Teams vie for possession of Intrastate Cup

EMERGING Tasmanian cricketers began war over the under-15s Intrastate Cup in Launceston yesterday.

Teams of 12 players representing the North, South, North-West and a Victorian side are all involved in the four-day limited overs tournament, which will finish with a grand final at Invermay Park on Thursday.

Cricket Tasmania northern regional manager Simon Aufder-Heide said the first three days were used to determine finalists.

Yesterday in windy conditions, the teams played 50-over games on both NTCA grounds and will play there today.

The Northern Force played the North-West Lightning and Victoria took on the South.

Northern Force beat North-West Lightning with a stunning 5 for 168.

Opening batsman Ben Simpson earnt the team 32 runs, before Lachlan Dakin managed 39 and Joel Proctor 25.

Southern Storm made a win for the state with 6 for 233 against Bulldog Academy's 9 for 112.

The tournament moves to Invermay Park and Grammar tomorrow and Thursday.

"Having a Victorian [side] down here increases the level of competition ... regionally in Tasmania we have been strong against ourselves and this year it is a tight competition between the four sides," Aufder-Heide said.

"We have got some talent among the Tasmanian crew and that's what we are keen to showcase.

"We've had some great players come through this system, such as James Faulkner, and it is a great pathway for players to perhaps represent Tasmania down the track."

Aufder-Heide said state selection for the national under-15 championships in Canberra from February 21 would be heavily determined on results of the intrastate carnival.

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