Ballina makes opposition work for victory
BRETT Crawford gave his Ballina side an A for effort despite seeing them going down in a narrow loss on home soil.
Jacob Cox and Tranan Burvill both performed well again but could not stop their side slipping to a three-wicket loss to Hawkesbury in their second match of the Ballina Under-13 Cricket Carnival yesterday.
Cox and Burvill followed up their good performances on day one with 39 and 33 respectively to help their team make 141 from their 50 overs.
Although disappointed with his team's loss in the Saunders Oval clash, coach Crawford said he could not fault his players' efforts.
"We said we had to bat out our 50 overs and that's what we did," he said.
"They stuck at it as well and were still right in it at the end.
"A lot of kids at that age would maybe have dropped their intensity, so I was really happy with them from that perspective."
Max Freer also repeated his excellent showing from the previous day, taking two wickets.
Ciara Burvill and Bailey Crawford also did well with the ball.
The visitors proved too strong in response, though, knocking off their target with three overs to spare.
"They'll be strong, but maybe we can spring a surprise on them," he said.
"The kids are all enjoying it and full of smiles, which is the main thing."