Tucabia-Copmanhurst batter Haylee Gough faces Brothers at South Grafton on Saturday.
Tucabia-Copmanhurst batter Haylee Gough faces Brothers at South Grafton on Saturday.

Finals time for junior cricket

THIS afternoon sees the Black Toyota CRJCA finals commence, bringing to an end a fantastic season.

Throughout the season there have been plenty of outstanding performances, and the best of the best will be on show over the next two days.

The under-16 final at McKittrick Park promises to be a cracker, with several players on both sides proving to match winners. The game pits Coutts Crossing Riverside Service Station against East Windon Electrical.

The East team boasts two century-makers from the final round. Brendan Cotton (103) and Luke Shipman (102) have both hit form late in the season and their wickets will be crucial. Lochie Oberg has also been in fin form with the ball, with a best bowling of 4-10.

Coutts are not underdone however, with two North Coast Zone reps in the team. Lewis Chevalley has scored two fifties and a century this season and is very good touch. Brad Chard has been on fire this season with the ball and will be the spearhead of the attack.

Chard, along with Luke Cox and Shaun Vanderham, have claimed 47 wickets this season and their line and length will be crucial.

The under-14s match has the East North Coast Water Sports team up against Tucabia Ulmarra Newsagency. Game breakers for Tucabia-Copmanhurst include Braydon Pardoe who scored 82 not out recently and is in good touch. Dylan Adamson and Martyn Rose are also in good form with the bat, both scoring fifties recently. Tucabia will also rely on Adamson with the ball as well as Trevor Predo, who has a best of 4-26.

East have the batting talent of Jake Purser, who has averaged 36 this year. His wicket will be key along with Connor Keogh who has averaged 25. Their bowling attack will be led by Purser, Keogh and Jackson Shoobert.

The under-12 game will be a tight match. Tucabia Grafton Hire and Brothers Disco Marine have several rep players on each side. Certainly Mitch Kroehnert will be the danger man for Brothers, scoring two centuries at rep level and 148 not out last week. Jordan Newman for Brothers will be the key to the bowling, taking a wicket every 12 runs.

For Tucabia, Dane Gleeson and Nick Campbell will need to step up with the bat, both being not out last match with 37 and 40 respectively.

Bima Dekkar and Blake Newton have had good seasons with the ball for Tucabia and will need to bowl well to contain Kroehnert.

Thommo’s Tips

Under-12s:

Tucabia too strong for Brothers, providing they can dismiss Kroehnert cheaply

Under-14s:

Tucabia way too strong for East. Tucabia have a bowling and batting depth that cannot be overcome by the talented Jake Purser alone. East may have a chance if they all combine in partnerships

Under-16s:

Coutts Crossing with out doubt. The experience that Chevalley and Chard will bring from their SCG Zone final will be unreplaceable. Their strong bowling line up should control Cotton and Shipman, which will be the match winner.



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