MITCHELL has started its Western NSW Junior Cricket Carnival campaign in fine style, accounting for South Coast by five wickets at Kinross yesterday.
Set 121 for victory following a dogged knock of 43 from South Coast star Harry Cooper, the Mitchell men chased down the target with relative ease, Cooper Bingham doing the bulk of the scoring with 37 as the home side reached 5-123.
Boasting a record number of teams in its 19th year, yesterday’s play was the first in the under 13s version of the junior Western NSW carnivals and, along with the Mitchell-South Coast clash, the results were enthralling.
Illawarra edged out Camden by two wickets. Chasing 144, Jono Keys’ 34 steered Illawarra to victory late at Jack Brabham (1).
The ACT under 13s were made to work by Shoalhaven at Jack Brabham (3), with David Howard’s impressive 59 hitting his side to victory as they successfully chased their opposition’s mark of 6-139 with four wickets to spare.
The other Jack Brabham clash pitted Wagga Wagga against Penrith, with the mountain men doing it easy against their country cousins.
Wagga were bowled out for the competitive total of 172, Harry Reynolds the pick of the bats with 54.
But 79 from Penrith’s Kieran Shone helped his side to 2-173 and a comfortable first round victory.
North Shore look as though they’ll take some beating following an impressive display with bat and ball.
Simon Kharwadhar smashed an unbeaten 89 in North Shore’s total of 5-234 against the ACT under 12s, with Sam Frost impressively cleaning up with the ball to claim all of his side’s wickets in a 5-25 spell.
North Shore won emphatically, however, recording a 107-run victory at Riawena Oval.
A low-scoring Lachlan and Northern Districts clash ended with the latter securing a five-wicket win.
Set 85 for victory, Northern Districts chased down the total despite some clever bowling from Lachlan’s Ford, who nabbed 4-5.
In the final clash at Molong, Parramatta defeated Dubbo by six wickets despite a 50 not out from Dubbo’s Tom Nelson.
Today’s games begin from 9am.