Speed proves the difference in cricket final
NORTH Shore proved too strong when they beat familiar opposition Sydney South-East by 20 runs in the final of the Lismore Under-12 cricket carnival at Oakes Oval on Saturday.
Coach Tony Bill paid tribute to his bowlers with North Shore going through the four days undefeated.
"I reckon we have some of the fastest (12-year-old) bowlers in the state in our side,” Bill said.
"They enjoy playing on turf wickets and they can really push that ball through when they dig the spikes in.
"The grounds are beautiful here and we don't have the luxury of facilities like this at North Shore.
"The boys love playing here and it's a pleasure to take them away as a coach.”
North Shore scored 138 runs with opening batsman Trystan Kennedy the standout with 41.
South-East were up for the fight with opening bat Jonah Trope giving his side a chance, retiring on 50.
They stayed in the fight throughout, finishing their 45 overs at 7-118.
"I thought if we got to 110 we could defend it with our bowling attack,” Bill said.
"South-East are a really great team and we only just got over them a few weeks ago in another final.
"They all get along and that's the great thing about these carnivals - it brings everyone together.”