CRJCA U16s ready for grand final
JUNIOR CRICKET: The Clarence River Junior Cricket Association Under-16s will take centre stage when they take on Coffs Harbour on Sunday for the grand finals of the North Coast Cricket Council Interdistrict Competition.
Coach Mark Ensbey said one win was all the team needed, with their for and against run difference good enough to give them the U16 title again.
"Everyone is keen to go and they're looking forward to heading down and taking on Coffs Harbour,” Ensbey said.
"Coffs are a pretty good team but so are we and we've got the players there that if they go well on the day they'll give them a run for the money. We're more than a good chance, we've just got to play well.”
The team will be without the pace bowler Aidan Cahill who is selected in the U15 NSW team, but the door has opened for U14 Ethan Lucas to play at a higher level.
"It's a shame we'll be down a fast bowler but I'm confident the team will be able to make up for it and move forward,” Ensbey said.
"If we can keep it simple and bowl a good line and length and value our wickets when we're batting, everyone just does their best, the rest will take care of itself. With a bit of luck here and there I think we'll be able to come out on top.
"We're got a good group of cricketers, both boys and girls, so if they can work together as a team they'll do well.”
Despite enjoying six weeks of school holidays, Ensbey said his team should be in some form.
"A lot of the players either play Premier League or 2nd Grade, not all but most play senior cricket on Saturday,” he said.
"I'm sure they'll be right when they get there and get on the field.”
With rain forecast for Sunday, Ensbey said he hoped the weather would clear up so the game goes ahead.
CRJCA play Coffs Harbour Junior Cricket Association in the Under-16 grand final of the North Coast Cricket Council Interdistrict Competition on Sunday at Richardson Oval, Sawtell. Game starts at 10am.