South West the best
SYDNEY South West are the top team in under-12 PSSA cricket after narrowly defeating Mackillop in the final at Oakes Oval, Lismore, yesterday.
The Sydney team won the toss and batted first and according to head coach Jason Ellsmore, steadily controlled the run-flow.
Team captain Lachlan Inger and opening batsman Mitchell Gray were the star batting performers for Sydney South West, each compiling 30 runs and earning themselves selection in the State team.
They were eventually all out for 144, a total Mackillop looked like getting nowhere near early on with the loss of top-order wickets.
“But Nathan Marciante swung the game back towards Mackillop with 34 runs in very quick time,” Ellsmore said.
“It was a very entertaining innings.”
The pendulum had swung Mackillop’s way
“They needed 30 runs off 24 balls, then 20 off 18, and then it got down to them needing six off five to win the final,” Ellsmore said.
Mackillop got within five runs of victory when Sydney South West’s Ranauk Sura took the catch to end their innings and give his team a narrow win.
Sydney South West wicketkeeper Nathan Trethewy also helped take his team to victory with three catches, and bowler Joshua Sullivan returned with game-turning figures of 3-16.
“It was a very close game and all the other teams returned to the carnival to watch,” Ellsmore said.
Ellsmore also said the junior cricketer’s parents were impressed with the playing field.
“Sydney South West parents were stunned by the facilities of Oakes Oval,” he said.
And according to Ellsmore, the last time Sydney South West won the carnival was in 1993 when none other than Australian cricketer Michael Clarke was captain.
“I was the coach then too, and plenty of the players have kicked on to further things,” he said.
The top batting scorers of the carnival were Alex Johnston of Western with a 106 not out and Nicky Craze of South Coast with an 88 not out.
The NSW State team was also announced at the carnival, and will play in the Australian Primary School Boys Championships in Toowoomba in January.