From left Brayden Pardoe, Ryan Johnson, Jacob Purser and captain Jake Kroehnert starred at junior representative level.
From left Brayden Pardoe, Ryan Johnson, Jacob Purser and captain Jake Kroehnert starred at junior representative level.

Young guns continue to fire away

CLARENCE Valley’s reputation as a breeding ground for young stars was further enhanced by the performance of four juniors at the Kookaburra Cup earlier this month.

Jake Kroehnert, Brayden Pardoe and Jacob Purser were selected from Clarence River Cricket Associaton and Ryan Johnson from Lower River Cricket Association to compete in the under-14 North Coast Zone side.

The quartet all made match-winning contributions throughout the event, held in rain-soaked Bowral from January 15-18.

Tournament favourites the Central Coast were no match for the North Coast, skippered by Kroehnert, who went on to clinch the overall title and further promote the region’s reputation as a cricket stronghold.

In winning the Kookaburra Cup, North Coast Zone qualified to play the winner of the Sydney Moore Shield competition in the under-14 State Challenge at Oxley Oval in Port Macquarie on January 24.

In a very competitive match, North Coast were eventual narrow victors by 10 runs, handing them the State Challenge Championship title.

The result follows on the highly impressive performances of the regions other junior sides over the Christmas period.

Play resumes in the under-10, 12, 14 and colts competitions tomorrow.

Pick up next Tuesday’s edition of The Daily Examiner to see photos, results and all the action from the junior cricket contests in the Clarence Valley.



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