TAMWORTH seeks a little revenge when it plays Manning in today’s Tamworth Under 14 Cricket Carnival Final at Dick Edwards Oval.
Manning had a comfortable win over Tamworth on the first day of the carnival and stormed into the final with a five wicket win over Nambucca Bellingen at Riverside 2 yesterday.
Tamworth disappointed on that first day but has lifted since to win three successive games and secure a berth against Manning today.
Yesterday it scored 7-145 against Hastings and then dismissed the coastal side for 110.
Tom Fitzgerald was the Tamworth batting hero, reaching an unbeaten 50 before his mandatory retirement.
He held the top order together while the addition of Narrabri’s Ryan Meppem, who batted at seven, was also a boost.
Meppem, the Central North Under 14 Kookaburra Cup captain next week, made an unbeaten 26 against a Hastings attack led by Jacob Searle, who claimed 4-10.
Mitchell Dickson (24)and Jack Steinmetz (19) topscored for Hastings but Tamworth finished strongly on the back of some good fast bowling by Will Anderson (3-17) and three run outs.
Tamworth manager Peter Graham praised all the side.
“It was a great effort from all of them,” Graham said.
“We had a good start from young Tom.
“He batted well and set it up with his 50.
“Then Will bowled so well again.
“He had a disappointing day on Monday but since then he’s been fantastic.”
Hastings will play Nambucca Bellingen in the playoff for third at Riverside 2 today.
Legspinner David Wilkie, who took 2-10 against Tamworth, will be an attacking weapon for the Steve Dobbyns-coached side.
Nambucca Bellingen’s five wicket loss to Manning at Riverside 2 yesterday had some merit to it after the side had crashed to 8-71.
Number eight, nine and 10 batsmen – Cooper Nugent, Austyn Nugent and Alec Dewar – all produced fine batting efforts to give the side a competitive total.
Cooper Nugent made 22 before Austyn (31) and Dewar (17) put on 57 for the ninth wicket.
Ben Reynolds (3-16), Jacob Black (2-18) and Jordi Gilfillan (2-13) were all outstanding for Manning.
Will Avery (21), Reid Brown (21) and Reynolds (13) all batted well but it was Gilfillan’s unbeaten 42 that highlighted.
Jesse Vincent Ellis (3-14) was best of the Nambucca Bellingen bowlers while Dewar and Austyn Nugent also picked up wickets.
Quirindi and Coffs Harbour match up in the playoff for fifth at Max Sutton Oval after Coffs beat West Pennant Hills Cherrybrook at the same ground yesterday and Quirindi had a seven wicket win over Lismore at Riverside 5.
Quirindi rolled Lismore for 119 despite Will Parsons’ good 50.
Ben Douglas was outstanding, claiming 4-15 off his 7.3 overs while Hayden Taylor (2-10) hit the mark again and Trent Lumby also captured 2-26.
Lumby (30) then made it a good double when he and Nick Willoughby (25) gave the side a good start while Ben Douglas completed a marvellous day with an unbeaten 6. He hit seven fours as Quirindi finished 3-120.
Lismore plays West Pennant Hills Cherrybrook at Riverside 5 after WPHC let Coffs get away from them in the final 20 overs yesterday.
Coffs was 4-28 and 5-50 early but finished 8-198 after John Critten (50 ret) inspired a late batting rush.
He and Ethan Atkinson (18) added 45 for the eighth wicket while Connor Martin (19no) also hit out.
Earlier, Brad Gordon (28), Ty Adams and Charlie Towells (15) had also impressed.
Tom Gardiner (2-30), Isaac Bingham (2-11) and Patrick Phillips (2-10) were the pick of the WPHC bowlers before Phillips posted a good 38 in his side’s 108.
Keedon Corliss (2-11) and Ty Adams (2-1) had the best Coffs bowling figures.