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Junior derby down to the wire

The Stage 1 Warriors headed to the Bull Ring to face local rivals Huonville on a windy and wet Monday evening. The sheltering hedge has gone, and very cool south easterlies were blowing across the ground – it felt like footy season!

North Huon won the toss and captain Connor Lyness sent the Bulls in to bat – a decision both sides were delighted with. Former Warrior Cooper Lorkin got the Bulls off to a flyer, and a blistering 33 from Geordie Oakford set a solid Huonville platform.

North Huon fought back with four wickets shared between bowlers. Lively fielding late in the innings resulted in four run outs, with the Bulls posting a very competitive 8-126.

Captain Connor opened with Max, both of whom regularly found the middle of the bat. The junior Warriors shared the runs around with most batters reaching double figures. Late in the game the showers moved in, and the wet ball was tricky for the Bulls to bowl and field with.

It came down to the last over, with North Huon holding on to win 5-165 to 8-146. Fielding was ultimately the difference in a very tight local derby.

Jack Stevenson took home the match ball – leading the way in the field and making runs for his teammates with much-improved running between the wickets.

Next week the junior Warriors host Margate Red in what shapes as a tough contest.