Matt Parrish
Matt Parrish

Pacemen bounce their way into Emus

TWO Far North Coast players have forced their way into the Northern NSW Emus Under-21 cricket team to tour New Zealand early next year.

Lismore’s Matt Parrish and Jeremy Cowin will form part of the Emus’ pace attack after winning selection at the Emus tournament at Tamworth last weekend.

Parrish, a right-arm paceman who plays for Souths, represented with the Emus last year and after snaring 5-18 off 10 overs against Hunter last Saturday his place was assured.

“Matt bowled really well after his first over,” FNC coach Tony Cowin said.

“He went for 10 in the first over and then ended up with 5-18 off 10. He bowled nice lines. In fact, all our bowlers bowled nice lines and did the job by keeping things tight and the fielding was exceptional.”

Jeremy Cowin, who plays for Lismore Workers, was selected as a left-arm seamer.

Parrish’s exploits against Hunter helped FNC bowl out the perennial powerhouses for 133, with Andrew Meads chipping in with 3-19.

In reply, FNC passed the total with only four wickets down.

Jake Turcato top-scored with 43, while Mitchell Pickford hit 27.

The second game against Central North was washed out on Sunday after FNC had reduced the home team to 2-39 off 13 overs.

“That wash-out really affected how many players we got in,” Cowin said.

“Over the past three years we had only won one game but this year the boys were well prepared. I think if we had played on Sunday players like Mitchell Pickford, Miles McDowell, Jake Turcato and
Ben Cooper were all in the running for selection.”

Central North was the best represented with five players selected.

The side will be captained by Mid North Coast’s Alex Burns.

NORTHERN NSW EMUS: Alex Burns (c) (MNC), Brad Robertson (MNC), Joe Wilman (MNC), David Reeves (MNC), Aaron Flaherty (Central North), Andrew Harriett (Central North), Brendan Reynolds (Central North), Chris Halloran (Central North), Michael Rixon (Central North), Jeremy Cowin (FNC), Matt Parrish (FNC), Jackson Bell (Hunter), Taylor Scott (Hunter). Coach: Terry Brown (Central North).

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