Northern Force has fallen just short of victory in the under-13s state championships, going down to Southern Storm West in the competition final.
After scoring 10 runs off the final over to snatch a thrilling opening round match from Southern Storm West, the Force collected an easy win over Southern Storm East with Thomas Beaumont (37 not out) and Lachlan Clark (16 not out) taking their side to a 10-wicket victory.
The Force went down to North-West Lightning in the final round robin match, with Aiden O’Connor (32), Kaidyn Turner (2-24) and Arie Schoenmaker (2-26) the pick of the bunch, but still qualified for the grand final.
Southern Storm West raced to a 92-run win in the final thanks to a 68-run knock from opener William Simaan, but the Force still showed plenty to impress Cricket Tasmania development coach John Hayes.
“A lot of the boys chipped in,” Hayes said.
“They had a good opening partnership the other day with Clark and Beaumont where they chased down 60-odd so they’ve done really well in that regard.
“I’d say they were evenly spread, Arie led them really well so I think we saw some really good young leaders as well and he’s one of those.
“It’s really exciting times for Tassie cricket in regards to the youth space, this under-13 group is really talented statewide and we’ve seen some really good cricket this week.”
The championships will be used to help select the Tasmanian 12-and-under squad, which is expected to be announced in the next couple of weeks.
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