Halpin’s Plumbing took third place in the Tamworth T20 competition last night with a resounding, seven-wicket win over McDonald’s in the curtainraiser to the final.
Maccas failed to bat out its 20 overs and only managed 88 as Josh Crowe, Joey Holt and Bryce Natty cleaned up with the pink ball.
Harrison Kelly opened the batting and hung around longer than most but departed for 28 with the score on 62.
The last five wickets went for only 26, with Brendan Fox (11) and Kyle Wells (10) the only other batsmen to reach double figures.
Crowe took 3-24 from his four overs but Holt trumped that with 3-5 from three overs, including a rare wicket maiden.
Natty then came on and took 2-7 from just five balls to complete the innings.
Deklan Baker (1-24) and Guy Watts (1-12) took the other wickets.
The other man in the field who had a good day was 17-year-old keeper Matt Everett who took two catches and performed three stumpings.
Needing less than four and a half an over to win, Halpin’s just needed to conserve wickets and bat sensibly to win the game.
But Dan Cunningham took the opposite approach and was caught first ball.
Everett made 12 and Crowe hit a quick 28 off 20 balls but captain Tim Kensell was the mainstay of the run chase.
He did it in ones and twos until unleashing on opposite skipper Ben Middlebrook with a four and a six to win the game in the 16th over.
New Zealander Sam McHugh took 1-16 from three overs for Maccas but it was the Englishman Chris Bosshardt who was the pick of the bowlers with 1-16 from four in an otherwise badly beaten side.