NORTHERN Rivers under 14 boys representative season has come to an end with the team finishing as runners-up.
After a strong campaign, the side fell at the hands of Metropolitan South East Bayside in the Victorian u14 boys state championship final.
Batting first on Sunday afternoon, the side put forward a strong performance of 6/151 off their 40 overs.
The side was anchored by James Barri, who completed the innings with an unbeaten 79.
Unfortunately, Rochester Tigers youngsters Waugh George and Kobyn James did not put forward their best performances. George was run out for three while James made 10.
Northern Rivers’ target would prove to be competitive none the less, with their opposition losing a number of early wickets, making for an interesting run chase.
The third member of the Tigers trio, Austin Reinehr was one of the best contributors with the ball, ending with strong figures of 2/29, including the important wicket of Jordan Barden when the game was getting away from the side.
The chief destroyer for the opposition however was James Keys, who finished the innings unbeaten on 77 while steering his side home.
Despite the best efforts of the bowlers, the total was just short of a victory score.
Metropolitan South East Bayside chased the runs down with just two overs to spare.
Ray George, president of the Rochester Tigers Cricket Club, said the players should be incredibly proud.
‘‘I think the team have played incredibly well throughout the entire carnival, they have put out some really good results throughout this competition, including today,’’ George said.
‘‘They batted really well today, they put a good score on the board.
‘‘That’s the thing about cricket though, you aren’t always going to win. Sometimes its just not your day.’’
While the side may not have won the overall tournament, it was a very successful tournament for their individual players.
Tigers young gun Waugh George has been selected to one of four all-star teams from the tournament.
A new tournament, which will see teams take on the Stars and Renegades names of their states Big Bash counterparts, will see these all-star teams square off for the opportunity at selection into the under 15 state side.
‘‘It’s a new format that they are going with this year,’’ George said.
‘‘It gives the selectors the opportunity to see all of this young talent competing together and what they have to offer.
‘‘It means that whoever they pick for the state side has proven they can play a great game against some of the best players the state has to offer.’’