THE Northern contingent had mixed results with their NSW teams at the Australian Over 60s Cricket Championships in Adelaide, but for Tamworth’s Bob Haling the result couldn’t have been a lot better.
Haling was at the conclusion of the championships named in the Australian Over 60s side to tour New Zealand.
About a dozen cricketers from Tamworth, Quirindi, Armidale and Narrabri played for the four divisional sides in the championships.
The Division 1 Waratahs started off well with easy wins in their first two matches.
Against Queensland on the first day they dismissed the opposition for 113 with Quirindi’s Dennis Moran taking 2-16 from his six overs.
NSW replied with 4-145 with Haling (31) and Albie Barwick (16) both making useful contributions.
The second day saw another easy win against South Australia, the Waratahs scoring 3-159 to the South Australian’s 9-132.
Moran was again among the wickets with 1-14 while Haling made 16.
Victoria on the third day proved a much tougher proposition though with the Waratahs collapsing for 95 chasing the Victorian’s 2-173.
Haling repeated his score from the previous day.
Barwick also got into double figures but was out for 20.
Playing in Division 2 the NSW Boomers managed only one win from their four matches going down narrowly to the Tassie Devils and ACT, and comprehensively to Victoria Country before an easy win against Gold Coast on the final day.
Chasing 103 they got the runs two wickets down in the 15th over of their 40 over match.
Armidale’s Graeme Andrews 38 retired, Tamworth’s Mike Cashman 35 retired and 34, and Quirindi’s John Southam 35 retired all achieved high scores during the week.
Tamworth’s Col Barton topped the Northern wicket-takers with three.
The NSW Blues also in Division 2 fared better finishing with two wins and two losses.
They defeated Gold Coast and Tassie Devils, but went down to South Australia and Victoria.
Narrabri’s Mike Morgan had a good carnival. He hit a top-score 29 and was among the Blues top-scorers and was also their top wicket-taker.
Armidale’s Phil Allen also made runs over the week with his best being 35 retired.
The Kookaburras in Division 3 won one of their four matches.
Next year’s championships will be the eighth and are scheduled to be played on the Sunshine Coast in September.