Lismore District Under 12 Junior Cricket Carnival

Lincoln Kellett, Taylor Gilbert & Jamison Dawes enjoy a Day Five win against Hawkesbury at Lismore
Lincoln Kellett, Taylor Gilbert & Jamison Dawes enjoy a Day Five win against Hawkesbury at Lismore

The Dorrigo Cricket Club has hit the mid season mark with a cricketing hat trick - three juniors completing a season of representative duties.

Jamison Dawes, Taylor Gilbert and Lincoln Kellett have returned home after a week in Lismore playing for the North Coast Cricket Council at the 2019 Lismore District Under 12 Junior Cricket Carnival. 

The Lismore Carnival, now in its 35th year, is the longest running U12 carnival in Australia and certainly qualifies as one of the biggest. 

First played in 1984 with only four teams, organisers this year welcomed 20 teams from across NSW and Southern Queensland. City and Country attendance at the Carnival is strong with teams from the length of the North Coast, the New England and Tablelands, the Central Coast, Hunter Valley, Hawkesbury, Illawarra, Newcastle, Manly, Hornsby, North Shore, Parramatta, Penrith and the Gold Coast.

In the history of the carnival it has only been abandoned once, in 2008, when floods ruined the grounds. Another carnival milestone was reached in 2014 when the first all-girls team, the Far North Coast Sixers, participated.

The Lismore honour roll includes Usman Kwahaja, Josh Hazelwood, Moises Henriques, Ben Cutting, David Warner and Phillip Hughes who are all past players of the Under 12 Carnival.

The year’s Carnival saw the North Coast team play four pool games of 25 overs against Manly Waringah, Hornsby, South Eastern and Armidale for 1 win and 3 losses. 

Two wins were recorded in the final games of 45 overs against Mid North Coast and 30 overs against Hawkesbury.

The Dorrigo boys experienced the highs and lows that come with cricket but enjoyed a week of play that will further spark their enthusiasm and drive. 

Individual results for the week saw Taylor bat a top score of 36, take 3 wickets including a caught and bowled and take a catch in the field. 

Lincoln top scored with 19 from the bat, took 3 wickets and recorded 2 assisted runouts from the field.  Jamison bowled best figures of 1 / 12, took a terrific square leg catch to help Taylor record a wicket and proved that bowlers are there to "help the tail wag" when it counts to record 3 runs as the not out batsmen in the semi final match against Mid North Coast.

Overall success for the 2019 Carnival went to the North Shore team scoring 3 / 302 from 43 overs in the grand final game against Parramatta and then taking their opposition out for 67 in 28 overs.

The North Coast made their selection for the Lismore Carnival during the District Representative Competition.  Each of the Dorrigo boys played their part in the Coffs Harbour District team culminating in an Under 12s division win against the Clarence District in the final at Toormina on December 9.

Jamison, Taylor and Lincoln will rejoin their Dorrigo team mates when the CHDJCA competition resumes on February 2 with Dorrigo to play a home game at Rowe Oval against the Coffs Colts.

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