Dolphins hit out against FNC Blues
CRAIG McDermott's under-17 Gold Coast Dolphins cricket team proved too strong for Far North Coast Emerging Blues under-17s at Murwillumbah on Saturday.
However there were some good performances from a number of Tweed players, including Corey McMahon and Ryan Gleeson, who, ironically, were playing for the Dolphins.
Both new-ball bowlers proved a handful, with McMahon taking 2-15 from eight overs. Gleeson was wicketless but bowled with good pace.
McMahon was also impressive with the bat, scoring 26 at a crucial time for his team.
The home team's fielding and bowling was sound. Pottsville's Dylan Master bowled well taking 1-22 from seven overs.
Murwillumbah's Zac Stone was very tidy, his spinners conceding only 17 runs from six overs.
In reply FNC struggled against a tight Dolphins attack and could only manage 6-132 in 50 overs against the Dolphins' 7-198.
Tweed's Callum Gall from Cudgen scored a sound 25, while Murwillumbah's Sam Reading and clubmate captain Gabriel Araujo featured in a fighting 48-run partnership.
Craig McDermott was impressed with the Murwillumbah facility and standard of play and is keen to make the match an annual event.
There was also talk of a four-team carnival between NSW and Qld under-17 teams at the completion of the season.
ILLAWARRA Cricket Academy proved too strong for the Far North Coast Emerging Blues squad in matches played at Murwillumbah last Friday and over the weekend. ICA won both 20/20 matches played on Friday. Best-performed for Tweed were Sam Reading with 25 and Dylan Masters 20.
On Saturday and Sunday the two 50-over matches resulted in convincing wins for the visitors, but some pleasing aspects emerged for the home side.
Reading gave an excellent display behind the stumps on Sunday with two stumpings and three catches.
Dylan Master was impressive with the ball, showing good control and swing to take 2-17. The event proved a very successful promotion, with Illawarra keen to return.
Rabjones Oval was in excellent condition, ground staff doing an excellent job.