The experience gained by Central North at this week’s Country Colts Championships in Narrabri will be transferred to next year’s carnival – with “five or six players” still eligible to play then, says the side’s co-coach Tom Groth.
Central North’s fourth and final match, against Greater Illawarra, was a washout on Thursday.
The side finished with one win and three losses – the defeats coming consecutively and including back-to-back Twenty20 defeats on Wednesday to Central Coast and then Riverina.
Groth described Central North's carnival as “disappointing” but was pleased with their performance against Riverina and is optimistic about how the side will perform at the 2019 championships.
Groth said: “That second T20 [against Riverina] was a much-improved effort … it’s probably a shame we didn’t have a couple more of those to really increase the momentum.
“With the experience of the five or six guys who are coming back next year, those guys would have learnt a lot and they’re looking forward to next year already.”
On Wednesday – day three of the championships – Central Coast thumped Central North by eight wickets, before Riverina beat them by five wickets.
Central North were dismissed for 75 in the 15th over, with Central Coast passing the total in the 14th over. Central North opener Will Fort made a 24-ball 28.
Central North made 5-137 against Riverina, who passed the total with seven balls left. Fort belted a 46-ball 58, which included two sixes and four fours.
Central North beat Western on day one, then lost to Newcastle on day two.
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