New England 14s and 16s take title

The weather on the weekend played havoc with cricket across the region 

The chances of matches in Inverell looked fairly slim, especially after the downpour on Saturday Night. 

The under 16s were set to play their final at Varley Oval but that was moved to Brooks Oval and the 14s from McCosker 2 to Cameron Park.

 Gunnedah wanted a decision on Saturday Night and were not willing to chance a washout if they travelled so they decided not to make the trip to Inverell.

 This gave the under 16s a win in the competition but the team was eager to play. 

The side had been undefeated in their six matches and were raging favourites to win at home in the final, but they did not get to chance to play.  

Overall it was a commanding performance under the direction of coach Scott Wilson. 

A number boys have now finished their years as junior rep players and it is a fitting note for all of them to go out on. 

 With Gunnedah not playing, the 14s final was moved from a wet Cameron Park to Brooks Oval. 

Narrabri won the toss and Narrabri Captain Ryan Meppem had no hesitation in batting. 

He and Coby Cornish opened against Jaidon Tasker and Rory O’Neill.

 The openers were cautious against the openers and were soon in trouble when Tasker got through Meppem’s defences and he was out for 2.

 O’Neill struck in the next over and suddenly Narrabri was 2/12 from eight overs. 

Captain Tom Scoble entered the attack and he dismantled the middle order of Narrabri taking 4 for 5 from 5 overs.

This included Kookaburra Cup team mate Coby Cornish for 8 and an excellent piece of fielding by Mitch Myler to run out Khiarni Cornish  saw Narrabri slump to 7/23. 

Cooper Brayshaw 10 and Lucas Middleton 9 along with Tyson Gilmore 5 mounted a rear guard action, which took the score to 52 when Jaidon Tasker and O’Neill wrapped it all up taking the last three wickets.

 Narrabri were all out in the 27th over for 52. 

Runs had been hard to come by on the slow outfield, but the ground fielding and field setting was the best of the season and it was now up to the batsmen to finish the job.

 Captain Tom Scoble sent in Luke Hodgson with regular opener Joe Smith to take the attack to Narrabri. 

This proved a pivotal decision in the run chase as Luke blasted 37, with three 4’s and two sixes from about 25 balls. 

Luke took the attack to the bowlers and Smith 12 not out played some nice off side strokes to keep the strike rotating. 

The run for victory came up in the 13th over. 

The power of Luke Hodgson was a huge advantage on the slow outfield while Joe Smith was determined to see New England to victory. 

This match was between the two strongest teams in this age division as they contained five Central North players (Kookaburra Cup) three from Narrabri and two from Inverell. 

This was important to the New England team as many were involved in the finals loss last year.

 New England Captain Tom Scoble accepted the Tim Grosser Cup and thanked his players and the Narrabri team for the game and the umpires. 

He thanked the parents who tripped around the region to get the boys to matches. 

Tom was voted Player of the Final for his 4/5  and it was an excellent performance by  the whole  team to have won the competition undefeated. 

Jaidon Tasker was the competition’s leading wicket taker as well.

 On behalf of Inverell Junior Cricket a huge thanks to the parents who graciously gave their time to get the players to matches and thank you to John Smith and Maria Smith for organising the barbecue after the match was completed.    

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