LARA Graham showed her class against Tamworth Public yesterday in the first round of the PSSA State Knockout at the Minor League Fields.
On the back of being selected in the NSW PSSA squad last week following the state carnival, Graham was player of the match for Nemingha after excelling with both bat and ball.
TPS won the toss and opted to bat, although it was not long before they regretted that decision as Nemingha Public crumbled the top order with some quality bowling.
Graham picked up where she finished for North West last week, taking two wickets in five overs for only three runs in a clinical display.
She was joined on figures of two for three by Maya Olrich.
The other wickets were shared around, although Safia Arranz was also a stand out.
Arranz opened with a maiden before taking one wicket for one run in her only other over.
The rest of the wickets were shared around as TPS were all out in the 24th over of the 25 over match for just 44 runs.
TPS Mikayla Bailey top scored with six runs after coming in at number eight and helping the tail wag a bit.
Jayne Irvine also put on five runs at number six, but the damage had already been done at the top.
In reply Graham single-handedly notched up half the score to finish on 22 not out, while opening partner Arranz was on 18 not out as Nemingha cruised to victory without losing a wicket.
NPS Assistant Principal and coach David Lewis said the girls had been training hard and it had paid off.
“They train every Tuesday and Thursday and do a lot of bowling,” Lewis said.
“To bowl only five wides in 25 overs at this level is amazing and they backed that up with some good fielding.”
Keeper Sienna O’Malley was good behind the stumps only letting four byes go past, although it was Graham’s day.
TPS manager Barry Everingham said they were beaten by a better side.
“They were a class above us out there and good luck to them,” Everingham said.
NPS got knocked out in the regional final by Narrabri West last year and are aiming to for the state semis this year.
The side will next meet Sir Henry Parkes Primary School from Tenterfield, back at the Minor League Fields in Tamworth on March 21.