North Coast batsmen Mitchell Pearce just makes his ground.
North Coast batsmen Mitchell Pearce just makes his ground. Jay Cronan

Bowlers manage to strike back

NORTH Coast bowlers were quick to put the visiting western Barrier team on the back foot in the opening round of the NSW Primary School cricket championships at Wollongbar yesterday.

Chasing North Coast’s moderate innings of 141, the Broken Hill divisional area team was in trouble from the outset with their openers out for two and seven and they slumped even further to be 3-26 before Braydon Turner came to the crease to give some hope of a revival.

Turner batted confidently for 46 in his side’s total of 89, but was always going to run out of partners thanks to the bowling of Lismore paceman Nick Winkler-Maloney (2-7), Maclean quickie Josh Cormack (2-13) and Casino opener Alex McKee (2-15).

Although Turner was rated the most outstanding batsman on the day, Barrier was never in the hunt to haul in the run chase set up by Wauchope pair Mitchell Dickson (34) and Willis Thompson (17 not out).

North Coast team manager Barry Stenner was quick to rate the side a ‘big chance’ of bettering their seventh place from last year’s 14-team competition.

“The team showed good form today,” he said.

“They were very competitive in the defence of their total, fielding was exemplary.”

But while North Coast showed good form, Sydney North set itself up for back-to-back titles with an innings of 9-159 before bowling Sydney East out 29 runs short of the target at Oakes Oval.

In other games Mackillop 8-140 beat Sydney West 133 at Heaps Oval; Combined Independent Schools (CIS) 7-154 beat Riverina 88 at Blair Oval; Sydney South West 9-101 held on to beat Hunter 100 at Richards Oval; South Coast 9-159 overhauled Western 7-156 at Nielson Oval and Polding 3-99 outclassed North West 96 at Nesbitt Park.

In today’s second round games South Coast v CIS at Oakes Oval; North Coast v Sydney South West at Blair Oval; Polding v Western at Heaps Oval; Sydney North v Mackillop at Richards Oval; Sydney West v Riverina at Nielsen Oval; Sydney East v Barrier at Nesbitt Oval and Hunter v North West at Wollongbar.



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