Junior cricketers top of the State

THE North Coast Under-16 representative cricket team can lay claim to being the best of its age in the State following a win over Banks-town at the SCG yesterday.

Having already taken out the Bradman Cup as NSW Country champions, North Coast took on Sydney’s Green Shield winners in the State Challenge.

The match was played as a Twenty20 fixture so it could be slotted into a day of Country cricket at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

In a thrilling match, North Coast (7-168) defeated Bankstown (9-166) after the Sydney team had needed 12 runs to win from the final over.

Tweed wicket keeper-batsman Sam Reading was named player of the match for his innings of 26 and two stumpings.

Clunes all-rounder Dain Moreton top-scored for North Coast with 50 and Marist Brothers’ Nick De Giusti made 27 including three sixes.

North Coast had previously won the State Challenge in 2005-06 when it defeated Camden-Campbell town.

In more good news for North Coast cricket, five of the team were selected in the NSW Country Under-17 training squad.

They are Brad Chard (Coffs Harbour), Rhys Whitton (Taree), Ryan McMahon (Taree), Sam Reading (Tweed) and Nick De Giusti (Lismore).

Coach Paul Everingham, of Lennox Head, said nearly 200 supporters comprising mainly parents and families of North Coast players had made the trip to Sydney to watch the team.



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