Northern Suburbs Blacks batsmen will need to be at their best to chase down a big target against Raymond Terrace in the under-16 cricket grand final.
Raymond Terrace all-rounder Jacob Page was in electric form on day one of the grand final scoring 122 of his teams total of 185 at Robins Oval.
A wet out-field restricted scoring early, but Page still managed to score nine fours and a massive six which landed on the Maitland Park Bowling Club greens.
He was eventually caught beside the boundary fence by Logan Smith off the bowling of Caleb Daskalovski.
He received good support from fellow opener Logan Andrews who scored 17 and Caden Taylor who scored 12 before being well caught in the outfield by Tom Beckham off the bowling of Max Hampton.
Norths Black stuck to their job and did a terrific job to restrict the Lions’ total to a score below 200.
The wickets were shared around with Max Hampton (3-32) and Will Fort (2-23) finishing with the best figure. Daskalovski took got the key wicket of Page and pulled off a magnificent reflex run-out off his bowling to dismiss Duncan Akerman.
Norths have a strong batting line-up including first grade experienced players Will Fort, Callum Gabriel and Shannon Threlfo and they will need to make a solid start against Raymond Terrace’s bowling attack of Page, Aiden Bills, Michael Bennett and Taylor.
It’s also grand final day from under-12 to under 15s.
Eastern Suburbs play Northern Suburbs in the under-15 decider.
Easts successfully chased down City United’s 4/72 to record a seven-wicket win and Norths cruised to an eight-wicket victory after dismissing Raymond Terrace for 35 in the semi-finals.
In the under 14s, City United defeated Raymond Terrace and Tenambit Morpeth Bulls beat Northern Suburbs to make the grand final.
Northern Suburbs play Eastern Suburbs White in the under-13 grand final after beating Karuah and Eastern Suburbs Blue respectively..
In under 12 Division 1 Eastern Suburbs take on Northern Suburbs and in Division 2 Dungog meet Western Suburbs.
All games start at 8.30am.