LISMORE cricketer Grace Parsons top-scored for her side during the first day of the LJ Hooker Under-13 carnival at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina.
Grace is one of a handful of girls competing in the carnival and scored 24 runs from opening bat in a 50-over game against a formidable Newcastle outfit.
She also bowled well after her side were dismissed for 117 as Newcastle won with nine wickets to spare.
"It was pretty good out there and my batting partner Zach (Sullivan) really helped," Grace said.
"I love cricket and hopefully I can keep scoring runs and we play well. "I've been playing since I was eight and I've seen two other girls here at the carnival."
Lewis Hughes took the only wicket for Lismore with Newcastle opening batsman Daniel Williams finishing 43 not out while Flynn Guest scored 49.
"They showed good heart right to the end and they'll realise that it is a bit of a step up from club cricket," coach Warren Gallagher said. "Grace opened the batting really well and is a vital part of our bowling attack too.
"I'm really happy with the balance of the team and I'm sure they'll all grow as cricketers during the week.
"Newcastle have won a few competitions recently and they have a pretty big talent pool to pick from.
"We couldn't be happier how they've come together as a team already."
In other games, Ballina had an emphatic eight-wicket win against Armidale at Fripp Oval.
Ryan Kernagham finished with figures of 4-5 from his five overs when they bowled Armidale out for 31 after 18.1 overs.
Ethan Barnwell also took 3-9 before Ballina chased down the total in just 12-overs.
Elsewhere, a middle-order partnership between Oliver Latter (26) and Jed Collins (26) helped lead Hunter Valley to a 73-run win over Mid North Coast.
Brisbane had a comfortable win against Hawkesbury and Tamworth beat Hornsby.
In games today, Ballina takes on Hawkesbury at Saunders Oval and Lismore plays Tamworth at Kingsford Smith Park.