MACKSVILLE High School student Phillip Hughes went on yet another willow-wielding rampage last week, smashing two centuries and a 64 for North Coast in the NSWCHS cricket carnival on the NSW-Victoria border.
Hughes, who collects State shirts like some of us might collect stamps, was a walk-up selection in the NSWCHS first XI side, while Jetty High School leg-spinner Mickey Lawrence earned selection in the second XI side.
Hughes blasted twin tons in the opening two days to lead North Coast to a strong position at the halfway point of the carnival.
However, North Coast missed a spot in the final, falling to the lowly South Coast in their final round match despite a Hughes half century.
North Coast then finished the tournament on a disappointing note losing the play-off for third, crashing to a paltry 122 all-out chasing Sydney West's 166 after Hughes claimed 2-10 from six overs and Lawrence 1-27 from ten.
Lawrence was a consistent performer throughout the carnival with his supreme control and tight line and length a feature of his game.
The pair could well go from team mates to opponents over the next month, with Hughes' Sawtell side and Lawrence's Coffs Hotel Tigers both qualifying for the Coffs Harbour and District Cricket Association first grade finals.
Both lads are certain play big roles for their respective sides during the play-offs.