Players from 16 competing regions assemble with coaches, managers and parents before the start of play yesterday in the Lismore under-12s carnival.
Players from 16 competing regions assemble with coaches, managers and parents before the start of play yesterday in the Lismore under-12s carnival. Steve Mackney

Under-12 cricket carnival underway

LISMORE’S annual under-12 cricket carnival got underway yesterday with a total of 16 teams competing and three from the Far North Coast.

Teams from Sydney, Brisbane, Toowoomba, Tamworth and the Hunter Valley are in town to compete in the tournament which has become a rich breeding ground for future champions.

The locals are represented by a Far North Coast squad split into gold and green XIs as well as the Lismore Futures XI.

The carnival is to be played across four days with the final and presentation to take place at Heaps Oval on January 8.

Day one was non-prosperous for the locals with all three teams defeated in their opening pool matches but the beauty of the round-robin format sees all three teams returning to action today.

Far North Coast Green won the toss and sent Hawkesbury in on a gloomy morning but the visitors got off to a flyer reaching 100 with only three wickets down.

Medium-pacer Nathan Thompson (3-5) and 10-year-old leg-spinner Freeman Goldsworthy (2-15) came into the attack late to finish Hawkesbury off for 135 and give their batsmen hope, but the visiting side was too strong with the ball and in the field, rolling FNC Green for 44.

Across town, FNC Gold faced a very sharp Illawarra bowling attack and batted well to make 100 with James Wood the top-scorer at18.

Illawarra got the runs, sneaking through with just four overs to spare but the highlight of the match came when Lewin Maladay took a screamer at mid-wicket, diving away to his left to remove a batsman off the bowling of Isaac Fisher.

Lismore Futures took on the might of the Hunter Valley in its first clash and came off second best after sending the visitors in to bat.

Mathew Marchant held a pair of good catches and Josh Vassallo produced a direct hit for a run-out but Hunter still managed a total of 116.

The local side started well with the bat but collapsed under the pressure of a diverse bowling attack. Jack Cooper was the pick of the batsmen, making 11.

In Pool D, Hornsby Kuringai made a massive 237 runs with three batsmen, Daniel Heidegger, Matthew Chamberlain and Ben Jones, forced to retire at 40.

All coaches and co-ordinators reported games played in fine spirit.

Round two gets underway at ovals around town from 9am this morning.

RESULTS, Day 1

Pool A: Newcastle 1-61 d South East Queensland 59; Hawkesbury 135 d FNC Green 44.

Pool B: Illawarra 5-101 d FNC Gold 100; Parramatta 118 d Mid North Coast 111.

Pool C: Manly Warringah 6-136 d Met South West 91; Hunter Valley 4-116 d Lismore Futures 48.

Pool D: Central Coast 2-79 d Toowoomba 70; Hornsby Kuringai 237 d Tamworth 84.



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