Mixed day for Tamworth youngsters

TAMWORTH junior cricket teams had good days and bad at various carnivals across the state yesterday.

In Armidale, the Dave Robinson-coached Under 15s had a nine wicket win over Ballina in their second-round Walter Taylor Shield win.

In Tamworth, the Simon Hood-coached Under 14s had a 54-run win over Lismore in their Tamworth Under 14 Carnival game at Dick Edwards Oval while the Under 16s beat Manning in Tuncurry in their Stan Austin Shield match.

However the Tamworth Under 12 and 13 sides lost.

At Ballina, the Chris Paterson-coached Tamworth Under 13s went down to Canterbury West by five wickets.

“We lost in a good game,” Paterson said.

“We batted first and  made 4-163 which was a pretty good effort after being  2-0 in the first over.”

Toby Whale (40 ret) batted well again as did Narrabri guest Coby Cornish (41ret), AJ Pretorius (31), Tyson Rennie (22) and Jack Diebold (20no).

“It was a good effort against some tight bowling,” Paterson said.

“They got them (5-164) with five overs to spare.”

Egan Dunn, Jye Paterson and Jack Diebold all picked up a wicket each.

In Lismore, the Tamworth Under 12s had a 106-run loss to Newcastle. 

Newcastle made 164 in 45 overs against a Tamworth attack where James Austin (2-21), Conrad George (2-20), Brody Blackett-Greg (2-22) and Jo Doherty (2-31) all had success with the ball.

However, Tamworth fell for 58 with Logan Barnes (16) and George (13) the only players to reach double figures.

“They were a pretty handy side,” coach James Smith said.

His team plays two 25 over-a-side games against Manly and Mid North Coast today.

Tamworth won the toss and sent Ballina in in their Walter Taylor Shield game in Armidale.

At one stage, Ballina was 4-2 before falling for 69.

Keytan Hislop was the bowling star for Tamworth, claiming three wickets, while opening partner Bill Buster also captured two.

Matt Hughes (32no) and skipper Jack Richards (21) opened the batting and had a half century opening stand as Tamworth reached its target one wicket down.

“It was a great win for us,” Robinson said.

“We’ve got a huge game against Penrith tomorrow (today). 

“If we can win that we’re through to Thursday’s final.”

The Tamworth 14s rebounded from a first-day loss to beat Lismore by 54 runs.

Lachlan Fauchon (34no) was the topscorer for Tamworth, needing a runner after suffering a calf strain. 

Tom Fitzgerald (15) and Daniel Redshaw (12) also chipped in for Tamworth to make 138 against an attack where Jordan Williams (16) and Flynn Northfield (3-16) both starred.

Tamworth then bowled and fielded well, Hood said.

“We dropped a couple of catches but took some good ones too,” he said.

“We never dropped our heads though and stuck to the task well.”

Kaleb Auld (21) and Bede Mackender (20) topscored for Lismore against an attack spearheaded by Will Anderson.

Anderson was outstanding and claimed 4-19 while Tom Maloney grabbed 3-10. 

Rhiannon Graham and Matt Bryant also nipped in with a wicket apiece.

At Riverside 2, Nambucca Bellingen beat Quirindi after skipper Jamie Bekis (68) and Brad Ahearn (53no) had topscored in its 212.

Bekis hit six fours and a six before retiring and then came back later on to belt three more fours.

Alec Dewar also hit out with 20 and Lawson Tinmouth made 13 against an attack led by Ben Douglas. 

The young Quirindi allrounder took 4-23 off his 7.5 overs while Daniel Rea took 2-6.

In the other two games Manning beat West Pennant Hills Cherrybrook and Hastings had another good win, with leg spinner Dave Wilkie capturing 6-23 off his 10 overs.

It gave him 10 wickets for the carnival after picking up a four wicket haul on the first day.

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