South continues dominance
By TONY WHITE
THE South Grafton High School girls open cricket team continued its unbeaten run in The Daily Examiner Shield with a comprehensive win over Grafton High in the final at Rushforth Park on Wednesday.
The champion team has now won three successive DEX titles since a girls competition was introduced in 2004.
After winning the toss, Grafton elected to bat first and was in immediate trouble.
South High's Kara Sutherland and Leah McDonald ripped through the top order with only Louise Hanna holding out the determined attack.
Hanna top scored with 17, including three boundaries.
On the other side of the equation, Grafton High generally struggled, with five batsmen dismissed without scoring.
Grafton was all out for 39 inside its allotted overs.
Sutherland finished with 3-8, McDonald 3-1 and Bronte Pikin, who snared Hanna's vital wicket, 2-15.
South High captain and wicketkeeper Nicole Morgan opened the innings with Ashley Smith and provided the mainstay of South High's innings.
Smith (1), first drop Victoria Murray (0) and Sarah Munns (0) were given the opportunity to bat up the order.
Morgan batted through the innings, top scoring with 20 not out, and Sutherland came in at No.5 and remained 7 not out as South High reached 3-42 in the 17th over.
Lauren Tarrant (1-6) bowled exceptionally well for Grafton.
McDonald was named Player of the Final and Morgan Player of the Series.
South High's Sutherland, Angela Payne and Morgan leave next week to represent the North Coast CHS team at the State Championships.
nMACLEAN High defeated McAuley Catholic College in the boys' Under-14 Daily Examiner Shield final.
The powerful Maclean side, containing nine North Coast representative players, is coached by Harwood Premier League player Andrew Whiteside.
McAuley batted first in a match that was reduced to 20 overs a side following rain delays and was always in difficulty slumping to 6-15 and all out for just 38.
Jirra Breckenridge and Ricky Gould were the chief destroyers, Breckenridge snaring 3-7 and Gould 2-4. Gould was also involved in a brilliant run out.
Maclean opener Sam Lindsay top scored for Maclean with 22 and was ably assisted by Richie Tabor who finished 19no. Maclean made 5-73 to win easily.
Gould was named Player of the Final and Maclean's Brett O'Connor Man of the Series.