FNC is hoping to turn form around

FNC will be hoping for better luck after a disappointing start to this season's Stan Austin Cup.

The squad went down to a powerful North Coast side by seven wickets in its first match of the carnival yesterday. A combination of tricky damp early morning conditions at the Taree tournament and a potent bowling attack proved FNC's undoing as it was bowled out just 130.

North Coast, who had a handful of the players from the recent successful Bradman Cup under-16 tournament to call on, knocked off the runs in relatively comfortable fashion.

"It was damp early morning and overcast with a sprinkling of rain," team coach Ian Callan said. "It made for tricky conditions.

"I take nothing away from North Coast (though). They were a powerful side and deserved their win.

"I'm looking for the boys to enjoy this tournament. It's onwards and upwards from here."

All-rounder Josh Haugh impressed for FNC, making 23 with the bat and also taking 2-43 from his nine overs.

Mitchell Pearce (20) and Chris Watts 19 also showed some good form with the bat for the region's team.

FNC will take on Mid North Coast in its second match of the tournament today.

The annual 50-over competition features teams from across the state. .

FNC's under-14 squad is also preparing for next week's Graeme Malcolm Shield in Newcastle.



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