It was another tough weekend of competition for the junior Highlands teams.
Following the latest round of representative matches, the under-16s was the only Highlands team to record a victory.
The Highlands faced Shoalhaven and enjoyed a four wicket win.
Shoalhaven won the toss and batted first, making 7-111 off 20 overs. Will Preddey and Liam Bayliss both picked up two wickets each for the Highlands.
The Highlands then chased the total down in the 16th over to finish at 6-114 with Jack Baldwin (65) and Hamish Pinn (15) leading the way with the bat.
The under-14s came up against South Coast and had a 31 run loss.
Winning the toss and batting first, South Coast finished at 8-138 from 20 overs.
Finn Kaufline bowled well for the Highlands taking 4-19 and Will Thomson finished with three wickets.
The Highlands also batted out their 20 overs but were unable to reach the total, finishing at 4-107.
Hal Canute (30), Thomson (25) and Hayden Willebrand (20) were the main run scorers.
For the under-12s, it was a competitive performance, even though they didn't come away with a win.
The first game against Illawarra was a cracker in which everyone should be very proud of the performance.
Bowling first the Highlands faced two very competent and hard hitting openers who made 44 from 49 balls and 76 from 48 balls respectively in an opening stand of 138 and they finished with 2-166 from their 20 overs.
The pick of the bowlers was Annalee Watson who opened and bowled economically amid the onslaught with two overs of 0-6, Harry Kowalski with 1-11 from two tidy overs.
Jesse Hol and keeper Mali Cassar also combined for a late runout with a great return from the boundary by Hol to Cassar who was very slick in taking the bails off for a great runout.
Will Torr and Darcy Kent led the way out to chase 166.
Kent batted comfortably throughout the innings for his first 50 finishing with 56.
Torr also batted well and his forward defence and square driving was a pleasure to watch.
He contributed 23 in a partnership of 79 for the first wicket in 14 overs.
Cassar came in at three and was under pressure to score quickly and after blasting the bowler over mid on for two off his first ball was out to a good catch.
Sam Harwood and Jason Campese had six and eight balls each for a bit of a slog at the end for a quickfire 14 and 8 respectively pushing the Illawarra side all the way to the last over.
The Highlands finished at 4-140.
A second game against Shoalhaven in the afternoon meant another tough match.
Hol and Campese put their hands up to open and played well against a good opening pair to put 15 on the board before Hol feathered an under edge behind to be out for 12.
Harry Kowalski looked comfortable and after straight driving the bowler straight back over his head was a little unlucky to be out caught shortly after.
Maeve Kaufline batted through a tough period of very accurate bowling but must have softened them up for Sam Harwood who coming in at eight loved the short pitched bowling to deposit six boundaries over square leg and point to put on a strong partnership with Tom Olofsen.
After Olofsen was bowled, Cassar came in for round two and played a beautiful flick over the square leg umpire but out popped a fielder from behind his back to take a good catch.
Harwood and Torr put on a handy 17 run partnership and Kent and Harwood put on a further 20 for the last wicket to get the Highlands to 9-82 from 20 overs.
Harwood with a good knock of 42 including 19 off the last over remained not out with Kent on one.
Shoalhaven batted well and their opening bat played well to score 49 not out along with the other opener on 25 not out and they comfortably reached the target in the 15th over.
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