McCosker pep talk did trick for the Emus

By STEVE SPINKS

A PEP talk by former Australian cricket batsman Rick McKosker has lifted the Northern NSW Emu Colts to their first one-day victory over the Canterbury Colts in many years.

McKosker, an Inverell local who started his representative career with the Emus, was the special guest speaker at a dinner in Lismore on Saturday night for both teams.

He urged the young cricketers to take their opportunities.

And that's exactly what the Emus did.

With Lismore's Oakes Oval still a great wicket after two weeks of constant cricket after the Australian Country Championships, the Emus bowlers managed to restrict the Kiwis to 162.

Central Coast leg-spinner David Stevenson was the pick of the bowlers with 3-21.

In the run chase, the Emus always looked in control especially with captain Brendan Rixon (50 not out) in control. Casino's Sam Irvine chipped in with 26.

A mini-Test match started on Monday at Hill Park Oval, Wollongbar, with the Emus in control after bowling Canterbury for 68.

The last day of the Test starts this morning after there was no play yesterday due to rain.



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