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Grace Moyle guides Echuca to GMC women’s premiership

By Brayden May

GRACE Moyle has a level of composure beyond her years and her Echuca women's cricket teammates are extremely thankful.

Without her, they would not be Goulburn Murray Cricket A grade premiers.

When the teenager walked to the crease against Leitchville-Gunbower, Echuca were reeling at 5/30 after winning the toss and electing to bat.

Moyle then produced arguably her innings of the season, scoring 21 runs off 30 balls before retiring as per competition rules.

She was well supported by Shaylee Anderson (11 runs) and Veronica Denton as the hosts posted 7/88 from their 20 overs.

“Grace is an extremely calm player whenever she walks to the crease,” Echuca coach Jon Varcoe said.

“Her ability to steady the ship certainly gave the girls around her a lot of confidence. I thought she controlled the situation well.

“She is an amazing player who I'm sure a lot of people around the club can't wait to see develop in the coming years.

“I thought our total was about par considering the ground was quite slow. The ability of our girls to score late in the innings proved pivotal.”

Echuca's bowlers proved to be far too strong in Leitchville-Gunbower's chase as Bree Gaylor led the way with 4/7 from 3.3 overs, including the match winning wicket.

The visitors were never able to get going as they were all out for 49, with just three balls remaining in the innings.

Gaylor's first three wickets put her side well and truly on the front foot as it left Leitchy-Gunny in big trouble at 3-7.

Danielle Garden was just as influential with the ball in her hand, taking three wickets of her own.

And Varcoe couldn't have been more impressed with his bowling group.

“They were absolutely outstanding from the first ball of Leitchville-Gunbower's innings,” he said.

“All season we've spoken about bowling a tight line and length which the girls delivered on Sunday.

“And their efforts translated into the field, where we were able to increase the pressure by playing with some great intensity.”

While Echuca will never forget their maiden premiership on Sunday, Varcoe took a holistic view of the season.

“The level of development of every player has been outstanding,” he said.

“When we first came together, we had some girls who had never played a game and their willingness to learn has made my job much easier a coach.

“I think our team had a great blend of youth and experience which made for a great balance. Everyone's attitude has been amazing and I've really enjoyed the season.

“A lot of credit needs to go to the people who helped establish the competition in this format because I think it has been very successful.

“I look forward to seeing it take another big step forward next season.”

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