Riverina experienced an up and down day in the under 16 Bradman Cup at Wodonga on Wednesday.
Riverina lost their first Twenty20 match of the day to Central Coast. Riverina was restricted to 8-88 as the visitors passed the total with 13 balls and six wickets in hand.
Kyle Bennett (18 not out) and Sam Stening (15 not out) saved Riverina from a total disaster with the bat. Stening also claimed a wicket with the ball, while Blake Walker grabbed two stumpings.
Riverina bounced back later in the day with a six-wicket win over Central Northern.
Connor Willis claimed 5-8 as Central Northern were bowled out for 97.
Riverina passed the total with 4.2 overs to spare with Josh Mills (27 retired) and Walker (22) leading the way.
On the final day of play, the Riverina side took on Greater Illawarra and was set a tough target of chasing down 209 in 50 overs.
James Roche (1/19) continued his good competition with the ball while Fergus Cattanach (1/54) and Jock Yelland (1/19) picked up a wicket each.
Mills (59) was the only Riverina batsmen to get a start as Bennett (0) was unable to trouble the scorers as he was run out while Yelland (2) and Fergus Cattanach (6*) offered some resistance before Riverina were bowled out for 146 to see them fall 62 runs short of victory.
It was a tough day for the Riverina’s Kookaburra Cup side who fell to a last-ball defeat at the hands of Newcastle.
Hayden Forner (34) chipped in with the bat to see the Riverina side post 150 off 38 overs before the keeper finish with a catch and a run out while Noah Gaske picked up a catch as Newcastle past the total on the final ball with five wickets in hand.
On the final day of action, the Kookaburra Cup side took on Greater Illawarra with Ben Signor (50) being the standout with the bat while Jake Scott (36) and Charlie Hillier (22) as the Riverina side set a total of 151 off 38.4 overs.
The Riverina side managed to push the game into the final over before the Illawarra side knocked the winning runs with three balls to spare and eight wickets in hand. The result means the Kookaburra Cup side finish in fifth on six points.