OLD Boys continued their impressive start to 2013 by cruising to a five wicket win over Bective East in their Tamworth first grade Twenty20 match at Chaffey Park on Saturday as top sides North and South Tamworth both defended small totals to win.
North scored 126 and restricted West to 6-118 while South was even better, recovering from 7-25 to make 9-93 and then restrict City United to 7-82.
The first game of a first grade triple header at Chaffey Park was another success for Old Boys, dismissing Bective-East for just 116 and then replying with 5-118 in 18.5 overs.
It enabled them to leapfrog West into fourth spot on the first grade ladder after West failed by nine runs to run down competition leader North Tamworth’s 127 and then South remained second with a win over City United.
Kyle Wells starred for the Redbacks, topscoring with a run-a-ball 31 for North.
Hamish Batley (23), skipper Michael Rixon (17), Adam Lole (10), Leo Steyn (14), Joey Holt (10) and wicketkeeper Jack Cameron (10) all chipped in against an attack spearheaded by some good bowling from Deklan Baker (2-22), Dan Cunningham (1-30), Harrison Kelly (1-16) and Adam Penman (2-22).
Cunningham also topscored with the bat, plundering 37 before he was run out as West finished with 118.
“We were pretty lucky to win that,” North skipper Michael Rixon said.
“We must have missed at least 12 run outs.
“Kyle did bat well, kept chipping it around. His 31 was probably the difference. Hamish’s 23 was pretty good on that deck too.
“But we managed to take a few wickets here and there and that got us home.”
South was in all sorts of trouble at 7-25 before skipper Tom Groth (22)linked with Richard Rowlings (16) to post a vital 34-run stand and then pacemen Jake Everett (13no) and Jamie Hammond (14no) put on 32 in an unbroken 10th wicket stand to reach 9-93.
Aaron Dennis (3-11), Ben Semmler (3-16) and Jack McVey (1-14) had caused most of the riot.
Jamie Hammond (1-15), Riley Ayre (2-10), James Psarakis (1-18), Richard Rowlins (2-15) and Jake Everett (0-15) then struck back to restrict City United,
Scott de Weymarn (25) was run out in his 47-ball stay while Jade Thompson (22) and skipper Daniel Whale (17) tried to sneak a win but ran out of deliveries.
Earlier, Bective-East started well against Old Boys, with openers Nick Pearson (14) and Paul Lawrence (17) and number three bat Adam Jones (37 off 27) all producing.
The dismissal of in-form allrounder Jones at 3-88, caught by Gavin Chesterfield off Ben Middlebrook (2-26) was the start of a collapse by the Bulls.
Only James Haling (15) reached double figures as man of the match Aaron Hazlewood (4-15) cleaned up the tail.
Old Boys were always on track despite the early loss of Simon Norvill (2) and Dave Heyman (4).
Chaise Crough (31) and Aaron Hazlewood (51 off 35) put on 53 for the third wicket.
Crough hit four fours in his stay while Hazlewood blasted two big sixes and four fours in his half century.
ONE DAY TABLE: North 46, Bective 32, South 28, Old Boys 26, West 13 City 12. OVERALL: North 78.43, South 66.49, Bective 53.65, Old Boys 44.22, West 41.77, City 31.73.