CELEBRATION TIME: Ballina Bears under-14s after winning this season’s Ballina and District Junior Cricket Association grand finals.
CELEBRATION TIME: Ballina Bears under-14s after winning this season’s Ballina and District Junior Cricket Association grand finals. Patrick Gorbunovs

Bears’ Fyn does the job

BALLINA Bears junior cricket ace Fyn Silvers has impeccable timing.

The 13-year-old ace picked the perfect match to unleash "the best ball I've ever bowled", snaring dangerous Alstonville batsman and skipper Matthew Job for just eight runs in the Ballina District Junior Cricket Association under-14 grand final.

His efforts helped the Bears take this season's decider after securing a three-wicket victory.

Medium pacer Fyn, who finished with two wickets and also starred with the bat, said taking the wicket was a memorable moment.

"I just thought, let's slow it down and get the swing," he said.

"I got one right on the off stump and bowled him out.

"Everyone was running and cheering and jumping on top of each other (when the wicket fell). We knew he was a really good batsman.

"After that we ended up cleaning them up."

Fyn is more at home behind the stumps as a wicketkeeper/batsman, but opted to roll his arm for a few overs in the final.

After helping dismiss Alstonville for 86, the Lennox Head-based player, who bowls right-handed but bats left-handed, hit 20 to help his team reach its target for the loss of seven wickets.

Fyn, of Trinity Catholic College Lismore, was in his second season with the Bears.

"I just had friends who played with them," the Year 8 student said. "I thought I'd come along too.

"I love playing for the Bears. They're a great bunch here."

Victory in the two-day final at Saunders Oval meant the Bears followed in the club's LJ Hooker League senior side.

Fyn, who counts Australian all-rounder Shane Watson as his favourite player, couldn't have been happier.

"We've been undefeated all season and played some great cricket," he said.

"I'm over the moon."


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