Cricket hero would be proud
IT WAS only fitting that Macksville High School dominated the inaugural North Coast Twenty20 High Schools Competition by claiming victory in both the Year 7-8 and Year 9-10 Phillip Hughes Shields at Thistle Park yesterday.
On his way to becoming a Test cricketer Hughes learned his skills while growing up in Macksville.
In the senior final that was played on a beautiful looking turf wicket, Bishop Druitt College batted first against Macksville and finished with a below par total of 74 all out.
Luke Corlis top scored with 21 runs while M Smith took the outstanding figures of 4-15.
This match proved a lot closer than expected and Macksville hit the winning runs with only two wickets and not many deliveries remaining.
Murphy kept the Macksville innings together with 11 not out while Tenkel and Corlis picked up two wickets each.
In the junior final Macksville batted first against South Grafton and amassed a very competitive 148 runs from its 20 overs losing only two wickets.
B. Bartlett 50 retired and A.Baldwin 47 showed good form with the bat.
In reply South Grafton could only manage 55 runs for the loss of eight wickets from its 20 overs where Luke Brown top scored with 16 runs while Dennison, Ellis and Kinnsal took two wickets each.
Twenty20 is the newest action-packed format to take the cricket world by storm and this competition will be using the Weet-Bix Twenty20 Cup Playing Conditions (www.weetbixcup.com.au) which has shown a 100 per cent participation rate from children in 84 per cent of games played.
This tournament has proven a successful launch to the season ahead and local associations are keen to welcome all boys and girls to sign up for a cracking summer of cricket action with their friends.
Cricket NSW looks forward to running the event again next year as well as the launch of the Weet-Bix Twenty20 Cup this summer which will offer junior club teams the opportunity to play against clubs from other regions to decide on a North Coast club champion.