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Triple threat in form at SA Country Cup

Saturday, 15th December, 2018

Broken Hill representatives Austin Wilson (left), Katie Letcher and Nick Schofield at the Under 16 Country Cup. PICTURE: Peter Argent Broken Hill representatives Austin Wilson (left), Katie Letcher and Nick Schofield at the Under 16 Country Cup. PICTURE: Peter Argent

By Tyler Hannigan

A trio of talented local junior cricketers plied their trade for Murray Districts-Barrier at this week’s Under 16s Country Cup in South Australia.

West’s Nick Schofield, along with North pair Austin Wilson and Katie Letcher, turned out for the side in four days of competition.

They made easy work of Upper North on day one, chasing down their meagre total of 86 with nine wickets still in hand but were thumped by 103 runs the following day by South East. 

It was another tough day on the Wednesday as Barossa and Light compiled a whopping 7-259 which Murray Districts-Barrier never threatened before the game was ended by rain.

The rain set in and forced the abandonment of Murray Districts-Barrier’s day-four clash with Yorke Peninsula.

Wilson enjoyed a solid carnival, scoring an unbeaten 29 on day two against South East while his bowling was also on song with figures of 2-13 from four overs, 1-18 off eight and 1-22 off five.

Schofield failed to really fire with the bat with a top score of just 11 on day two, but he bowled well to take 1-11 off five in the opening game and then 2-29 off eight on day two.

Letcher wasn’t given much chance to shine with the bat, coming in at 11 in her only innings on day two, but did take a catch behind the stumps against Barossa and Light.  

Schofield and Wilson have played A Grade cricket for their clubs in Broken Hill with Wilson a member of the 2017/18 North premiership side. Schofield has been in terrific form this season for the Robins and leads their wicket takers with nine scalps.

Letcher, a wicket keeper, has played a wealth of girl’s representative cricket including for the NSW Schools, Country NSW and Western Zone as well as also playing a number of B Grade games for the Bulldogs. 

Following the conclusion of the carnival, well performed players will be invited to participate in the state Under 16 Redbacks League which this year will compete against four metropolitan teams and the Under 15 State Team.




Day 1

Murray Districts-Barrier 1 for 87 (Crook 51*) def Upper North 86 (Wilson 2-13, Schofield 1-11) by nine wickets


Day 2

South East 199 (Fisher 65; Schofield 2-29, Wilson 1-18) def Murray Districts-Barrier 96 (Wilson 29*) by 103 runs


Day 3

Barossa and Light 7 for 259 (Whitelum 63; Wilson 1-22) def Murray Districts-Barrier 7 for 82 (Howard 34, Schofield 11; Handke 4-6) 


Day 4

Murray Districts-Barrier drew Yorke Peninsula (match abandoned)

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