He might be the youngest player in the team but Clancy McDermott made his impact felt at an under 12 representative cricket carnival in Lismore.
McDermott played a starring role for Armidale in two matches on the second day of the carnival.
The first of his man of the match medals came in the day’s opening 25 over game against Central Coast with a strong performance with both bat and ball.
Armidale’s opponents won the toss and batted first.
McDermott stood tall when he had the chance to bowl and chimed in with 2-9 from just two overs.
Monty Schmude (1-11), Seb Brotherson (1-21), Mitch Duddy (2-9), Jack Hedges (1-11) and Will Friend (2-9) were Armidale’s other wicket takers as Central Coast finished on 10-114.
When it was their turn to step up to the crease, Armidale’s openers fell cheaply before a partnership between Duddy and McDermott put some respectability on the board.
Duddy finished with 13 not out while McDermott was the match’s top run scorer with 17.
Armidale didn’t manage to chase down Central Coast’s total and finished with 8-46 from their 25 overs.
The umpires presented McDermott with the man of the match medal after the game.
Their first win, and McDermott’s second medal, came against Far North Coast in round four of the carnival.
Armidale batted first and set their opposition 98 runs to take the win.
McDermott again top scored for his team with 25 not out.
Far North Coast ensured the game would go down to the wire with 29 runs scored before Armidale snared their first wicket.
Armidale’s bowlers clicked into gear and restricted Far North Coast to 6-84 to land the win.
McDermott finished with 1-1 with the ball to earn his second man of the match medal.
On the opening day of the carnival Armidale were dealt a tough hand with clashes against Sydney-based teams Parramatta and the Michael Slater-coached Manly Warringah.
Against Parramatta, Armidale finished with 8-44 before their opponnents chased down their total in 21 overs. Manly set 122 runs to take the win but Armidale were unable to chase down the total.