Its Gold for the Far North Coast

Above left: The little master, Kale Hare, regularly opened the innings for Far North Coast Gold during last weeks Under 12 carnival. One of Goonellabah RSLs latest crop, Kale displayed a dizzying array of strokes for one so young. We will be watching his progress with much interest.Above: Central Coasts Shane Warne look-alike, James Smith, captured a wicket with his first delivery and ended with figures of 2 for 17 against FNC Gold, but it wasnt enough to stop the determined locals from capturing the title. Last year the teams shared the honours after the final was washed out.

Finally, after 24 years of hosting Lismores prestigious Annual Under 12s Cricket Carnival

the Far North Coast (FNC) has unequivocally captured the title a jubilant occasion after sharing the honour last year.

In a return to a long-held tradition, the final was played on Lismores premier cricket ground Oakes Oval on Friday between last years finalists Central Coast and FNC Gold.

Central Coast went into the match with a team boasting two terrific young leg spinners, James Smith and James Williams. Furthermore Central Coast had a strong batting line-up, but they failed to come to terms with the turf wicket and regularly mis-timed their drives, offering up regular catches in front of the wicket. Only Central Coast captain left-hander Andrew Glassask looked at ease on the grass, but when Mitch Holland removed him with a bullet catch at first slip, FNC were well on top. Jake Hellyar (3 for 21), Matt Barber (2 for 7) and Nic Sirach (2 for 9) shared out the wickets as FNC Gold routed the visitors for 78 in just 32 overs.

Mallanganees Matt Barber capped off his Player of the Final performance with a patient innings, defending the good balls and hammering the loose ones, to be 31 n.o. when the locals passed the total with five wickets down.

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