Sportstar: Match winning effort

IT'S a game that Wingham cricketer Hudson Bird won't forget in a long time.

The 12-year-old played a leading role in Wingham's win over Old Bar in the Manning Junior Cricket under 12 grand final at Taree Recreation Centre.

Wingham batted first and made a healthy total of 188. Hudson, batting at three, top scored with 50 retired - batsmen have to retire at the half century mark in this age division.

He then tore through the Old Bar batting with his pace bowling to finish with the figures of 5/6 from four overs. Old Bar eventually made 98.

Hudson is the Manning River Times-Iguana Sportstar of the Week, earning a $50 open order from Iguana. He was nominated by Wingham Junior Cricket Club.

Hudson enjoyed a fruitful summer with the bat and ball. He scored 247 runs at a healthy average of 91.33 with a highest score of 53 not out. He was the second highest run scorer in the competition behind team-mate Haydon Essery. Hudson also took 12 wickets at 15.33.

The premiership was his second with Wingham following a win in the under 10s. Hudson also represented Manning under 12s where he top scored with 69 - there's no retirement limit in representative cricket.

Hudson's started playing cricket about five years ago. A mate took up the game and that influenced him to give it a go.

He'll move into under 14s next year where there's no retirement limit and he's looking forward to trying to post a big score.

Hudson regards himself primarily as a batsmen 'who can bowl a bit.'

Away from cricket Hudson also plays touch and has taken up boxing.

He thanked his team coach, John Delaney, for his assistance and guidance throughout the season.

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