Coff Harbour vice-captain puts rivals in a spin

COFFS Harbour vice captain Alishya Phoonie helped spin her side to a third successive win in its  Tamworth Under 14 Carnival clash at Dick Edwards Oval yesterday.

The talented allrounder claimed 5-11 to wreck Clarence’s top order and bundle the side out  for 72.

She and Jessie Ferrett (3-14) created most of the damage yesterday while Noah Pilon (1-11 off eight overs) was also on the spot.

Dylan Cleaver (13) and Hamish Ellem (11) were best for a Clarence side where sundries (19) topscored.

Coffs then chased down the runs in 29.2 overs, with Ty Adams leading the way.

Adams was unbeaten on 32 with Addison Mallett (2no).

Unbeaten after three games, Coffs now plays Northwestern Wolves at Max Sutton Oval today while the other unbeaten side, Nambucca Bellingen, tackles winless Clarence at Riverside 2.

Coffs and Bellingen are unbeaten and head the carnival table on 18 points.

Tamworth and West Pennant Hills Cherrybrook match up in the other game at Dick Edwards Oval today after Tamworth won its first game of the carnival against Northwestern Wolves yesterday.

It wasn’t good news for the other Steggles-sponsored junior teams playing in Armidale, Ballina and Lismore.

The Simon Hood-coached 15s lost to Ballina in their Walter Taylor Shield match in Armidale (see Page 25) while the Under 12s lost to Manly in their opening  Under 12 clash in Lismore  and  the Clive Barton-coached Under 13s copped a second-round loss against Canterbury West in their Ballina Under 13 match.

“We copped another touch-up,”Barton said yesterday.

“But we were a lot more competitive today.”

Canterbury West made 215 and then dismissed Tamworth for 115.

Barton thought Logan Barnes (2-47)  was best of the Tamworth bowlers.

“Joe Doherty batted well too – he  made a good 43. 

“Nathan Watts made 20 and Lachlan Barton 15 but the rest were in the low single digits. 

“We had five ducks.”

Barton thought the side’s fielding was good and is prepared for another improvement against Newcastle today.

 Bede Maher is coaching the Tamworth Under 12s and thought his side showed some good signs despite its 108-run loss to Manly.

Manly made 8-169 in its 45 overs and then dismissed Tamworth for 61 in 41 overs.

“We had them 4-44 at one stage,” Maher said.

“We took a couple of good catches from Toby Smith and Joey Mead but just couldn’t maintain that good start in the middle overs.

“Everyone had a bowl. 

“Toby Smith took 1-24, Joey Mead 1-18, Conrad George 1-14, Jessica Davidson 1-8 and bowled very well. 

“Luke Maher took 1-13.”

Tamworth’s man of the match was Oliver Keft-Gill.

He claimed 2-7 and scored five in a batting lineup where  Smith (14) andMead (10) made runs.

“It was a tough initiation for the boys,”  Maher said.

“But they played pretty well on beautiful Oakes Oval.

“It is picturesque  and quite a privilege to play on it.”

His side plays the Hornsby Hornets in a T25 game this morning before an afternoon T25 game against South East Queensland.

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