RISING STAR: Jack Cooper has been tipped for big things since his days a few years ago representing Far North Coast Gold in the Lismore Under-12 carnival (above). Jack, now 14, scored 85 for Marist Brothers against Pottsville in the Hooker League on Saturday.
RISING STAR: Jack Cooper has been tipped for big things since his days a few years ago representing Far North Coast Gold in the Lismore Under-12 carnival (above). Jack, now 14, scored 85 for Marist Brothers against Pottsville in the Hooker League on Saturday. Jerad Williams

Young Cooper gets Marist Brothers out of trouble

LISMORE teenager Jack Cooper looks set for a bright future after the 14-year-old top-scored for Marist Brothers with 85 runs against Pottsville in Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket.

Brothers were 4-29 when Cooper came to the crease and he helped steer them to 8-213 at stumps on the first day of the two-day match at Seabreeze Oval, Pottsville.

Jack played five games in the lower grades this season and has scored 172 runs since coming into the top grade in November.

He is a younger brother of Redbacks batsman Tom Cooper, who played all his junior cricket in Lismore before moving to Sydney and then to South Australia.

"It's his first year in senior cricket and we wanted to start him off in the lower grades to see how he went," Brothers captain Brad Cleaver said.

"He has already shown a lot of ability and he batted really well to get us out of trouble.

"We can't afford to slip up here with the way the ladder is."

Cleaver lost the toss but was the only other batsman in the top- order to contribute with 45.

Brothers are fourth on the ladder and cannot afford a loss with Pottsville behind in fifth spot.

"We're pretty happy with the score; there are still 23 overs to go," Cleaver said.

"Hopefully we can score another 30 to 40 runs and then our bowlers can have a good crack."

Play in all other games was washed out and they will now be one-dayers next weekend.

Sydney debut

FORMER Lennox Head wicket- keeper-batsman Lewin Maladay has made his first-grade debut in Sydney grade cricket.

Maladay played for University of New South Wales against Sydney University in a two-day match starting on Saturday.

He took two catches behind the stumps with Sydney University dismissed for 165 in 67 overs.

He is set to bat in the middle- order with his side getting to stumps at 3-72 in reply.



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