Parsons spins his magic for Lismore in victory

A SIX-wicket haul to Lismore off spinner Will Parsons helped lead his under-15 side to a win on the first day of the Walter Taylor Shield in Armidale.

Parsons finished with figures of 6-17 off 10 overs after Lismore set a target of 129 against West Pennant Hills Cherrybrook.

Pennant Hills were cruising at 2-40 before a flurry of wickets to Parsons saw them bowled all out for 81.

"The pitch seemed to suit him and the boys put a lot of pressure on the opposition," coach Trevor Graham said.

"We have the ability to go really well in this competition."

It wasn't all smooth sailing for the Lismore boys, who were sitting on 6-40 after losing the toss and being sent in to bat.

Middle-order batsman Tom Carlton finished 47 not out after he and Isaac Lee (13) steadied the innings.

Elliot Nance also contributed with the bat, scoring 27 runs.

"We were really struggling at one stage, but we recovered for a reasonable score," Graham said.

"We definitely didn't bat as well as we could have.

"But the boys fielded really well.

"It's always good to get a win first-up in competitions like these."

Lismore plays the Hunter Valley in the second game today.

Meanwhile, Ballina will be hoping for better luck after losing out in the opening match of this year's Walter Taylor Shield.

Angus Callan top scored with 19 as his side struggled to just 60 all out in yesterday's opening match of the tournament against Penrith.

The Sydney side knocked off the runs for the loss of two wickets.

Ballina takes on Tamworth today in its second match at the Armidale tournament.

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