NEWCASTLE batsmen Joseph Gillard, Milan Lambert and Ryan Woolnough all performed well at the top of the order on the second day of the Lismore Under-12 cricket carnival.
All three scored over 20 runs while Harry Dwyer contributed with 19 in the middle order when they had a 21-run win against Mid North Coast at Davidson Oval.
Meanwhile, Far North Coast Green is using the carnival to introduce most of its players to representative cricket.
Bodie Graham scored 30 runs in the middle-order for FNC before they were beaten in a 25-overs- a-side game by Penrith.
They have also had narrow losses to the North Coast Invitational side and Newcastle President's XI.
"The boys are coming up against tough opposition and it's a level most of them haven't experienced before,” FNC Green coach Trevor Graham said.
"Hopefully they can keep playing well and take some of the things they learn back to club cricket.
"We bowled way too many wides on the first day and we've already made a significant improvement there.
"It's a development year for these guys and some of them can play again next year too.”
In other games yesterday, Parramatta have made a strong start to the carnival and picked up another win against Hawkesbury at Mortimer Oval.
Isaac Earl was the pick of the Parramatta bowlers, taking 3-11 from his four overs.
Elsewhere, Illawarra opening bat Bailey Abela set his side up for a win when he scored 25 against the North Coast Invitational side at Blair Oval.
The final will be played at Oakes Oval tomorrow.
BRISBANE North will take on North Shore in the final of the LJ Hooker Under-13 carnival at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina, today.
North Shore bowler Rohan Watson took 5-13 off 6.1 overs as his side beat Hunter Valley yesterday.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Tom Chapman went on to score 30 runs while Flynn Farquharson contributed 26 as they chased down the target of 80 with 19 overs to spare.
Brisbane North continued its undefeated run with a win over Tamworth at Kingsford Smith Park.