Adam McGuirk notches 208 runs from three digs at Central North Invitational Carnival

Scoring 208 runs from three matches including a brilliant knock of 122 would have most people unable to contain their excitement.

Adam McGuirk doesn’t fall into that category. Well, at the very least, he doesn’t let his emotions run wild.

The humble top order batsman’s self-assessment of his performance at the Central North Invitational Carnival over the long weekend was simple: “I went alright”.

Dig a little deeper and you can tell he was chuffed with his day one century but felt he should have went on with the job on the final two days as he made scores of 44 and 42.

“This [century] was at a higher level so it felt a bit better,” McGuirk said of his third ton of his career.

“I wanted to go back to back. I was feeling good on the second day, a bit sore and stiff but good. My mind went blank and I nicked one that went straight up.

“I probably should have went on a bit, especially against Scots. If I scored another 30 or 40, we could have won that game.”

Northern Inland under 16s coach Andy Craig’s thoughts on McGuirk’s performance were a lot more glowing than McGuirk’s own.

Craig said McGuirk has the talent to keep progressing through the ranks.

“Adam was definitely a standout for the carnival,” Craig said.

“He just needs to finish those scores. He’s proven he can get a start and proven he can go big. He just needs to continue to do it.

“All the signs show he’s heading in the right direction. It’s up to him really to keep improving himself and we're definitely going to see him at the next level, I reckon.

McGuirk was joined by fellow Gunnedah cricketer Zac Clarke in the under 16s side which won one game from three matches while another Gunnedah player in Carter McIlveen was in the under 13s side that picked up two wins.

Claire McGuirk and Zoe Fleming are meanwhile in Raymond Terrace this week playing for Central North at the Women’s Country Championships.

Fleming is in the under 18s side and McGuirk the under 15s.

It is McGuirk’s first time representing Central North.

The 13-year old bowls medium pace, is expecting to bat around five or six and is also a handy indoor cricketer. McGuirk has played for the NSW Cyclones at the Australian Junior Indoor Cricket Championships over the last couple of years.

One of the preeminent young female cricketers in the region, Fleming was recently selected in the National Indigenous Squad and will be a key figure for the 18s side when they hit the crease on Thursday and Friday.


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