Illawarra pushed Sydney champions Fairfield Liverpool all the way in a cliffhanger in the under-16 State Challenge final at the SCG.
As the first Illawarra team in 19 years to win the Bradman Cup, the Illawarra rep team took on the AW Green Shield Champions from Sydney in a terrific Twenty20 match. Batting first, Illawarra posted 6-125, led by a fine 50 from skipper Daniel Constable.
Bradman Cup champions Illawarra.
Constable and Callum Waldock (24) put on 75 for the opening wicket before some hard-hitting from Reece Nikitaras (16) ensured the Sydney champions needed more than a run a ball in the run chase. Two run-outs slowed Illawarra’s momentum but 125 looked a good score to defend.
Fairfield-Liverpool opener Harmon Sandhu proved the match-winner with an unbeaten 60 as the Sydney side reached the target with one ball to spare and six wickets in hand.
Constable bowled a great spell, taking 2-18 from his four overs.
Despite the loss it has been a great season for the Illawarra under 16s, with many players already in first grade in the Illawarra senior competition.
Most of the squad are also eligible for the Illawarra representative under 16s in 2013-14, with the team looking to defend their Bradman Cup crown and have another crack at the State Challenge.
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