Rob Wright

NSW carnivals challenging region’s junior cricketers

IT HAS been a busy month for Far North Coast junior cricket players representing the region at carnivals across New South Wales.

There were seven FNC players compete for North Coast in the Under-14 Kookaburra Cup at Griffith.

Bangalow player Caelen Maladay took plenty of wickets while Byron Bay’s Oliver Cronin scored 34 runs in a 50-over game against Newcastle.

Reuben Moyle (Ballina), Kye Hughes, Charles Mitchell (Lismore), Tim Martin and Joe Carlton (Casino) were also in the team.

Meanwhile, the Under-16 Bradman Cup is underway at Newcastle.

North Coast lost its first game by 128 runs against Central North on Monday and played Central Coast yesterday.

Lismore all-rounder Kaleb Auld fared the best of the bowlers, taking 2-26 from his eight overs.

Clunes opener Lachlan Barnsley top-scored against Central North with 28 runs.

Cameron Palmer (Alstonville), Matt Bradshaw (Casino) and Jack Cooper (Clunes) are also playing.

Elsewhere, the Northern Razorbacks will take part in the Under-13 State Challenge starting in Dubbo on Sunday.

FNC players competing are Joe Carlton, Tim Martin, Charles Mitchell, Ben Moyle and Will Nash.

“I’m proud that once again Far North Coast players have dominated selection in these important representative teams,” said Michael Wood, the Cricket NSW regional coach.

“The Far North Coast Cricket Academy continues to be a great launching platform for these young cricketers.

“We are providing a competitive and challenging environment for the players to learn about the game and do well.”

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