Calculator needed for semis
RAIN yesterday morning may have cost Far North Coast Gold a spot in the semi-finals of the Lismore Workers Club Under-12 cricket carnival.
The match between FNC Gold and North Shore was washed out and, with both teams having won their other two pool games, carnival organisers last night had to reach for the calculator to work out which team in the pool had the superior quotient.
North Shore came out on top in that process and will play Manly at Heaps Oval today in one of the semi-finals.
Central Coast and Parramatta will clash at Oakes Oval in the other semi.
Even though they just missed out on the semis, it has been a good week for the local FNC Gold boys.
They defeated Hunter Valley on Tuesday then yesterday had a win over Hawkesbury in the afternoon following their rain-affected draw with North Shore in the morning.
Coach Jason Hughes said it was "probably the best team I've seen as being really good all-rounders".
"I've never seen such a balanced side," he said.
"They've become good mates really quickly and I'm very proud of them."
Medium-pacer Jessie Barnwell took two wickets against Hunter Valley and two against North Shore before the washout, while leg-spinner Darby Freer claimed 2-10 against Hawkesbury.
Batsmen among the runs have included Charles Mitchell (32) and Tim Martin (27) against Hunter Valley, and Joe Carlton (18) and Tom Gooley (18) against Hawkesbury.
Hornsby-Kuringai's Thomas Shaw had a day to remember in the match against FNC Futures at Heaps Oval yesterday.
Thomas, a right-arm medium-pacer, took six wickets from 2.3 overs, conceding just one run, to help bowl out the young local team for only 17.
Hornsby-Kuringai needed only five overs to chase down the tiny target.