FNC win after a rain delay
FAR North Coast batsmen Zayd Thomas, Bailey Angler and Sam Johnston helped their side to a win on the third day of the Ballina Under-13 cricket carnival.
FNC won by 20 runs against Metropolitan South-West Brisbane at Saunders Oval, Ballina.
The 50-overs-a-side match was reduced to 31 overs each after rain early in the afternoon.
FNC batted first and set a total of 106 with Zayd (19), Bailey (18) and Sam (16) the top run-scorers.
"I thought 106 might have just been enough," coach Scott Johnston said.
"The boys stepped up and fielded really well.
"Fielding was what really let us down earlier in the week so to see that improvement was pleasing."
Pace bowler Reece Gregor was a standout with the ball, taking another three wickets as the Brisbane side was bowled out for 86.
Gregor took six wickets against the Central Coast on Tuesday.
The win put FNC second in its pool and the top eight of the 16-team competition.
"We weren't sure how we would go," Johnston said.
"We hoped to win two out of three so the boys have done really well."
Ballina were beaten in a rain-affected game against Brisbane North at Kingsford Smith Park.
Brisbane North finished on 6-157 from 31 overs while Ballina could manage only 7-73 in reply.
In the semi-finals today, Canterbury Wests plays Brisbane North at Fripp Oval, Ballina, while Central Coast takes on Manly at Hill Park Oval, Wollongbar.