Sometimes a wicketkeeper’s life is not a happy one when the red cherry slips his grip.
Sometimes a wicketkeeper’s life is not a happy one when the red cherry slips his grip.

Colts glory for Central Northern

CENTRAL Northern took out the NSW Under-19 Colts championship after matches played on the weekend in Coffs Harbour and Sawtell.

In the final, Central Northern passed the Newcastle total of 223 in the 48th over with three wickets in hand.

Paving the way was James Psarakis, who contributed 53 runs at a vital stage.

Host zone North Coastal defeated Southern in its first outing but went off the boil and lost the second match to eventual runner-up Newcastle.

It still made the semi-finals and ended the tournament in a blaze of glory by downing Western.

Best performance over the weekend came from batsman Tobyn Burvill, who compiled 59 runs in the loss to Newcastle.

All teams were down in strength, with representative players away in Bowraville for the Country versus City matches.

The overlap of dates meant North Coast skipper Alec Baldwin and top performers Jamie Bekis, Lewin Malady and Jacob Wood, were forced to withdraw from the Colts event to participate at the higher level.

Some mutterings were heard about the situation from a number of teams which suggests Cricket NSW might wish to look at a better and fairer system in future, particularly if it gives an experience benefit to youngsters who aren't likely to reach full Country status.

Coffs Harbour District Cricket Association's domestic competition went into recess to accommodate the event but will resume this Saturday.

In normal circumstances the long-awaited grand final replay between Plantation Diggers and Sawtell at Fitzroy Oval would be the feature game but on this occasion, attention will be focused on Brelsford Park.

The potential for cricket balls to land among skaters in the new facility is suddenly a hot issue and where the Urunga and Park Beach Bowling Club Colts batsmen place their shots will prompt more interest than usual.

Dorrigo has the bye.

McDONALD'S COLTS

Day one
North Coastal 6/95 d Southern 94
Newcastle 2/85 d Riverina 84
Central Northern 8/321 d Central Coast 138
Illawarra 9/198 d Western 163

Day two
Newcastle 6/208 d North Coastal 148
Central Northern 3/230 d Western 9/229
Southern 9/277 d Riverina 177
Illawarra 6/237 d Central Coast 233

Semi-finals

Illawarra 8/211 d Southern 177
North Coastal 8/154 d Western 150
Riverina 3/187 d Central Coast 9/183

Grand final
Central Northern 7/224 d Newcastle 223



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