The glory of a grand final win
A SUPERB knock of 56 by opener Liam Watson-Merritt paved the way for Coffs Harbour's win over Clarence River in the North Coastal Interdistrict under-14 grand final played at Ellem Oval.
Sent into bat after losing the toss, Coffs compiled a tidy 7-174 from 50 overs with young Liam leading the way, well-supported by Humraj Singh with 27 and Harry Parker who scored 21.
Most successful of the home team bowlers was Hamish Ellem with 2-23 but it was Dylan Lucas who finally ended Liam's stubborn resistance when the score reached 138.
In reply, Clarence River were restricted to 8-146 despite a fighting 58 not out from Jackson Grieve.
He had some assistance when Jacob Ellis contributed 20 but with the Coffs bowlers tightening the screws, the tailenders couldn't lift the run rate and the target proved too elusive.
Pick of the Coffs bowlers was Brock Symons with 4-30 while Luke Neal excelled in the field with four catches.
The umpires delivered the player of the final award into the batting gloves of Liam Watson-Merritt after his third successive half century against the Clarence River side this season.