Students? winning start

THE North Coast Combined High Schools cricket team opened its campaign at the 2005 NSWCHS Cricket Carnival with a close 14-run win over Riverina at the Yarroweyah Recreation Reserve yesterday.

The four-day carnival, contested by 10 regional teams (four city and six country) from all over NSW, is being held in the Cobram-Barooga district in the southern part of NSW on the Murray River.

North Coast batted first and made 3-192 off 50 overs. Opener Phillip Hughes, from Macksville, a prolific run-getter, made a brilliant century and remained 120 not out.

He was ably supported by Toby Hordern, from Ballina, who compiled a neat 36.

Riverina had North Coast under extreme pressure on several occasions when they batted.

Tight bowling by Michael Lawrence (Coffs Harbour) 1-12 off 10 overs, James Julius (Kingscliff) 2-41 off nine overs and Hughes 1-15 off six overs, was enough to get the northern team over the line in a tense finish.

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