Tough opposition for FNC cricket teams

FAR North Coast teams found it tough going at under-12 and under-13 cricket carnivals held in Ballina and Lismore yesterday.

Hornsby top-order batsman Patrick Xie scored 53 not out when his side had a comfortable nine-wicket win over Lismore in the LJ Hooker Under-13 carnival at Saunders Oval, Ballina.

Meanwhile, the Ballina bowlers pushed Brisbane North after the home set a target of 108 at Kingsford Smith Park.

However, Brisbane were up to the task finishing 8-108 with four overs to spare.

In other games, Nicholas Toohey retired on 53 when Central Coast beat Metropolitan South West at the same venue.

Central Coast finished 9-181 with Toohey going on to take 4-10 when they skittled the opposition for 44.

Luke Mienert was the pick of the Metropolitan South West bowlers taking 3-11 from his eight overs.

Tamworth beat Newcastle at Kingsford Smith Park and Manly beat Mid North Coast at Fripp Oval.

Elsewhere, Far North Coast Gold came up against a formidable Newcastle outfit on the first day of the Under-12 carnival in Lismore.

Opening batsman Bailey Creer retired on 33 as Newcastle chased down a target of 62 for the loss of just three wickets.

Newcastle went on for another dominant 10-wicket win in an afternoon game against Tamworth at Nielson Park.

Illawarra and North Shore also recorded comfortable wins in first round games at Lismore.

The Ballina carnival is reaching the business end with finals set down for tomorrow.

There is still plenty of more games at the Lismore carnival with the final set down for Oakes Oval on Saturday.

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