Solid effort by Central Highlanders

Mace Cousins. (Shawn Smits)

By Tara Murray

Central Highlands had a mixed week at the Youth Premier League under-18 championships last week.

The Highlanders finished third in their conference with two wins, as much of the tournament was affected by smoke.

All teams had at least two draws, with the Highlanders one of those teams to have three draws.

The Highlanders lost their two opening day matches to the Waves and the Falcons, before there was no play on day two. The Highlanders match on Wednesday against the Spirit also didn’t go ahead. The side would finish the tournament on a high, with two wins on the final day.

First up they beat the Mallee.

The Highlanders restricted the Mallee to 5-83, before quickly making the runs, finishing 1-84.

Bacchus Marsh’s Mace Cousins finished 37 not out. Later that day, the Highlanders beat the Rivers.

It was a good bowling performance by the Highlanders, bowling the Mallee out for just 66.

The bowlers shared the wickets around, with four players getting two wickets each.

The Highlanders needed just over half their overs to get the runs, finishing 1-67.

Former Rupertswood star Emerson White top scored with 36 at the top of the order.

The under-14 boys also finished off their campaign last week, finishing with one win.