The Upper Great Southern Cricket Association under-16 B-section side finished third in their pool at the annual junior country week tournament in Perth. The Uppers side were without a win after their first four games but rattled off two straight victories against the Great Southern Cricket Association to finish their campaign on a positive note. Uppers tied with rivals Esperance after a day one thriller at Kingsway Sports Ground before losses to Busselton-Margaret River, Eastern Goldfields and Wellington. In their round five game on Thursday, Great Southern made 125 in the 50-over contest at Jubilee Reserve, with Noah McCreery (3-24) and Rhys Smith (2-12) returning great bowling figures for Uppers. Nathan Cameron smashed 61 off 98 balls in Uppers’ pursuit of the run total, while Myles Carne added 23 in their first win of the competition. With Uppers finishing fourth in their pool, it set up a third and fourth playoff match with Great Southern. A stunning 107-run innings from Uppers’ McCreery helped guide them to 7-22 in the 50-over match, with Jaemeson Davidson also chipping in with 40 runs. Great Southern were restricted to 7-89 in the second innings, with Aaron Schultz snaring 2-14 while Riley Ford (1-3) provided outstanding economical bowling with six maiden overs. Meanwhile the Uppers under-14 B-section squad finished with three wins from their four games, including a win over Northam in their last match. Northam posted 8-164 with Cody Heywood (77 runs) bobbing up with a superb knock to help Uppers cruise over the line to finish all out on 173. Uppers’ under-14 C-section side lost their third and fourth playoff match against Eastern Goldfields by 48 runs.