MASSIVE EFFORT: The Maclean High School girls cricket team who last week finished third at the Marie Cornish Trophy cricket carnival.
MASSIVE EFFORT: The Maclean High School girls cricket team who last week finished third at the Marie Cornish Trophy cricket carnival. Contributed

Maclean High girls cricketers claim third in the state

CRICKET: The Maclean High School girls cricket team almost achieved the impossible last week finishing up second runners-up for the Marie Cornish Trophy.

The Maclean girls led by captain Carly Leeson were among four schools who contested the finals of the tournament across two days at Bathurst.

The girls lost their first encounter against defending champions Hunter Sports High School who went on to win the trophy.

They then moved on to the play-off for third and fourth with Blayney High School which the girls won comfortably to secure the best finish for the high school in the history of the Marie Cornish competition.

For a side with only three girls who play cricket outside of school it was a fantastic achievement.

Captain Leeson was ecstatic with her side's effort to reach the final four high schools in the state.

"I think we are the only Maclean High team that has made it that far in the competition," Leeson said.

"I think that it is a great achievement for our side. I was definitely proud of the effort that all the girls put in, not only in Bathurst but through all the rounds."

It has been a major learning curve for the Maclean girls with several needing to learn cricketing basics throughout the tournament.

"We had to teach a few of the girls the rules," Leeson said. "How the team all came together and stuck together, and travelled all the way to Bathurst is awesome."



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