KRIS Halloran might be playing wounded but that didn’t stop him from injecting some killer blows to the Bective Bulls’ premiership hopes at No 1 Oval on Saturday.
The North Tamworth allrounder, who suffered a shoulder injury playing rugby union for Barraba in the Central North first grade competition this year, has been unable to throw, let alone bowl his medium-pacers.
However he has continued to bat and used Friday night’s Tamworth Twenty20 to score some valuable runs for his Joblink Plus side.
Halloran belted 38 off just 22 balls and a respectable 5-150 in the shortened version of the game.
Joblink then routed McDonald’s for 66 to guarantee themselves a berth in the December 14 final no matter what happens in this Friday’s final-round games.
Ironically, Bective’s Adam Jones skippers Joblink Plus and the Bulls’ top order bat, who scored 52 for his side in Saturday’s day-night game against North, had to watch Halloran take his side apart again.
This time it was more emphatic, 78 off 67 balls as the Redbacks replied to Bective’s 165 with 4-166 inside 30 overs.
Halloran’s first 10 scoring shots were all fours.
He finished with 18 fours in total, the other six runs coming in singles!
It was his first three-pointer of the year and moved him up to four points on the table, seven adrift of B&F leader Josh Crowe, who polled another three points in South Tamworth’s bonus-point win over Old Boys.
Crowe belted an unbeaten 87 off just 65 balls to help his side to 2-153 in just 22 overs as it chased down Old Boys’ 152.
The allrounder, who batted in honour of his late grandfather, Jim Crowe, leads the B&F by two points from Jones, who received the two points in his side’s big loss to Norths, and Tim Kensell, who also picked up two points in his West Tamworth side’s win over City United.
Robust off-spinner Adam Penman polled the three points in that game, his first B&F points of the season.