RUNNERS UP: Roma's 11 - 14 years lost in a close match against a very good St George team.
RUNNERS UP: Roma's 11 - 14 years lost in a close match against a very good St George team. Contributed

Our juniors fall short

CRICKET: Junior pink stumps day delivered an epic contest between bat and ball from some of the southwest's most promising players.

Held at St George, the junior age, 11-14 years, title was sought by four teams - Roma, St George, Goondiwindi and Tara.

The opening game featured St George against Tara, with St George winning by an impressive 48 runs and progressing to the final.

In the second game, Roma defeated Goondiwindi by 41 runs to progress to the final where the side met a red-hot St George team that had been monumental in its earlier game.

Tara and Goondiwindi played for third place.

Goondiwindi proved too strong in this fixture.

St George and Roma both fielded strong teams and both had genuine prospects of claiming the overall winner's crown.

Sandon Dahstrom led the way for St George and scored a match-winning 51 runs not out, with Braydon Bella playing a supporting role and scoring 12 runs.

Roma had its own superstar players, with Angus Orchison leading the way with 22 runs not out.

Angus also proved to be a promising bowler, taking one wicket for a single run.

Max Henningsen played a support act and contributed with the bat with a handy nine runs.

Unfortunately the Roma XI fell short of St George's target and finished in second place.

In the Mods category, St George Blue was runner-up to Goondiwindi which defeated St George by a narrow margin.

The Minis also featured a strong mixture of exceptional batting performances.

Despite the best efforts of St George Blue, which performed admirably, Goondiwindi was simply too good, winning by a narrow margin to be crowned champion.