Central North have finished the Kookaburra Cup on a winning high after beating Newcastle by 40 runs in their final match at Albury.
It was their second win of the annual four-day, eight-team under-14 carnival (they beat Western on day two) – leaving them in sixth place.
Sent into bat, Central North finished on 6-150 and then removed Newcastle for 110 in the 36th over.
Central North coach Barry Smith said his side saved their best performance of the carnival – won by Central Coast – for last.
We’ve fielded exceptionally well all week. That has really been a strong point.Barry Smith
He said his charges were not far off the leading sides.
“We’ve fielded exceptionally well all week. That has really been a strong point,” he said. “And we’ve bowled and batted pretty well as well.
“But today it sort of all come together in all facets and everyone pretty well delivered. It was a good team performance … backed up with a couple of good individual performances as well.”
Against Newcastle, Central North lost both openers, Ben Heagney and Charlie Henderson, for a duck. But Ben Livingstone (53 not out) and Joe Hancock (37), who had excellent tournaments, steadied the ship, before Thomas Porter’s (27) handy knock.
Charlie Walker (3-11) and Joey Fowler (3-17) were Central North’s best bowlers.