, on the back of a half-century from Hugh McCluggage.
A late four-wicket burst from Waves quick Liam Brown couldnt get the side over the line .
Kiata spinner Louis Preston made the biggest impact of the six Wimmera players at this week's tournaments, claiming six wickets at the incredible average of 6.8 in the under-14s.