North West boys lift after disappointing first day

DAY two of the PSSA Boys Cricket Carnival in Armidale allowed North West to put a heavy first-day loss behind it with a more positive performance against South Coast.

The two sides met at the Armidale Sportsground and South Coast took to the crease first.

After it also went down on day one, to Polding by three wickets, South Coast bettered its batting effort with a good 6-199.

Brandon Redman led the batting effort for South Coast with 54 after he and opening partner Dylan McGuiness put on 36 for the first wicket.

Dan Hall also made a good contribution with 29 and Johnno Keys backed up his handy knock from day one with another 29 not out.

Alex Roseby from Quirindi Public was the pick of the bowlers for North West with 2-12 from eight overs.

After falling for just 38 on day one chasing a big total against CIS, North West was vastly better with the bat in the run chase.

Tamworth Public’s Jack Diebold was the main reason for the improvement, with an undefeated 54 from number four.

“He batted really well,” North West manager Toby Morgan said.

“He just ran out of partners.”

AJ Pretorius, also from Tamworth Public, was the next best North West bat with 27.

But South Coast skipper Kyle Jarrett kept the pressure on with four wickets and North West was eventually dismissed for 130.

Tane Nunn also chipped in with 1-9.

“We bowled and fielded really well,” South Coast manager Scott King said.

“There was a partnership in the middle where we couldn’t get any wickets but we made a couple of bowling changes and got some wickets.

“When the boys were tired at the end they stood up and finished the job well.”

The result leaves North West without a win on home soil after two days, but the improved performance was enough to give the youngsters a boost.

“It was good to get a few wickets and some runs,” Morgan said.

“It made it more enjoyable for them all.”

The carnival concludes tomorrow.

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