Western Waves finish Country Week on a high

THE Western Waves under-14s won their semi-final match against South East Sharks to finish the Victorian Bushrangers State Championships tournament on a high note.

The Waves were defeated by Northern Rivers on Thursday, denying them a chance to finish higher in the standings.

In Friday’s semi-final, the Sharks won the toss and elected to bat, reaching 6-126 from their 40 overs.

Waves’ Dominic Bandara continued his fine form with the ball, taking another two wickets, while Sam Lambevski claimed two.

Bandara was a standout player for the Waves, taking 14 wickets total. He also made 74 runs with the bat, which included three not-outs.

The Sharks had a great start, making 71 runs thanks to openers James Long, 55, and Ryan Hammel, 26, before Hammel was dismissed.

From there, the Waves reined in the Sharks’ scoring, taking 5-55 to keep the run chase manageable. Although it was tight, the Waves reached the Sharks’ score in 38 overs, while losing six wickets.

The Sharks struck early, dismissing both Waves’ openers before Jordi Withers and Xavier Stevens combined to put the team back on track.

Withers made 34 runs and Stevens 22 before they were dismissed. From there, solid lower order batting from Lachlan Field and Isaac Wareham saw the Waves sneak home.

On Thursday, the Waves had another close game on their hands, this time going down to Northern Rivers by three runs.

The Waves batted first and made 8-120.

Field again contributed with the bat, this time making 32 runs, while Bailey Jenkinson also chipped in with 21.

Northern Rivers chased down the Waves’ score, but it took the full 40 overs for it to do so.

It finished with 9-123. Bandara was again among the wickets, taking 3-8 from three overs.

Alexander Jennings also took three wickets.

However, the pair’s efforts were not enough to curb Northern Rivers’ scoring.

The Waves finished second in their pool, claiming three wins and two losses for the week.

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