Moree under 12s just miss out in NICC Ross Panton Cup final

TOP EFFORT: Moree's under 12s cricket team just missed out on winning the NICC Ross Panton Cup final. PHOTO: Justin Barnes
TOP EFFORT: Moree's under 12s cricket team just missed out on winning the NICC Ross Panton Cup final. PHOTO: Justin Barnes

The Moree under 12s representative team have gone down in a valiant effort against Tamworth Blue in the Northern Inland Cricket Council (NICC) Ross Panton Cup final.

Moree lost by just 13 runs in an incredibly tight affair that went right down to the wire.

Batting first, Tamworth set the target of 5/138, Ben Sleeman the top scored with 37. 

Will Sciban led the way with the ball (2/22), taking his two wickets in a row to be on a hat-trick. 

Hugh Reardon, Tom Barnes and Sam Hall contributed with one wicket apiece. 

In response, Moree were bowled out for 125, led by Callum Cooper (32) and supported well by Reardon (24) and Angus Manchee (18).

Assistant coach Justin Barnes said they stuck it out for the whole day but unfortunately just got beat at the very end.

"Angus Manchee and Hugh Reardon batted really well at the back end of our innings, they nearly got us home," he said.

"Will Sciban bowled very well, bowled two of their best batsmen, he was on a hat-trick at one stage with some unplayable balls."

Barnes was incredibly proud of his team's efforts.

"It was a very good effort, very close game," he said.

"They played really well, we could've won it, just pretty well came down to the last few overs. 

"We were just chasing a few too many runs and didn't have enough wickets in hand.

"They had a couple of good bowlers that just finished off the game for them."

Moree's young cricketers tried hard all game and came so close to a grand final victory. PHOTO: Justin Barnes

Moree's young cricketers tried hard all game and came so close to a grand final victory. PHOTO: Justin Barnes

They may have lost at the very end, but Moree's efforts have been strong all season, and it was capped off with Fred Finlayson winning the NICC under 12s champion player.

"Full credit to our guys, our last three games have been in Armidale, Tamworth and Tamworth, three long trips away,

"They've done really well for the whole year, how they've improved has been phenomenal."