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Alstonville High School claim win

The Alstonville High School girls cricket team: Back row, from left, Andrew Larrescy (coach), Emily Bate, Keippa Skehan, Hope Skehan, Hannah Sheehan, Camille Oeding, Krystal McIntyre, Maree Cornish (competition patron), Alison Larrescy (manager); front row, Melanie Bate (left), Grace Skehan, Mattese Iliffe, Georgia Redmayne (captain), Laura-Jean Damon, Danielle Creighton.
The Alstonville High School girls cricket team: Back row, from left, Andrew Larrescy (coach), Emily Bate, Keippa Skehan, Hope Skehan, Hannah Sheehan, Camille Oeding, Krystal McIntyre, Maree Cornish (competition patron), Alison Larrescy (manager); front row, Melanie Bate (left), Grace Skehan, Mattese Iliffe, Georgia Redmayne (captain), Laura-Jean Damon, Danielle Creighton.

ALSTONVILLE High School made it back-to-back wins in the NSW Combined High Schools girls cricket Twenty20 knockout, taking the Maree Cornish Shield at Bathurst for the second time.

Coach Andrew Larrescy said that despite losing some team members to water polo, the new faces proved valuable.

“In fact, one of the umpires commented that the side was a class above,” he said.

“The new faces, Emily and Melanie Bate, Laura-Jean Damon, Krystal McIntyre and Keippa Skehan, all contributed.

“Captained by Georgia Redmayne, the side was again dominant in the semi and the final. She led by example and encouraged the other girls, another very positive aspect of this side.”

Georgia (26 not out) and Danielle Creighton(16 not out) held the side together after the loss of an early wicket in the semi against East Hills Girls High, which could manage only 43 with Mattese Iliffe taking 4-5.

“The final saw us come up against Wellington who sent us in to bat,” Larrescy said.

“We finished with 3-93 from 20 overs, with Mattese scoring 14 including one of the biggest sixes I’ve seen at this level.

“Danielle (37 not out) and Hope Skehan (24 not out) took their time with controlled batting.

“Wellington got off to a solid start, scoring around 3-4 an over and looking dangerous. Mattese had a throw at the stumps and removed their main batter.

“Georgia took 3-4, Hope 2-8, Danielle 2-14 and Mattese 1-2, winning it in the 16th over.