Michael Wood, (Manager), Stuart Frost, Isaac Fisher, Jacob Wood, Jeremy Perkins and Bob Myatt (Administrator North Coast Cricket), at front holding the cup, Max Bryant and Lewin Maladay. Photo Mireille Merlet-Shaw / The Northern Star
Michael Wood, (Manager), Stuart Frost, Isaac Fisher, Jacob Wood, Jeremy Perkins and Bob Myatt (Administrator North Coast Cricket), at front holding the cup, Max Bryant and Lewin Maladay. Photo Mireille Merlet-Shaw / The Northern Star Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Cup win seals SCG date

ALL-ROUNDER Max Bryant knew North Coast was in trouble when he arrived at the crease with his team reeling at 7-86 in the under-16 Bradman Cup final against Southern.

Bryant however ignored the precarious position to score 58 runs as North Coast overhauled the 185-run target with one wicket to spare.

He is one of six Far North Coast players in the team that has earned the right to play at the Sydney Cricket Ground next month.

The other FNC players are Jeremy Perkins, Lewin Maladay, Stuart Frost, Jacob Wood and Isaac Fisher.

"It's a great achievement, especially considering that we get to play at the SCG," Bryant said.

"I'd never even thought about playing there so it's going to be really good."

North Coast will take on the winner of the AW Green Shield at the SCG on February 9.

FNC Regional coach Michael Wood said it was a great opportunity.

"We're playing at the SCG where Australia have won so many fantastic Test matchers and one-dayers over the years," Wood said.

"They'll be in the dressing sheds and will get the full experience of what the elite cricketers do.

"It's mind blowing really and to get to warm these guys up on the SCG is a once-in-a-lifetime thing for me."

North Coast has now won the Bradman Cup three times in the event's 22-year history.

All six FNC players are members of the FNC Cricket Academy and some spent time in the Craig McDermott Cricket Academy in the off-season.

"This is really the culmination of a lot of hard work from the players and coaches alike," Wood said.

"These guys were as ready as they were even going to be for the competition."



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