The Under 15 Leongatha Country Week team went through the week undefeated to win the competition at Traralgon. The victorious team is, from back left, junior cricket co-ordinator Geoff Wyatt, coach Steve Brann, Brett Thornson, Damon Ginnane, Jye Celebrine, Elijah Cousins, Steven Birchell, Jacob Beckwith, Daniel Blackney and assistant coach Daniel Turton. Front, Adam Honeysett, Harry McNeil, Jack Rosenow, co-captain Koby Brann, co-captain Ben Perry, Jaxon Wade and Joel Worner.
Bowling attack secures Under 15s win and Under 14s show promise
THE strength of the LDCA junior ranks has been displayed once again after the Under 15s representative team won the Gippsland Junior Country Week.
Led by coach Steve Brann and manager Daniel Turton, the Under 15s went through the week undefeated to be crowned champions, following the team’s triumph in the Under 14s last season.
The Under 15s started off the week strongly as they bowled Alberton out for 13 at Traralgon South.
Daniel Blackney claimed 6/6 off five overs and combined with fellow opening bowler Ben Perry who finished with 4/7 off 5.1 overs.
Leongatha made light work of the low total with Perry backing up his bowling effort by smashing 107 runs before retiring.
His incredible knock from the number four position included 11 fours.
Leongatha batted well across the board for a score of 285, before sending Alberton in to bat again for 34 overs but they were unable to grab an outright victory.
Leongatha’s fine form continued in Game 2 as they bowled Traralgon out for 19 at Catterick Crescent.
Perry was on fire again with 4/11 off six overs and Blackney grabbed 3/8 off six overs.
The LDCA reached 100 in reply with Elijah Cousins top scoring with 26, before Traralgon batted again and were bowled out for 90 with Jaxon Wade taking 5/10 off 4.5 overs.
Leongatha cruised to an outright victory at 1/12 off 3.1 overs.
Game 3 saw Leongatha’s bowling attack shine again as they bowled out Central Gippsland for 75 at Duncan Cameron Park.
Jye Celebrine nabbed 4/12 off six overs to lead all wicket takers.
In reply, opening batsmen Koby Brann led his side to victory with an impressive knock of 93, including 12 fours.
His score was enough to see Leongatha reach 2/148 and remain unbeaten.
The Under 15s faced their biggest challenge of the week in Game 4 against Bairnsdale at Churchill.
Bairnsdale became the only team to bat out 50 overs against Leongatha and finished with 9/136.
Blackney was the pick of the LDCA bowlers with 3/23 off eight overs.
After a rain delay, Leongatha continued its dominance with Celebrine, 69 not out, and Brann 52, steering the side to victory which saw the LDCA win Country Week.
Ben Perry and Daniel Blackney shared the Gippsland Bowling Award with 14 wickets apiece.
In the batting, Koby Brann made 172 runs at an average of 43, Jye Celebrine made 124 at an average of 41.33 and Perry made 112 runs at an average of 112.
Perry finished second in overall performances for Gippsland and Brann finished third.
The Under 14s went within 1.56 points of winning the competition under coach Rob Geyer and team manager Jareth Hume.
Four sides each won three games for the week, with Leongatha finishing fourth on percentage.
The first game of the competition was what cost the Leongatha boys as Warragul batted first and reached 4/166 off 40 overs at Jack Canavan Reserve.
Alex Geyer grabbed 3/25 off seven overs.
In reply, the LDCA was bowled out for 71 in the 34th over in their only loss of the week.
Geyer top scored with 20 runs for Leongatha.
Game 2 was much better for Leongatha as they batted first and made 8/128 off 40 overs against Traralgon at Jack Canavan Reserve.
Geyer hit 38 runs and Aaron Bardwell batted well for 36 runs.
The bowlers got the job done as they bowled Traralgon out for 96, led by Thomas Sheedy with 4/13.
Game 3 saw a dominant batting display from Leongatha as they reached 3/144 off 40 overs against Sale-Maffra at Glengarry.
Geyer belted 59 runs including 7 fours and a six, and Bardwell hit 51 runs.
Quality fielding from the LDCA saw them bowl out Sale-Maffra for 133 to secure victory.
Joel Brann was the pick of the bowlers with 2/15 off six overs.
In Game 4 against Bairnsdale at Old Trafford, Leongatha batted first with Geyer leading all comers again with 52 runs including 8 fours as his side reached 8/132 off 40 overs.
Jack Hume’s 4/13 ensured Bairnsdale was bowled out for 81 and gave Leongatha another victory.
The final match saw Geyer continue his stellar form throughout the week with a hat trick against Central Gippsland.
Central Gippsland recovered to make 8/130 with Geyer claiming 4/16 off eight overs.
The Leongatha run chase began disastrously as they lost five early wickets, before Jacob Lamers steadied the ship with 42 runs.
But Central Gippsland proved too strong and Leongatha was bowled out for 93.
Alex Geyer won the bowling award for Gippsland with 13 wickets and he led Leongatha’s batting with 169 runs at an average of 33.80, followed by Aaron Bardwell who made 103 runs at an average of 25.75.