KHIARNI and Coby Cornish are two talented young cricketers using this week’s Tamworth Under 14 Carnival as a preparation for two major representative carnivals.
This weekend Coby, 14, heads to Newcastle with his Central North Zone side for the Kookaburra Cup Country Under 14 Cricket Championship.
The week after Khiarni, 15, travels to Ballarat to play in the Australian Under 18 Girls’ Cricket Championships.
Both love cricket and have been playing since they were at primary school in Narrabri.
This year Khiarni enters Year 11 at Narrabri High and Coby Year 9 where the cricket enthusiasm has intensified.
“I played for ACT in the Nationals last year and we finished third,” Khiarni told The Leader.
“I’ve played for Central North a few times and North West.
Out at Narrabri she plays second grade for her club side, Narrabri Golf Club.
As an allrounder she bats and bowls with the same eagerness.
Yesterday she helped her Northwestern Wolves score a first round win over Clarence.
Her younger brother, Coby, topscored with 78 in the 48-run win, slamming 10 fours on the way at Riverside 2.
A batsman and wicketkeeper, he’s hoping to score heavily for CNZ in the Kookaburra Cup.
“I played in it last year,” he said yesterday.
“Should be good fun down in Newcastle.
“This week will be good preparation for us.”
He is joined in the Northwestern Wolves by Jay Tasker, Nick Willoughby and Paddy Montgomery who are also part of the Kookaburra squad.
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