Central Coast batsman Oliver Jennings during the under-12 carnival at Hepburn Park in Goonellabah.
Central Coast batsman Oliver Jennings during the under-12 carnival at Hepburn Park in Goonellabah. Marc Stapelberg

Junior cricketers take centre stage at Ballina and Lismore

FAR North Coast Gold had a tough start on the first day of the Lismore under-12 cricket carnival yesterday.

FNC Gold were dismissed for 34 after North Shore set a target of 84 at Sam Trimble Oval, Bexhill.

They finished the afternoon with a game against Mid North Coast where Harvey Moase scored 19 runs in the top-order and Riley Beckham took three wickets.

In other games, Penrith put on a big score at 2-119 after 22 overs against Newcastle Presidents X1 at Roder Oval.

Opening batsman Aiden Kells retired on 30 while top-order batsman Bailey Tebbutt scored 20 before Newcastle were dismissed for 92.

Kells also starred with the ball, taking 3-14 off his three overs.

Meanwhile, Twenty20 games were played on the second day of the LJ Hooker under-13 carnival in Ballina.

The Ballina side had a win first up against Armidale at Gap Road Oval in Alstonville.

Thomas Quinn top-scored for Ballina with 21 not out in the middle-order.

Ballina scored 6-78 with Darby Freer the best of the bowlers taking 2-11 as Armidale finished 6-65.

Quinn also scored 18 runs in the second game against Hawkesbury.

Elsewhere, FNC players Justin Moore and Andrew Lindsay spent time together at the crease in the first round of the Australian Country Cricket Championships in South Australia yesterday.

The pair are representing New South Wales Country for the second consecutive year and played Western Australian Country in a two-day game at the week-long competition.

Lindsay took 2-46 off 16 overs to help dismiss WA for 233 before scoring 28 in the middle-order.

Moore scored 38 runs as his side fell 13 short in the run chase.

NSW Country play South Australia in another two-day game at Mount Gambier today.

Junior games continue in Ballina and Lismore today with finals on Friday.



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