Grafton High no match for classy Alstonville outfit
SCHOOL CRICKET: Grafton High's NSW CHS Open Boys Cricket Knockout campaign has come to an end, bowing out at the hands of Alstonville High.
The two sides met in the North Coast final on the back of convincing semi-final wins over Camden Haven and Kingscliff respectively.
But Grafton could not repeat previous efforts with an errant batting display proving costly at Lower Fisher Turf, Grafton.
Electing to bat first, the top five batsmen all looked to be making starts before getting dismissed under double figures, while No.6 batsman Kyle Payne (22) was the only bright light of the innings, as Grafton succumbed to be all out for 72 in 31.3 overs.
Part-time bowler Matthew Job (5 for 21 off 8) reaped the rewards, including a broken stump when he beat the defences of Ben Jurd (8), while opening bowler Lewis McNally (1 for 12 off 8) kept things tight early and North Coast CHS representative captain Kyle Yager (2 for 10 off 3.3) rounded out proceedings late.
In reply, McNally (33no) and Yager (32no) again combined, comfortably negotiating Grafton's attack to pass the required total one wicket down after just 14 overs.
It was the first time in 10 years Alstonville had been crowned North Coast champions. They will join the 10 regional champions at the state finals in term one next year.
SCOREBOARD: Alstonville HS 1-73 (Lewis McNally 33no, Kyle Yager 32no) defeated Grafton HS 72 (Kyle Payne 22, Reece Gaddes 9, Dylan Lucas 8, Ben Jurd 8, Jackson Grieve 7, Hayden Ensbey 7; Matthew Job 5/21, Kyle Yager 2/10, Lewis McNally 1/12).