Kiwis finish tour with a flourish

CANTERBURY Districts Kiwis completed their 2013 Australian tour with a 28-run win over a Cessnock T20 Invitational XI in Cessnock on Wednesday evening.

Batting first, the Kiwis made 9-151 from their 20 overs before dismissing the home side for 123 in the 19th over.

“It was a good way to finish,”  Kiwi manager Barry Townrow said.

“A very good and enjoyable game.”

Highlight for the Kiwis was the 16-ball 38 by tall paceman Ben Rayner.

The quietly-spoken fast bowler was promoted from his number 11 batting position to number five for the T20 and starred, hammering two sixes and four fours in his 38.

Skipper James Tapper (15) was one of the top six who all made double figures.

Michael Grafton (18), James Richards (17), Nathan Wingham (13) and wicketkeeper Scott Duggan (12) also reached double figures with Rayner.

Brad Gordon remained unbeaten on 12.

Wingham then spearheaded the Kiwi bowling attack, claiming 4-21 while Henry Winchester (2-13), left-arm spinner Jeremy Benton (2-19) and Nic Cumming (1-19) also grabbed wickets.

Yesterday the Kiwis were heading to Sydney and then flying out for their homeland today.

After winning their first three games, the tourists lost to Dungog and Tamworth (2) before winning in Gunnedah, losing a weather-affected one- day game against the Emus but then beating the Emus in another rain-marred two-day match in Armidale before the Cessnock farewell.

Meanwhile, Tamworth District Cricket Association reverts to Twenty20 mode tomorrow to fit in with the Country Music Festival.

A number of fields out of action because of the Festival and its many campers.

First grade is based at Chaffey Park tomorrow with Bective-East and Old Boys starting proceedings at 8.30am.

The second T20 game, between West and North, is timed for an 11.30am start while the final game, between City and South, goes off at 2.30pm.

Second grade is based at TRECC with the same starting times while third grade is at Riverside’s 7, 8 and 9 and beginning at 1pm.

Rules for the TDCA T20 round are the same as rules for the McDonald’s Twenty20 held in November except bowlers’ run-ups are unlimited in length.

Free hits for a front-foot no-ball apply in all grades, with fielding restrictions applying for the first six overs in first and second grade.

ONE DAY TABLE: North 46, Bective 32, South 28, Old Boys 26, West 13, City 12.

 OVERALL: North 72.43, South 60.49, Bective 53.65, West 41.77, Old Boys 38.22, City 31.73. 

CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS: South 568.10, North 550.27, City 529.50, West 510.54, Old Boys 454.93, Bective 440.96.

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