CLOSE CALL: North Coast’s Jakira Tonello in a potential runout during the PSSA game against Sydney East at Morimter Oval.
CLOSE CALL: North Coast’s Jakira Tonello in a potential runout during the PSSA game against Sydney East at Morimter Oval. Marc Stapelberg

Lismore girls fire up against Sydney foes

LISMORE players were among standouts on the opening day of the NSW Primary School Girls Cricket Championships in Lismore yesterday.

Claire Farrington, Jakira Tonello and Rachel Cooper represented the North Coast team against Sydney South West and defending champions Sydney East.

The girls attend Modanville and Wyrallah Road Public School with the team comprising 10 to12-year-olds from Tweed Heads to Port Macquarie. The team lost by one run against Sydney South West and 16 runs against Sydney East.

"Our Lismore representation has been a lot stronger this year, which is very pleasing to see," coach Jack Priestley said.

"Claire has been doing a great job with the bat and ball and Jakira has been behind the stumps performing phenomenally well and really coming along.

"Unfortunately Rachel Cooper picked up an injury in the first game, but we're looking to fight through that one and we've got great hopes for her."

Thirteen teams from across NSW played two 25-over games yesterday. Competition runs till l Thursday.

There will be a special training session for the players at Oakes Oval tomorrow with the Australian women's cricket teams' vice-captain, Alex Blackwell, and off-spinner Erin Osborne as well as NSW and Australian Under-23 player Kara Sutherland.

The two top-placed teams will play off in the final on Thursday afternoon.

"There wouldn't be too many spare motel rooms in town and we have great facilities to run a carnival like this," carnival manager Barry Cooper said. "Oakes Oval is as good a ground you'll find in rural Australia and each team will get to play on it this week."

Girls are playing for NSW selection and can make an invitational Australian team from there.

Other players who performed well in the two matches for North Coast were Caitlyn Woods and Kaitlyn Pardoe. Pardoe took 2-6 from her five overs against Sydney East.

Sydney North, Sydney South West, MacKillop, CIS and Riverina won both there games yesterday.

North Coast have the bye first up today before their match against South Coast at Heaps Oval at 1pm.



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