By TONY WHITE
BROTHERS all-rounder Justin Cotten starred in McAuley Catholic College's win over Maclean High School in the Under-14 Daily Examiner shield schoolboy cricket competition final.
It was an exciting, close final that ebbed and flowed and could have gone either way.
Cotten, also a Clarence River Cricket Association junior representative player, ripped through the Maclean middle-order to snare 3-9 from three overs, then top-scored for McAuley with 25 runs after opening the innings.
He was awarded man of the match and man of the series for his performances.
Maclean batted first and was travelling well thanks to a fine 30 by opener Richie Tabour and 15 from Cheyne Faulkner.
Cotten's introduction changed the match.
Maclean lost three wickets without the addition of a run during Cotten's spell, and was all out for 104.
McAuley openers Andrew Lancaster (15) and the more dominant Cotten, ensured the team had a platform to build on.
However, McAuley's run chase stumbled and with time and overs ticking away it was left to Bryce Hourigan (10no) to steady the innings.
After Adam Smith (9) was dismissed, Hourigan and Dean Everson (14) managed to steer McAuley past Maclean's total, ending the match at 7-108.
The victory was McAuley's first in the competition.