BEN Whitbread from Forster-Tuncurry spurred Mid North Coast to victory over North Coast in the Stan Austin Shield under 16 cricket final played at the Johnny Martin Oval in Taree on Thursday.
Whitbread took 6/21 as Mid North Coast successfully defended the total of 202. He was named player of the match.
The game was played in sweltering conditions. Mid North Coast batted first and made 202 with M Clarke top scoring with 59.
North Coast made 163 in reply.
Six sides contested the annual carnival.