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Junior Warriors rattled by Kingborough Gold

The North Huon stage 1 team was super-keen to get back onto the pitch as they traveled down to Lightwood Park to face Kingborough Gold on Monday evening.

After a long Christmas and January break, Captain Alex Leaman won the toss and sent the Gold Knights in to bat. With the young Stevensons out, former Warrior juniors Zac Darke and Noah Walker were called up to fill the breach.

The North Huon opening bowlers attacked but were rebuffed until Anthoney (2/14) found his way through their defences to clean up the stumps twice. Noah (1/15) bowled with with speed and accuracy and executed a fine run out, while Seb Johnston (1/9) was the other wicket taker.

Kingborough were kept to 5/120 off their 20 overs, and based on previous run chases the young Warriors thought the target was in reach.

The Gold Knights had other plans and rolled out a series of accurate quicks, who bowled with superb line and length. The slightly rusty Warriors struggled to adapt to the pace, with Seb (13) and Alex (15) and Anthoney making it into double-figures in the middle order.

Connor Lyness (23) strode to the crease as the last batter, and launched an attack hitting two fours and a six.

The constant rattle of wickets throughout the innings meant that the Warriors never got close, finishing 17/109. When penalty runs were accounted for, Kingborough Gold had a comfortable winning margin of 188 to 129.

Next week North Huon are at home to Kingborough Black, whose last loss was to Kingborough Gold back in November.