FNC junior cricketers ‘beat the best’ at U14 state carnival
FAR North Coast players Oliver Cronin and Caelan Maladay returned home winners after the under-14 State Challenge cricket carnival in Dubbo.
The Razorbacks had a thrilling 11-run win against the undefeated East City Stallions in the final.
Maladay starred, taking 5-29 from 9.4 overs with his final spell sealing the win for his side.
Cronin, an all-rounder, also contributed to the side with 45 runs and two wickets during the week.
Elsewhere, Joe Carlton, Tim Martin, Charles Mitchell, Ben Moyle and Will Nash were part of the Northern Razorbacks under-13 team which finished fourth.
“I couldn’t have been prouder of the under-14 team and all the Far North Coast players who travelled to Dubbo,” FNC regional and under-14 Razorbacks coach Michael Wood said.
“The way our players prepared and delivered in extremely hot conditions is testament to their training and skills.
“Being under-14 state champions is something the players should be very proud of and to beat the best city players in NSW is definitely a major achievement.”
Meanwhile, the North Coast under-19 team will be picked after series of games between FNC and Mid North Coast.
The first game will be at Coffs Harbour next month with the final game at Casino on February 14.
“If you take your cricket seriously and your chosen pathway is through Cricket NSW – then you need to be at these games and do well,” Wood said.
“A number of these local boys have done well in LJ Hooker League and Grade for the Gold Coast Dolphins.
“Playing tough senior cricket is the ideal preparation for these young talented cricketers.
“The FNC players named in this side will be aspiring for Zone selection in the under-19 Cricket NSW Country Championships and then the State Challenge games later in 2016.
“Good performances in those games will hopefully be their pathway to NSW under-19 squad selection.”
In a busy month, Wood is also running a Level 1 coaching course at Oakes Oval, Lismore, on February 21 at 9.30am.