Individual standouts highlight otherwise tough day for rep sides
JUNIOR CRICKET: Some standout individual efforts highlighted an otherwise tough day at the office for Lower Clarence and Clarence River's junior representative sides on Sunday.
Both associations played away from home in round one of the North Coast Cricket Council Junior Inter-District Competition, and both came away empty handed across the three age divisions.
Clarence River travelled to Macksville to take on Nambucca Bellingen and while the Under-16s was a complete washout, there was a lone star with bat and ball for both the Under-14s and Under-12s.
Under-14s captain Aidan Cahill scored a classy 63 in his side's total of 138 and took two late wickets to finish with 2 for 19 off 8 overs including four maidens as Nambucca Bellingen otherwise passed the total with ease, finishing 2 for 139 (Dylan Mann 52*, Finn Stephens 55).
In the Under-12s, Keaton Stutt scored 80 not out in Clarence River's total of 7 for 146 and was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 21 off 8 as the opposition chased down the total to finish 8 for 147.
It has been an incredible start to the season for Keaton, who took a hattrick for his club side Tucabia Copmanhurst in Clarence River's Under-12s competition last Friday and currently has a batting average of 143 across all competitions.
Meanwhile, Coffs Harbour dominated Lower Clarence across all three grades.
Liam Watson-Merritt scored 110 as Coffs posted 234 in Under-16s, before Alisha Phoonie took 4 for 7 off 6 as Lower was bundled out for just 37 in reply.
Under-14s was a similar story with Will Bailey scoring 92 in Coffs' total of 5 for 215 and Lower was dismissed for 158. The shining light, however, was captain Coby Tabor's 74 for the visitors, including a 103-run 2nd wicket partnership with Lachlan Dougherty (29).
In the Under-12s Coffs posted 3 for 202 and restricted Lower Clarence to 69 runs.