Mixed bag for coast cricketers

Jay Stafford tracks the ball after unleashing some good line and length against Canberra North's top order on Sunday.

Jay Stafford tracks the ball after unleashing some good line and length against Canberra North's top order on Sunday.

The Far South Coast/Monaro combine is facing mixed results in Canberra's premier under 19s competition.

Coached by Adam Blacka and Ross Keller the squad were hit and miss in T20 assignments last weekend, while falling only 20 runs short of Canberra North in a 50-over one-dayer at Bega's George Griffin Oval on Sunday.

In surprisingly warm conditions, the locals took the field first and worked hard to contain the Canberra outfit, but it was a tall middle order stand that helped the visitors to a target of 277 runs after their alotted overs.

Jay Stafford and Angus Tarpey had some good stints with the ball to put the Canberrans under pressure, but the Northern outfit escaped plenty of trouble with some dropped balls hurting the Coast.

The reply from the coast was swift with the host-team at 4/169 by drinks. Jack Allen scored a best of 98 for the day, while Zac Keogh had a good knock of 42.

Both Angus Tarpey and Mitch Jessop added 25 apiece to the tally before their dismissals.

Solid contributions came throughout the order, but the Canberra bowling attack proved as capable with the ball as they had earlier done with the bat.

The coast fought valiantly, but fell about 20 short at the end of play.

The team also backed up on the holiday Monday with a follow up game in Bega against Canberra West.

Meanwhile, women's representative duties begin this weekend with the Coast outfit to play host to a Canberra squad in Bega on Saturday with a 10am start.

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