Northern Rivers Rock miss out on cricket final

NORTHERN Rivers Rock fell 15 runs short of a finals appearance in the Plan B Regional Bash Twenty20 at the Sydney Cricket Ground next month.

The Northern Inland Bolters will contest the final of the Sydney Sixers conference after their win at Fripp Oval, Ballina yesterday.

BOLT FROM THE BLUE: Northern Inland Bolters batsman Michael Dawson hits out during the Regional Bash Twenty20 cricket match against Northern Rivers Rock at Fripp Oval, Ballina, yesterday.
BOLT FROM THE BLUE: Northern Inland Bolters batsman Michael Dawson hits out during the Regional Bash Twenty20 cricket match against Northern Rivers Rock at Fripp Oval, Ballina, yesterday. Marc Stapelberg

Adams hit two sixes in one over before he was dismissed for 33 runs off 17 balls.

Irvine played with a bit more composure for his 27 but his wicket was the beginning of the end.

"We had to break that partnership and we had a bit of luck with the Sam Irvine dismissal," Bolters captain Tom Groth said.

"They had to score a run a ball after that and it was always going to be hard for them with new bats-men coming to the crease.

"We got up at 1am to come here so it was a really good effort.

"A few of our guys have played at the SCG before but we still can't wait to get there now."

Northern Rivers were still a chance with NSW Country reps Andrew Lindsay and Justin Moore at the crease.

The need for quick runs saw Lindsay run out for two with the other wickets falling around Moore, who was last to go on 13.

Northern Inland could play two games at the SCG. If they win their final they will take on the winners of the Sydney Thunder conference.

Both games will be played on December 6.

SCOREBOARD

NORTHERN RIVERS ROCK v NORTHERN INLAND BOLTERS (at Fripp Oval, Ballina)

Northern Inland won the toss

NORTHERN INLAND innings:

M Dawson, c Adams b Anderson 13

S Norvill, c Rogers b Robb 31

M Rixon, b Robb 14

A Hazlewood, c Lindsay b Adams 11

A Jones, b Murphy 23

B Middlebrook, b Lindsay 7

B Reynolds, b Murphy 21

S Mepham, run out 1

T Osborne, not out 1

Sundries 21

TOTAL 8-143

Fall: 41 58 74 95 108 141 142 143

Bowling: T Murphy 4-0-31-2, C Ziebell 3-0-23-0, M Anderson 3-0-21-1, A Lindsay 4-0-21-1, S Robb 4-0-27-2, S Adams 2-0-15-1.

NORTHERN RIVERS innings

Jayden Hoare, b Rixon 25

A Crawford, c Meppem, b Middlebrook 20

C Ziebell, c Mepham b Middlebrook 3

S Adams, c Dawson b Reynolds 33

S Irvine, st Groth b Jones 27

J Moore, c Brendon B Reynolds 13

A Lindsay, run out 2

A Rogers, st Groth b Hazlewood 0

A Williams, b Hazlewood 1

T Murphy, run out 1

M Anderson, not out 0

Sundries 3

TOTAL 128

Fall: 43 49 63 103 112 123 125 127 128 128

Bowling: A Hazlewood 3-0-16-2, B Reynolds 3-0-17-1, R Meppem 3-0-26-0, B Middlebrook 4-0-2-19, M Rixon 2-0-21-1, A Jones 3-0-28-1.

Northern Inland won.



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