Gippslanders fight with pride

Bridie Kimpton has had a week to remember at the Cricket Victoria State Championships, with the Latrobe cricketer amassing 158 runs to finish the week the under 16 women’s sixth-highest run scorer.

The Central Gippsland youngster batted four times during last week’s tournament, blasting two 50s on her way to a tournament average of 52.7.

Kimpton may have scored even more runs but she was not required to bat in Gippsland Pride’s 32-run win against Metropolitan Inner South East on day two.

However, she helped achieve the victory by snaring the wicket of top scorer Sophie Young (13).

It would be the Pride’s only win for the week as it finished bottom of its group.

Sale-Maffra representative Narelle Brown was the team’s best bowler with five wickets at an average of 9.6.

The Cricket Victoria State Championships are weeklong tournaments played in Melbourne yearly across a variety of age groups which pit the finest junior boys and girls cricketers against each other.

Edged out

GIPPSLAND Pride’s under 18 men narrowly missed out on a semi-final berth at last week’s Cricket Victoria State Championships.

The Pride got its tournament off to great start, recording wins in its first three group stage games.

On day one it notched up its first win against Metropolitan South East Bayside before backing it up on day two with a come-from-behind win against North East Country. Gippsland found itself on top of its group and solidified its position with a victory against Metropolitan Inner South East on the back of 44 runs from Moe cricketer Joel Mitchell, who represents Casey South Melbourne in Premier Cricket.

But the Pride’s dream run came to an end on Thursday against Metropolitan Inner East, after the Melbourne team overhauled Gippsland’s 187 for the loss of just three wickets.

The loss meant Gippsland finished second in its group on percentage.

Mitchell was the team’s best batsman with 107 at an average of 26.75, while Warragul and District representative Kim Drew was the standout bowler with nine scalps at the enviable average of 14.22

The Dowling Shield, the under 16 boy’s championship, begins in Melbourne today.

Strong finish

The players of Gippsland Pride’s under 14 girl’s team finished second in their group after winning two of their Cricket Victoria State Championships matches last week.

After losing its opening two matches, Gippsland roared back into contention by posting 171 from its 25 overs to record a 63-run win over Metropolitan Inner East on Thursday.

It followed up the win by easily overhauling North East Country’s score of 8/116, posting 5/151 off the back of an unbeaten 41 by Chloe Mckenzie from the Buchan Cricket Club.

McKenzie finished the tournament the team’s top bat with 90 runs at an average of 45.

Sale-Maffra representative Grace Wrigglesworth was the top performer with the ball, taking five wickets at an average 5.4.