Gunnedah’s under 15 representative side delivered a powerful display in the opening round of the Central North cricket competition.

The hometown Gunnedah outfit won by more than 100 runs against Inverell when the sides clashed at Longmuir Playing Fields.

Gunnedah’s huge 9-173 total was led by an unbeaten 67-run stand by Harrison Paul.

The opening batsman was unshakeable and faced 151 balls in 50 overs to lead his side throughout the innings.

Gunnedah batsman Harrison Paul delivered a masterclass display against Inverell, batting out the entire 50-run innings to score 67 not out on Sunday.

Many shared their excitement of Harry’s feat including team coach, Ash White.

“Congratulations, a very talented young kid, keep up the hard work,” he said.

Other Gunnedah supporters were equally impressed, commenting: “Great work Harry, all round sportsman … congratulations Harry, epic work … well done Harry”.

Gunnedah team-mate and number three batsman Jason Lighezzolo chimed in with 31 runs (59 balls) toward the team tally before he was caught in front lbw.

Roy Peatling (6 runs) and Mackenzie Keeler (5) persevered in lower order and faced 49 balls between them.

Mackenzie was among nine girls playing for both Gunnedah and Inverell in the mixed team format.

The bulk of Gunnedah’s remaining runs were courtesy of the Inverell bowlers who accrued 51 sundries.

In its bowling reply, Gunnedah made steady progress with Sean Ryan among his side’s best. He took two wickets for the loss of just three runs from his four overs bowled.

Equally consistent was Cobi Jolliffe (2-3) from two overs bowled and Xanthe Hewitt (2-7) from three overs.

Also featuring in the wicket stakes was Jack Canham, Jason Lighezzolo and Roy Peatling.

The persistent pressure from Gunnedah bowlers restricted Inverell’s run chase to less than half of what was required. The side was bowled out for just 50 runs to hand Gunnedah victory ahead of its next match against Armidale.

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