Final win looked Shore bet
BRISBANE North and North Shore were declared joint winners of the LJ Hooker Under-13 cricket carnival yesterday.
North Shore set a target of 208 in the final at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina.
They looked in control when they had Brisbane North reeling at 3-12 after five overs before players were brought from the field.
The Westpac Rescue Helicopter and emergency services needed the field to airlift a patient after being moved to the field in an ambulance.
The game was held up for more than an hour before the coaches and carnival convenors decided to call it a draw.
"There is more to life than a cricket match and we saw that here today,” North Shore coach Nicholas Shortis said.
"This group of boys are pretty mature and they obviously understood what was going on.
"Not losing a game is a great achievement and playing well here will only put them in better stead going forward.”
Flynn Farquharson and Charlie Sharp top-scored in the final with 49 runs each.
Hugh Carney scored 46 while fast bowler Rohan Watson finished the week with 28 wickets.
"It is a real test of character to play five days of 50-over cricket,” Shortis said.
"Rohan has bowled exceptionally well this week but everyone has played their part too.”
In other games yesterday, Ballina finished the carnival with a win over Metropolit- an South West at Saunders Oval while Lismore lost to Mid North Coast at Gap Road, Alstonville.
The Lismore Workers Under-12 cricket carnival will be completed today with the final at Oakes Oval.