After just sneaking into Thursday’s decider on quotient, Northern District claimed the 2016-17 Western NSW Under-13 Carnival title with an emphatic grand final victory over traditional rivals Parramatta at Wade Park.
Northern District snuck past South Coast and thumped Mitchell Cricket Council and ACT Gold on its way to the final, before piling on 9-154 and skittling Parramatta for just 102 in reply to seal a comfortable 52-run win.
“I’m very proud, they’re a great bunch of lads. We won a carnival up at Lismore last season and then didn’t have the best representative season this summer but the boys fired up, came down here and got the win,” Northern District coach Marc Reicher enthused.
“Parramatta are an old rival of ours, they’re quite close to us in Sydney. They’ve beaten us in a couple of grand finals in recent seasons so it’s nice to get one back on the neighbours.
“We played poorly on the first day but then we started to play really well later in the week.
“The facilities were amazing, the kids don’t get the opportunity to play on turf or on grounds like [Wade Park], that’s about as good as North Sydney Oval. It’s great for them, and we need to thank the organisers and [Orange City Council]. Hats off to them.”
Parramatta’s skipper, Raveen Ganesh, was all class after his side’s loss.
“Thank you to Northern District, we had a fair bit of hope there in that game but you got the better of us, you’ve made sure the rivalry will continue,” he said.
After his side won the toss and batted Spencer White led the way for Northern District, knocking up 40 of his side’s 154. Jonathon Hughes also chipped in with 31 , while Robi D’Angelo was Parramatta’s best with the ball, taking 2-33 from eight.
Parramatta’s chase started awfully, losing Tahdj Jennings (2) in the third over. Matthew Chatton (5) and Finn Watkins (21) followed not long after to leave the side at 3-37.
Ganesh (35) fought hard though and when he was dismissed the score was 5-100, and Parramatta had a sniff.
Anay Baruah (3-18) proceeded to take three quick scalps though as Parramatta lost its last five wickets for just four runs.
Aiden Kilby (2-5) and Nicholas Johnson (2-10) also took multiple scalps, the former snaring both of his in Parramatta’s late-order collapse.
In the other play-off games Penrith thumped Blacktown at KWS Main Oval, Dubbo claimed a win and the Orange Invitational side did too.
In an incredible individual performance James Currie snared 7-25 from eight overs to lead his Wagga Wagga side to victory over Lachlan.