NORTH Shore and Parramatta have both qualified for today’s grand final of the Western NSW under 13 cricket carnival undefeated after completing their third consecutive victories yesterday.
North Shore defeated Mitchell by 12 runs in a tight affair yesterday at Glenroi Oval.
Kieran Dean top scored for North Shore, plundering 53 of his team’s total of 135.
Despite a fighting 63 from opening batsman Max Powell the locals fell short, bowled out for 123.
At Riawena Oval, Parramatta demolished Camden by 69 runs.
Batting first, Parra piled on 5-215 from their 50 overs, with Hayden Goulstone raising the bat with 54.
The Parramatta bowlers then shared the wickets around and, despite Ji Mills knocking up 40, Camden was bowled out for a valiant 146.
Two all-round individual efforts were the highlight as Dubbo (8-153) took on Wagga Wagga (8-155) at Jack Brabham 2.
James Nelson’s 34 and 3-20 wasn’t enough to lead Dubbo to a victory, as Jack Carey (44 not out and 2-13) bested him, leading Wagga to a two-wicket win.
Penrith’s Jarrod Burns snared 4-25 in an explosive spell, helping his team bowl Illawarra out for 82 after posting 153.
In yesterday’s other games, ACT 13s (8-168) defeated Lachlan (9-143), while B Gray starred for ACT 12s with a hard-hitting 62 in their 29-run win over South Coast. Shoalhaven (141) also defeated Northern Districts (122).
Mitchell plays Penrith in the third and fourth play-off at Riawena today, while ACT 13s play Illawarra at Jack Brabham 1 for fifth and sixth, Wagga faces off against ACT 12s at Jack Brabham 2 for seventh and eighth, Camden plays Lachlan at Glenroi for ninth and 10th and Dubbo plays Northern Districts at Jack Brabham 3 for 11th and 12th.