Steep learning curve for girls

By TONY WHITE

SOUTH Grafton High girls cricket team have finished fourth in the State wide knockout competition finals in Bathurst.

The team was beaten on Wednesday by Wellington for a place in the final then Dubbo beat SGH in the play off for third and fourth on Thursday.

"The girls played well, but they are a lot younger and less experienced than the other three teams here," coach Sandra Martin said from Bathurst.

"They're definitely not ashamed of their performance. After all they've finished in the top four teams in the State.

"The good thing is this experience will do them the world of good. They learned a lot.

"The bulk of the team have another three or four years left and hopefully we can come back and try again in the next couple of years."

After batting first on Wednesday, Wellington, with several State players, were dismissed for 105.

Steffanee Colgrave topped SGH bowling figures with 4-30, Kara Sutherland took 2-24, Malina Rumble 1-2 and Samantha White, 2-0.

After a solid start, SGH were 1-26 but the remaining batsman faltered and the team was dismissed for 68.

Angela Payne top scored with 11 and Nicole Morgan 10.

Against Dubbo yesterday, SGH batted first and were all out for 54.

Morgan top scored with 12, Rumble got 8 and birthday girl Katherine Richardson remained 6no.

Dubbo reeled in SGH's total in just over 20 overs, winning the match with 4-58.

Colgrave was the best of SGH bowlers with 2-10 and Leah MacDonald took 1-8 and Payne, 1-23.

IN other cricket news the Bananacoast Community Credit Union Premier League and CRCA presentation night is on tonight at the South Grafton Ex-Servicemen's Club.

The two major awards are the 2GF Cricketer of the Year and The Daily Examiner Rookie of the Year.



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