NORTH West suffered a six-wicket loss to start its State PSSA Boys Cricket Carnival campaign at Bathurst yesterday but showed some promising signs.
After winning the toss and electing to bat first, the Peter Mead-managed side struggled against some good bowling from Hunter and could only manage 86.
“The boys had to face some quality bowling from Hunter,” Mead said. “They bowled good line and length and had good pace.”
The spinners, too, were pretty handy and backed the pace bowlers up well.
Rowena’s Liam Rodgers and Quirindi’s Lachlan Bradfield were the best performers with the bat for North West, making 12.
They also shared a handy little partnership.
“They tried to steady the ship after losing three early wickets,” Mead said.
There wasn’t a lot after them though, with Armidale City’s Henry Sindel’s 10 the only other significant score.
It was always going to be a tough score to defend but Gunnedah South’s Hayden Baker did his best, claiming 1-3 from his four.
“He bowled beautifully,” Mead said.
“He bowled at the stumps and made the batsmen play.”
He said Tao Grieves (Ben Venue) backed him up well, returning 0-9 from his four.
Conrad George (Moonbi) also looked promising with his leg spin.
But they couldn’t prevent Hunter getting the runs, which they did four wickets down.
There were a couple of highlights in the field too.
Adam McGuirk (Gunnedah South) affected a brilliant run out, Mead said.
He dived and stopped the ball one-handed.
Brendon Knowles (Guyra) also “took a screamer”.
“I was still very impressed with the way the boys conducted themselves,” Mead said.
They tried hard right to the end.
Inverell’s Sarah Lennon has been selected in the NSW U15 girls’ team to play in the National Championships in Sydney later this month.
It will be Lennon’s second time at the nationals after representing ACT last year.