Armidale Cricket's under 12s and 14s earned easy wins over Gunnedah while the under 16s collapsed

The future of Armidale Cricket looks promising with two of the three junior representative teams landing huge wins on Sunday. 

Armidale’s under 12’s junior representative cricket team kept their unbeaten record in tact when they comfortably beat Gunnedah.

The under 12s play a 40 over-game split at 20 over intervals. 

Led by the bowling attack of Luke Montgomery and Seb Brotherson, the Armidale 12s had their opponents at 5-27 after 20 overs at The Armidale School’s oval. 

“He [Montgomery] and Seb Brotherson set it up,” coach Jerome Simpson said. 

“They bowled bang on target and really restricted them, they bowled unreal.”

With the bat, the hosts soared to 3-79 in their opening 20 overs. 

Gunnedah’s young but enthusiastic squad couldn’t keep up with the Armidale bowling attack, finishing their second and final innings on 69. 

“Stuart Parsons wicketkept really well,” Simpson said. 

“He has all year but [on Saturday] the ball was up and down. 

“He would put his body behind it if he couldn’t catch it.” 

In the under 14’s game, a 56 run-knock by Ben Heagney set up a huge 228 total for the home side. 

Sam Johnson (34), Ed Shortis (32) and Bradyn Campion (19) were the other big contributors in Armidale’s innings total. 

Jayden Winsor answered for the visiting side with a 55 run-stand of his own but again Armidale’s bowlers had the final say as they tore through the Gunnedah batting order for 144. 

Co-coach Jonathon Watson said there wasn’t one player who didn’t contribute in Armidale’s dominant display. 

“We used nine bowlers so everyone had an opportunity to have a bowl but the main wicket takers were Ben Heagney with three wickets and Sam Johnson with two wickets and Bradyn Campion at the end,” he said. 

“Everyone had a strong game and a relatively easy victory at the end by nearly 100 runs.”

A classy display by Gunnedah’s bowlers saw Armidale’s under 16 batsmen collapse at the crease. 

After bowling out Gunnedah for 161, Armidale made just 79 with Cotter Litchfield top scoring with 18 not out