Dierick's team tops
STAR Coffs Harbour cricketer Trent Dierick has another trophy to add to the mantelpiece, with his New South Wales under-18 team winning the Australian Indoor Cricket Championships in Brisbane.
The Blues swept away South Australia in the grand final by 31 runs after a week of tough matches.
The Blues finished on top of the table after the preliminary rounds and were well placed heading into the finals.
"We were expecting our traditional rivals, Queensland, to be our toughest opponents but it was South Australia that provided our stiffest opposition," Dierick said.
"The difference in the end was the Blues' ability to handle the pressure situations. Everyone kept a cool head in what was a great team effort."
The win was New South Wales' second consecutive under-18 title.
Dierick is one of seven players still eligible to play next year, when the Blues will aim for a third straight under-18 crown.
"The Australian championships will be held in Sydney next year and the boys are keen to make it a hat-trick of wins in front of our home crowd," Dierick said.