Lismore wins its first shield in a thriller at Armidale

LISMORE won its first Walter Taylor Shield with a thrilling 16-run win over Hastings Valley at New England Mutual Armidale Sportsground yesterday.

The Trevor Graham-coached Lismore side made just 103 in its innings but then bowled out Hastings for 87 to secure its first Under 15  Walter taylor Shield on a day where Penrith finished third with a 32-run run win over Armidale, West Pennant Hills Cherrybrook finished fifth following a 54-run win over Ballina and Tamworth finished seventh after a five wicket success against Hunter Valley.

All the accolades were with Lismore though, successfully defending a small total in the final.

Matt Farrington (29), Jacob Graham (16) and opening bowler Dane Pratt (15) topscored for Lismore after Dan Middleton (2-25), Jack Steinmetz (2-12), Lachlan Smith (2-20) and Jak Dobbyns (2-4) had placed Hastings Valley in a strong position.

However, offspinner Will Parsons was on song for Lismore, claiming 4-16 from his nine overs while Tom Carlton claimed 2-10, Isaac Lee 2-16 and Dane Pratt 1-12.

Pratt’s 10-over spell included five maidens, four of them in succession, Graham said.

“It was a  great game, a great team effort,”  Graham said.

“In such a low scoring game our bowlers bowled extremely well and kept the run rate down. 

“Will Parsons (player of the final) took some crucial wickets for us.

“He got the last wicket and also took two crucial wickets with the first two balls after lunch.”

Caleb Gallagher (16), Jack Steinmetz (13) and Lachlan Smith (13) topscored for Hastings.

At the other end of the  Walter Taylor Shield Shield playoffs, Tamworth won its first game of the week when it became the only successful  chasing team yesterday.

Hunter  Valley had scored 165 thanks to a fine unbeaten 72 from Connor Lupton.

Brice Pratt also made 29 against a Tamworth attack best served by Cooper Barnes (1-19).

However the  Tamworth batsmen formed some good partnerships, not least of which was a 52-run opening stand between Daniel Redshaw (15) and Tom Fitzgerald (38).

Skipper Adam Cruickshank topscored with 33 and Tom Maloney also made 25.

Cruickshank and Jack Davison (16) came together when the side lost two quick wickets on 87 and then Cruickshank and Maloney forged an unconquered 44-run sixth wicket partnership.

Jack Duffin (2-27), Connor Lupton (1-26) and Eden Tickle (1-39) were best of the Hunter Valley bowlers.

“It was a good way for us to finish,”  Tamworth coach Simon Hood said.

“Everybody contributed today. 

“The batsmen who hadn’t been batting well, did today, and we got them five down. 

“It was a good week of high- standard cricket. 

“The boys would have learnt a lot by playing some good teams and watching some good players.”

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