Ballina bats tough it out
BALLINA and Lismore were both beaten on the second day of the LJ Hooker Under-13 cricket carnival.
Opening batsman Ethan Barnwell top-scored for Ballina with 17 runs when they took on Hawkesbury at Saunders Oval.
The team found the batting conditions tough with a slow outfield restricting them to 113 after Jonah Wentzel scored 15 in the middle order
Hawkesbury went on to win the game with Ballina having already beaten Armidale ahead of its clash against Brisbane North at Kingsford Smith Park, today.
"We're a pretty well balanced side from top to bottom and everyone had to work hard today,” Ballina coach Jason Trisley said.
"It was a real buzz for the kids to start so well against Armidale on the first day.
"Not only are these guys talented crickters but they're a great bunch of kids too.
"They dug in today to bat out most of the overs to give us a chance in the field.”
Elsewhere, all-rounder Grace Parsons top scored for the second straight day for Lismore with 19 runs against Tamworth at Kingsford Smith Park.
Ryan Gallagher fared the best of the bowlers taking 3-25 from his seven overs as Tamworth finished 5-200 after 50 overs.
Lismore struggled with the bat bowled all out for 67 after 26 overs.
In other games, Hunter Valley beat Manly in a thriller at Williams Reserve, Lennox Head.
Opening batsman Baylee Borrow retired on 50 while Lachlan Page scored 29 in the top order when Hunter Valley finished 9-133.
Middle-order batsman Ethan Langridge did his best to steer Manly home with 31 runs before they were bowled out for 130.
Elsewhere, North Shore opener Charlie Sharp was unbeaten on 39 with his side needing just 14.1 overs to chase down the Metropolitan South West total of 68 at Kingsford Smith Park.
Newcastle recorded back-to-back wins when they beat Hornsby at Megan Crescent Oval, Lennox Head.
In other cricket, the four-day Lismore Workers Club Under-12 carnival starts today.
Far North Coast Gold will its games on turf wickets when they take on Newcastle at Nielson Park and Mid North Coast at Oakes Oval.
FNC Green has games against the North Coast Invitational side at Sam Trimble Oval and Penrith at Nesbitt Park.
"There is a lot of talent in our area and I think these kids can give it a good shake,” FNC Gold coach Grayson Kernaghan said.
"They will need a good start in the opening games and it will all come down to how they bowl and bat.”