North Coast rise our of the ashes
MITCH Kroehnert never gave up hope for his team to win the Bradman Cup.
Despite losing round one of the Under-16 NSW Country Cricket representative competition, North Coast forced its way into the final, then defeated Southern in a nerve-wracking decider.
About half the squad, including Kroehnert, were part of the Under-14 Kookaburra Cup side that lost the grand final two years ago.
"Two years ago we lost our second game and then still made the final," the 15-year-old said.
"The team was very down after that loss. But I personally believed we could still make it."
North Coast was very conscious of maintaining a high run rate quotient as it chased down low totals in its next two games..
Southern posted 9-186 in the final, after being on the ropes at 5-56. In reply, North Coast was in all sorts of trouble at 7-86. But Tweed's Max Bryant (58) and Lismore's Jacob Wood (32no) saved the day, with tail-ender Taree's Sam Johnson hitting the winning runs in the second last over.
Kroehnert was a model of consistency as a first change bowler. He was the tournament's fourth leading wicket taker, with total figures of 7-86 off 37 overs, including 10 maidens, and best figures of 3-26.