Thomas Cover and Lachlan Williams after their 158 run unbeaten opening partnership.

Cricket was the winner at the inaugural Under 13 youth cricket championship held in Maitland this week.

After an off-season shake up of the Cricket NSW pathways program, Newcastle entered the carnival with two sides, Lake Mac Attack and Newcastle.

Lake Mac Attack finished the 3 day carnival on top of their division losing only one match of their five played.

A performance of note was Lachlan Williams’ 82 not out in a 158 run opening stand with Thomas Cover who finished with 52 not out. Batting second after Central Coast posted a total of 156 Williams and Cover chased down the runs with aplomb.

Williams stroke play was a highlight of his innings caressing boundaries to all parts of the ground.

Cooper Dean starred with the ball against Central Coast

Cooper Dean was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 4 for 12 from his 4.3 overs.

Another highlight from the carnival was the innings of Kel Wilson on day 2, scoring 49 from 35 balls with 6 fours and 2 sixes, one of which was a sight to be seen sailing deep over long on.

The Newcastle side also tasted success with 3 wins from 5 matches.

The star for the Newcastle side was Austen Hiskins who scored 223 runs at an average of 55.75 over the 3 days. His carnival was highlighted by a beautiful 94 from just 68 balls against the Hunter Valley today.

The competition doesn’t stop here for the two sides with the local derby to take place on October 27 in Newcastle and the last round on Sunday the 3rd November.