New City youngster Liam Fitzsimmons stars at club and representative level

NEW City youngster Liam Fitzsimmons has underlined his talent with a man-of-the-match performance for the North East Knights.

Fitzsimmons, who made a half century for the Phoenix against Albury at Billson Park on Saturday, backed it up with the bat and ball against Northern Rivers at Benalla on Sunday.

Only hours after blunting Albury’s fearsome pace attack of Chris Sole and David Tassell, the all-rounder topscored with 32 not out and grabbed 3-14 in the under-16 match.

The North East Knights lost the clash by 24 runs despite good showings from Fitzsimmons, Oliver Willett (24), Harry Weaven (3-31) and Lachie Paton (2-17).

Northern Rivers retained the annual Lightfoot-Sherwill Shield with a 3-2 victory.

Michael Grohmann made 65 in the Knights’ loss in the under 14 boys while Taylah Hardisty batted well in making 35 in the under 16 girls defeat.

The Knights reversed the tables in the under 18 boys.

William Creed picked up man of the match honours with 67 not out while Fraser Ellis and Liam Hocking made 28 each.

Spinner Avery Weilandt bowled well to grab 2-30.

In the under-18 girls, Mary Sandral topscored with 32 not out in the Knights’ narrow victory over Northern Rivers.

The shield honours long-serving cricket administrators, Bert Lightfoot and Keith Sherwill.

North East regional manager Rhys Miller said the shield was a good lead-up for a big representative campaign.

“There is a lot of cricket coming up,” Miller said.

“The shield is always a really good lead in.”

Northern Rivers have been victorious for the past three seasons.