Junior cricketers across the state are enjoying a break from regular club fixtures to attend representative age carnivals at Lismore, Ballina, Newcastle, Maitland and Taree.
The 12s and 13s carnivals were completed last week at Lismore and Ballina respectively, with five junior cricketers from the Dorrigo Cricket Club selected to the North Coast Cricket Council Academy teams - Lincoln Kellett and Taylor Gilbert playing for the 13s and Evan Ryan, Jamison Dawes and Marshall Kellett playing for the 12s.
The Dorrigo juniors joined boys and girls from Coffs Harbour, Grafton, Nambucca and Macksville to play for the North Coast in the week long Northern Rivers carnivals in hot conditions with closely contested games.
The Ballina 13s Carnival hosted 16 teams including Newcastle, North Shore, Metropolitan, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Lake Macquarie, Armidale, Tamworth and the Hunter Valley. The North Coast team played five games of 50 overs recording two wins for the week with some close games lost only in the final overs to finish third in their pool.
Carnival Co-ordinators Geoff Jacobs and Chen Tay acknowledged the success of the 30th Anniversary Carnival with 10,699 runs scored and 486 wickets taken leading in to the grand final match between Manly Waringah and the Far North Coast Thunder. For the Manly Waringah club it was a third win in as many years scoring 197 runs and keeping the Far North Coast to just 100 in reply.
The North Coast 12s were one of 22 teams playing in the 36th Lismore Carnival in a pool that included Manly Waringah, Penrith, Illawarra, Armidale and the Far North Coast. Two wins were recorded from the six games played with another two games lost by just a single run for a finish at fourth place in the pool.
The Lismore Grand Final was played at Oakes Oval between Parramatta and Manly Waringah. Both teams were undefeated for the week and for Parramatta it was a chance to redeem their 2019 grand final loss. Parramatta won the toss and chose to bat to then record 8-160 from 45 overs. Manly Waringah couldn't give their club the double reaching just 123 to be all out giving Parramatta the 12s carnival win.
Congratulations to the Dorrigo Juniors who each played a part in their representative teams to make runs, take wickets and catches, assist with run outs and chase down balls in the field. Jamison Dawes completed his time in 12s with a Player of the Game Medallion against Tamworth in the semi final rounds with 34 not out from the bat and bowling figures of 3-6.
The 14s, 15s and 16s carnivals continue from this week at Newcastle, Maitland and Taree. All carnivals, games and player performances can be accessed through My Cricket.