Jacob stars as in Bradman Cup win
A DETERMINED effort from all-rounder Jacob Wood helped lead North Coast to a win in the final yesterdayof the Under-16 Bradman Cup cricket carnival at Singleton.
Wood took 3-35 and scored 32 not out against Southern as his side took 48 overs to chase down a target of 185 with only one wicket to spare.
Murwillumbah batsman Max Bryant was the top run-scorer with 58.
"It was an absolute cliff-hanger," Far North Coast regional coach Michael Wood said.
"All the boys gave a really good account of themselves and it was a fantastic win."
Four other FNC players - Isaac Fisher, Lewin Maladay, Stuart Frost and Jeremy Perkins - were also in the team.
Meanwhile, Lismore off-spinner Will Parsons was named player of the carnival after his side won the Walter Taylor Shield Under-15 final at Armidale.
Parsons' four-wicket haul also saw him named player of the final in the 16-run win over Hastings yesterday.
It is only the second time Lismore has won the carnival, having first had success back in 1995.
"It's been a while between drinks and it was a really big effort," coach Trevor Graham said.
"The kids in this team have plenty of ability and they deserve the success.
"We kept the nucleus of the team we had last year and a few new players came in too."
It was a nervous start for Lismore, which was bowled out for 103 in just 28 overs.
Matt Farrington top-scored on 29 with Jacob Graham (16) and Dane Pratt (15) the only other Lismore batsmen to reach double figures.
Pratt and opening bowler Joe Lee set the stage for Parsons to rip through the Hastings batting order.
They were bowled out for 87.
"Joe Lee took a wicket on the first ball of the innings," Graham said.
"Dane took a wicket on the second ball of the second over to have them 2-0.
"They never really recovered from there and Will ended up taking 4-16.
"He took some crucial wickets during the week and was outstanding."