All-rounder shines bright
MARIST Brothers allrounder Nick De Giusti was a shining light in disappointing performances by the North Coast under-21 side that competed in the NSW Country Carnival in Wollongong at the weekend.
The heavy hitting 16-year-old scored 52 against Riverina on Saturday as North Coast lost by one wicket in the 50-over match.
He backed it up with 32 runs against Central North in the 91-run loss.
De Giusti was the only batsman from the North Coast team to make it past 20 in either match.
"There was no secret, I just backed myself," De Giusti said.
"I haven't played much cricket this season, so I'm pretty happy with how I went."
De Giusti tore ligaments in his ankle during a volleyball game at high school last year.
Another Marist Brothers player that performed well yesterday was pace bowler Jeremy Cowin.
He took 3-37 from 10 overs and was the only North Coast player to claim three wickets.
"It was a tough weekend and the wash-out against Southern on Friday didn't help," Cowin said.
"You don't want to lose against anyone, but the loss to Riverina really hurt.
"We did well at the carnival last year and had hoped to build on that.
"Nick (De Giusti) was definitely our best, he played well all weekend."
However, De Giusti isn't counting on being selected in the NSW Country squad to picked from the weekend's carnival.
"I haven't thought too much about it and I'm not expecting to be picked," he said.
"I've still got some under-19 inter-district cricket to go and that should be it for the representative season."
Marist Brothers wicket-keeper Sam Reading also played on the weekend, taking a handful of catches and making one stumping.
Reading produced a strong showing for NSW at the recent Under-19 National Championships in Adelaide.
He scored two fifties (57 v South Australia and 54 against Victoria) and compiled a total of 132 runs.
Also in Adelaide, Reading took three catches and made one run out.