School cricket competition lights up the Sportsground

FINALS READY: Toby Smith batting for The Armidale School in their TOAD Cup match against Duval High School last Friday at the Sportsground. They now face O'Connor in the decider. Photo: Helen Dennis.

FINALS READY: Toby Smith batting for The Armidale School in their TOAD Cup match against Duval High School last Friday at the Sportsground. They now face O'Connor in the decider. Photo: Helen Dennis.

Armidale District Cricket’s annual schoolboy Twenty20 competition wraps up on Friday with The Armidale School earning the right to play O’Connor in the final. 

Named after the four schools who participate, O’Connor qualified in the first round of the TOAD Cup before TAS put themselves in contention for the title with a win last week against Duval High School. 

Duval won the toss under lights last Friday and sent their opponents in to bat first. 

Openers Andrew Kirk and Toby Smith combined for 36 runs in their stand before Smith was caught behind.

In came Sam Skipper. 

Skipper smashed seven fours in his innings before he had to retire on 41. 

Kirk and next batsman in Ben Rowe notched up 27 runs each to contribute to their side’s total of 121. 

Marley Lynch and Jordan King put their best foot forward for Duval with a hard-fought 17 runs each but the TAS bowlers took it to them.

Cotter Litchfield, James Phelps, Jack Nivison and Andrew Kirk took a wicket each and three run-outs made it tough for Duval to establish any significant batting partnerships.

By the time they batted out their 20 overs, Duval were still 35 runs short, handing TAS the victory and the chance to face O’Connor in the decider. 

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for younger cricketers to experience what it’s like to play under lights,” the association’s junior vice-president Michael Dennis said.

“That, along with playing on turf wickets, is something that not all juniors get a chance to do. We’re excited at the enthusiasm shown by the players, and the schools, who get involved in this competition.”

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