Girl cricketers big improvers

THE North Coast Girls Cricket team, containing four local players from the Clarence Valley, made a dramatic improvement in performance at the CHS State Girls Cricket Titles.

The Clarence Valley was represented by Kara Sutherland, Angela Payne, Nicole Morgan (South Grafton High) and Stephanie Honeybrook (Maclean High).

After finishing last in 2005, North Coast with three wins out of four moved to fifth place, with quotient countbacks determining positions two to five.

The first game was against Sydney East. Batting first the goal of playing 50 overs was achieved with North Coast totalling 9/119. Sutherland scored 54 not out. They bundled Sydney East out for 58. Sutherland (3/7) and Honeybrook (2/6) were major wicket-takers in the game.

The following day versus North West, North Coast scored 9/133. Sutherland contributed a handy 19, Angela Payne with 20 played great cricket against a star-studded North West team.

State player Emily Osborne, the Player of the Carnival, scored a magnificent 72 but the rest of the batters tumbled to be all out for 113.

Two wins, and next day against eventual winners Sydney South West. The SSW team scored 6/195 and North Coast managed to bat their full overs to score 97.

Morgan was the star batter with a very neat 26 runs.

The final game versus Riverina was a relaxed affair with North Coast posting their highest score of 8/165. Sutherland scored again with 70no.

Riverina replied with 143. Honeybrook added to her wicket tally with 1/16. Morgan was magnificent as wicketkeeper.

Kerry Wilsmore from Grafton High was the coach of the team.

From the carnival, Sutherland was selected in CHS 2s, which was a fine reward for her consistent batting and bowling performances.

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