Moree under 12s overcome Armidale to progress through to the NICC Ross Panton Cup grand final

WINNERS: The Moree under 12s cricket team players and coaches celebrate getting through to the grand final after their win over Armidale
WINNERS: The Moree under 12s cricket team players and coaches celebrate getting through to the grand final after their win over Armidale

The Moree under 12s representative cricket team is through to the grand final of the NICC Ross Panton Cup after defeating Armidale by 55 runs in the final round game.

Batting first against Armidale, Moree scored 7/177, lead by Fred Finlayson with 32 runs and supported well by Tom Barnes (24), Will Sciban (19) and Hugh Reardon (18).

In reply, Armidale could only manage 8/122. Os Van Velthuizen (2/12) and Sam Hall (2/13) were best with the ball, with Billy Barwick also contributing with 1/16.

They now move on to face Tamworth Blue in the final this weekend, who are the only team to defeat Moree throughout the competition.

Moree last played in the final back in 2015, defeating Armidale on that occasion.

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Assistant coach Justin Barnes is confident his side can get the job done this weekend.

“We have a good chance of winning on Sunday against Tamworth Blue," he said.

"We lost to them by 30 runs in the round game, however that game could have gone either way.

"The team is coming together really well with everyone playing an important part in the game.

"The team will be working hard this week at training and hope to come home with the trophy on Sunday afternoon."

Director of coaching Michael Slacksmith is really proud of the team's efforts throughout the season, with a lot of new players coming in and having an impact.

“Our team has come along way this year," he said.

"We lost some players after Christmas who headed off to boarding school so we have ushered in some of the younger players like Anna Lamey, Sam Hall and Josh Slacksmith.

"These players have all improved their cricket so much by training hard and listening to advice from our coaches.

"We have had players like Callum Cooper and Lachie Muggleton improving so much over the year they are now our regular opening pair.

"Gilbert Tighe, who has only been playing cricket for a few years, is batting well in the middle order and is one of our best fielders and Angus Manchee has improved."

The grand final will be played in Tamworth this Sunday, March 10.