Bayley McGill, James Psarakis co-captains country U-17s cricket 

NEWCASTLE skipper Bayley McGill and Central Northern counterpart James Psarakis were named co-captains of the NSW Country under-17 cricket side after standout performances at Raymond Terrace at the weekend.
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Psarakis, from Tamworth, led the unbeaten Central Northern to the NSW Country championship with 242 runs from three games, including 148 not out against Central Coast and 61 against Western.

Cardiff-Boolaroo batsman McGill belted 135 not out against Western and 145 against Southern in his competition-leading 283 total.

The pair will show the way for Country against City under-17s in two 50-overs-a-side matches at Bradman Oval in Bowral on November 10-11.

Central Coast’s Daniel Hueston was the leading bowler with 9-115 for the tournament and was also selected in the Country team.

The side is: James Psarakis (Central Northern-co-captain), Bayley McGill (Newcastle-co-captain), Tobyn Burvill (North Coastal), Luke Corlis (North Coastal), Daniel Heuston (Central Coast), Henry Hunt (Western), Nathaneal Jones (Southern), Charles Litchfield (Western), Connor Matheson (Riverina), Jayden Park (Central Northern), Joshua Pettigrew (Newcastle), Jaymes Thomas (Central Northern).

■ Denman’s Riley Ayre had plenty to talk about when he returned to St Joseph’s High School, Aberdeen, yesterday after a memorable week in his burgeoning cricket career.

The 17-year-old spinner debuted for NSW in the second XI Futures League competition, finishing with 0-27 and 0-16 and scoring six not out in a rain-marred draw in a four-day game with Victoria at Junction Oval in St Kilda.

The left-armer then again bowled tidily on Saturday for Sutherland in Sydney first grade, finishing with 0-16 off seven overs in a 10-wicket loss to Manly-Warringah.

On Sunday, he backed up in under-21s and senior Twenty20 wins for Sutherland against Gordon.

He opened the bowling in both games, taking 1-23 and 2-21 in his four-over efforts.

■ Hunter District Cycling Club’s Kai Chapman made it back-to-back wins in a race dedicated to his grandfather, Mick Chapman, on Sunday.

Kai, who won the Australian under-15 track sprint championship at Adelaide in March, defended his under-15 division crown in the Mick Chapman Memorial Criterium on Honeysuckle Drive, edging out Central Coast’s Tom Lynch and Illawarra’s Zach Marshall.

In the girls’ under-15s, North Sydney’s Laura Jones beat Central Coast’s Jess Fields and Hunter’s Lucie Fityus.

Manly’s Ella Falzarano claimed the girls’ under-17s ahead of Hunter’s Nicola Macdonald and Amelia Follett.

North Sydney rider Jacob Jones took out the boys’ under-17s from Port Macquarie’s Liam Magennis and Armidale’s Sam Jenner.

■ Twin Rivers YMCA gymnast Jacobi Patrick has delivered the small Raymond Terrace club a NSW title.

Patrick claimed the overall Level 5 Intermediate crown at Homebush this month after finishing fourth on the vault, fourth on bars and third on beam. It followed her overall win at the NSW Country titles in Orange in September.

■ Knights junior Heath Gibbs has been named alongside Wendell Sailor’s son Tristan in the NSW Indigenous under-16 team to play Queensland.

Gibbs is a member of the Knights’ under-16 squad training for the 2014 Harold Matthews competition.

The NSW-Queensland game will be played during the Festival of Indigenous Rugby League in Newcastle on February 3-8.

Another feature will be a trial between the Knights and an invitational team made up of players from the NSW Koori Knockout and Queensland’s Murri carnival.

■ More than 20 junior basketball teams from Newcastle and Lake Macquarie will head to Port Macquarie this weekend for the annual Seaside Classic.

Under-11, under-13, under-15 and under-17 girls and boys matches will be played on courts at Port Macquarie Sports Stadium, St Joseph’s Regional College, St Columba Anglican School and St Paul’s High School.

The teams will represent Newcastle and Lake Macquarie clubs City Limits, Port Hunter, United, Wests and Lakers against teams from Cessnock, Central Coast, Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour, Tamworth, Byron Bay, Bellingen, Grafton, Lismore, Ryde and Springwood.

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