Sydney West crowned champs in Armidale

NORTH West and Sydney West were both celebrating after final-day State PSSA Boys’ Cricket Championship wins in Armidale yesterday.
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The Sydney side’s carried a little more prominence though with their four-run win over Combined Independent Schools seeing them take home the silverware.

The final was a tense battle and went down to the final over.

Defending 9-116, Sydney West dismissed CIS for 112 to be crowned champions.

They picked up the final wicket with four balls to spare from a run-out.

North West had an easier time of it, accounting for Barrier by eight wickets for their first win of the carnival.

Once again, they had to chase though but only required 52.

Barrier got off to a pretty good start and, after 10 overs, was only one down.

But it lost four or five in pretty quick fashion and was unable to make much of a score from there.

Liam Rodgers (Rowena Public) and Jack Diebold (Tamworth Public) led the bowling effort for the hosts with two wickets each.

“The boys did well. We held about six catches,” manager Toby Morgan said.

“We’ve improved on that over the week.”

They had little trouble chasing down the runs, losing only two wickets in the process.

AJ Pretorius (Tamworth Public) carried his bat and was unbeaten on 30.

He and Diebold (4no) put on about 20 to steer them to victory.

It was a good way to finish off the carnival.

“We started of pretty sluggish but improved over the week,” Morgan said.

“We used each day as a learning experience.”

Diebold was a big contributor with bat and ball and was North West’s player of thecarnival.

He took eight wickets for the week and, with a top score of 54no, totalled about 100 and was easily its top run-scorer.

His Tamworth Public side will be hoping he can replicate some of that form today.

It will take on Tacking Point at Scully Park in the quarter-final of the State PSSAKnockout.

Pretorius will also be backing up from North West duties.

Sydney West, Sydney North, Riverina, Sydney East and Hunter were the other final- day victors.

Sydney West and Hunter scored identical totals to win their games. Sydney West made 7-122 in reply to North Coast’s 9-120, while Hunter defended that against Mackillop, bowling them out for 54.

Riverina was also successful batting first.

It posted 9-124 and then dismissed Western for just 79.

Sydney North lost just two wickets in chasing down Polding’s 114.

Sydney East did likewise against South Coast, replying to its 7-97 with 2-98.

AJ Pretorius top-scored yesterday as North West picked up its first win of the State PSSA Carnival. He was the keeper for the zone side and will be a key for his Tamworth Public side today in its state quarter-final clash against Tacking Point. Photo: Barry Smith 201112BSB26

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