NIRRANDA’S promising junior contingent have sent the most ominous warning yet to their Warrnambool and District Cricket Association rivals.
The Knights toppled an experienced Wesley-CBC by just nine runs to take out the association’s division three premiership on Saturday.
The team, made up almost entirely of youngsters and club stalwarts, was buoyed by its strong total of 176 and managed to deny a late Beavers onslaught which yielded countless boundaries.
Nirranda captain Alex Blake conceded it was vital for the club to keep its strong juniors in maroon and white if the Knights were to move forward.
“If the juniors stick together, we’ll have the best (division one) team going around. There’s no doubt about that,” he said.
“We’ve got good coaches, good facilities, and a really strong club backing. There’s big things ahead out at Nirranda.”
Knight Allan Wallace was acknowledged as the game’s most valuable player after an innings of 64 on Mack Oval’s artificial turf.
Talented youngster Ollie Stansfield claimed 4-34 to stake his claim with ball-in-hand.
If the juniors stick together, we’ll have the best (division one) team going around.Alex Blake