EXPERIENCE was the most valuable thing gained by the young Northern Rivers Invitational XI which took on a strong Campbelltown-Camden squad in Murwillumbah over the weekend.
Playing the Sydneysiders in both Twenty20 matches and a 50-overs game, the Northern Rivers side accounted for themselves well against a more experienced outfit.
As expected, the visitors dominated the 'locals' in both forms of the game but the Northern Rivers side maintained a high level of enthusiasm.
Murwillumbah Cricket Club spokesman Keith Wyatt said the visitors were impressed with Rabjones Oval and had indicated they would like to make the fixtures more permanent.
“Sadly we didn't get a lot of locals to come along and watch some pretty entertaining cricket,” Wyatt said.
The visitors dominated the two Twenty20 matches on Saturday and the 50-over match on Sunday.
The Northern Rivers XI had to contend with some late changes but impressed the visitors with their effort in the field.
Local Tweed players to perform well included Corey McMahon, Brent Murray and Zac Stone who showed good control with his spinners to take 1-10 off four overs in a Twenty20 match on Saturday.
Lismore's Ben Cooper hit the ball well and top scored with 40 in the main 50-over match on Sunday.All the scores Scores - Twenty20 matches, Saturday: Campbelltown: 7-112 def Northern Rivers XI: 84; Campbelltown: 4-93 def Northern Rivers XI: 7-82. 50-over match - Sunday: Campbelltown: 5-257 def Northern Rivers XI: 9-178. Batting: B Cooper 40, M Clements 29, M Pickford 26, J Turcato 21.