Kookaburra Cup: Central North finish second on the ladder

Higher honours: Jed Collins, Matt Holmes, Jake House, Jack Hamilton, Landan Price, Callum Henry, Lachlan Page and Max Farmer gained selection in the Country Sixers Riptides side for this months U14's State Challenge.
Higher honours: Jed Collins, Matt Holmes, Jake House, Jack Hamilton, Landan Price, Callum Henry, Lachlan Page and Max Farmer gained selection in the Country Sixers Riptides side for this months U14's State Challenge.

Inverell’s Jake House will test himself against the state’s best under 14 players later this month after being named in the Country Sixers Riptides side to contest the State Challenge in Dubbo.

A combination of talent from Central North and North Coast, the Riptides side was selected from this week’s Kookaburra Cup in Armidale.

House had a good tournament, scoring a valuable 24 in Central North’s opening day win over North Coastal.

He was also among the wickets picking up 2-17 against Illawarra and 2-23 against Central Coast.

Central North finished second in the annual carnival after immediately rebounding from a loss to beat Newcastle in the final round in Armidale on Thursday.

Sent into bat in the 40-over match at Jack Vallance Oval, Newcastle made 8-152. 

Ryan Simpson saved his best for last for Central North, claiming 4-23 off five overs.

Central North reached the target in the 34th over for the loss of four wickets.

REWARD: Jake House was named in the combined Central North-North Coast side.

REWARD: Jake House was named in the combined Central North-North Coast side.

Central North skipper Jack Hamilton, of Tamworth, smashed a 82-ball 85 batting at No.3.

No.4 Lachlan Page chipped in with a 44-ball 37 not out.

Undefeated Western won the tournament, beating Central North by four points.

Commenting on the Newcastle match, Singleton-based Central North coach Barry Smith said: “We chased down 152, which is a pretty good score at this age.”