Young cricket talent steps up

JUNIOR cricketers from across NSW will converge on Lismore next week to battle it out for the State title.

With 168 players in 14 teams set to play 50-over games over four days, NSW PSSA cricket carnival manager Barry Cooper said there would be ‘some great talent on show’.

And with current and former cricket stars like Phillip Hughes, Mark and Steve Waugh, Tom Cooper, Brendan Drew and David Warner having all played in the carnival as youngsters, the chances of finding potential cricketing champions are fairly high.

“The best under-12 kids in the State will be here,” Barry said. “It’s the breeding ground of future champions.”

The North Coast team, fielding players from Tweed Heads to Port Macquarie, will challenge other primary-school teams, including two from the Catholic system and another independent school.

From the teams at the carnival, a State team will be chosen to compete in a national competition.

Barry said the cricket carnival, featuring regional representative teams from all around the State, has been ‘going for a long time’.

“It has a proud history in New South Wales sport and over the years hundreds of boys have had the opportunity to play in the carnival,” he said.

“There will be winners and there will be losers, but ultimately it’s about coming together and meeting people and having fun.”

The carnival will run from November 23 to 26, with games played in Lismore and Alstonville.

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