STORMING IN: The FNC Thunder and Hawkesbury teams played in the Lismore Under-12 carnival yesterday. Hawkesbury won.
STORMING IN: The FNC Thunder and Hawkesbury teams played in the Lismore Under-12 carnival yesterday. Hawkesbury won. Supplied

Cricketers bowled over by Lismore U12 Carnival

THE FNC Sixers won their match against friendly rivals FNC Renegades in the Lismore U12 Cricket Carnival on Thursday at Mortimer Oval.

Sixers coach David McDowell was delighted

"We were all for 127 and we rolled the Renegades for 78,” he said.

"Nathan Pyke managed 50 runs and was named Man of the Match”.

He said both teams fielded and bowled really well.

"It was a hard-fought win,” he said.

"It's their mates they beat but they'd prefer to have played someone and so both teams could have a win.”

Earlier McDowell said the teams had performed magnificently during the carnival.

"The boys are having a fantastic time over four days of cricket, making lifelong friends (and) they are having a ball,” he said.

"The competition is so well run.”

Meanwhile, player enthusiasm remains as high as the temperatures as the progresses towards the finals.

While coaches, umpires and parents may be sweltering, the young players are still as full of vigour and passion as they were for the first ball on day one.

Renegades assistant coach Grace Parsons said her team were also having a wonderful time.

"The girls and boys in our team have had a lot of fun this week,” she said.

"The are really enjoying it.”

Meanwhile, a third FNC team, the Thunder were a joy to train, according to coach Grayson Kernaghan.

"They are a good bunch of mates and there's no expectation on them to do anything but their best,” he said.

"We will finish in the top eight which is a great result for these kids, today Hawkesbury were all out for 61 and Thunder were all out for 50.”

Grayson said the pitch proved very challenging.

"It was a really tough lesson for the kids as it was a really difficult wicket with an uneven bounce.”

Across the road at Heaps Oval, Sydney team Penrith were playing Hunter Valley.

Penrith coach Brad Astill said his boys were excited by their performance, particularity by beating Illawarra on Wednesday afternoon.

"We are absolutely ecstatic, I cant speak highly enough of them,” he said with a grin.

"The boys have exceed their expectations by a country mile and there were tears of happiness in the shed last night when our captain made a speech.”

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