Gunnedah and Glen Innes out to stop a Tamworth cup double

TAMWORTH is aiming to repeat another War Veterans Cup/MA Connolly Cup double tomorrow but Gunnedah and Glen Innes have other ideas.

They’re both headed to Tamworth intent on taking home the silverware – Gunnedah the War Veterans Cup and Glen Innes the Connolly Cup.

It will be tough though, with Tamworth finishing on top in both competitions.

They’ve virtually had a mortage on the War Vets Cup in recent years but will be facing a Gunnedah side that beat them their last encounter.

“It’s a big game for us,”  Tamworth batsman Simon Norvill said.

“We want to continue our good form in the War Veterans Cup.”

Winning the War Vets takes on more importance after a sub-par season by their standards.

“It’s the last competition we’re in,” Norvill said.

“We haven’t won anything yet so it’ll be good to get a win up and go down to Scone next week.”

For Glen it will be their first appearance in the Connolly Cup final and they concede they are probably underdogs. 

“Obviously they’re a very good side,” captain Ben Lonergan said.

“But we’ve got some good players in our side,” he said.

“If our top order fires and our new ball takes a few wickets we’ll be in good shape.”

Last time they met Tamworth they struck early and it went a long way to keeping them to under 200.

“We’ve got some good new ball bowlers in Jake Baker and Tom McCarney,” Lonergan said.

“I’m confident we’ll take some early wickets. 

“We’ve just got to build from there.

“A lot of times this season we’ve taken early wickets then let them back into it.”

It has already been a good week for Tamworth Colts captain Matt Everett.

The 17-year-old keeper-batsman was named in the CHS team on Thursday and is likely to be named in a NSW Schoolboys touring team to go to the UK over the weekend.

To captain Tamworth to victory would cap the week nicely.

“It would be great if we could get up,” Everett said.

“It’s been really good so far.

“To win it first year as captain would be really good.

“We’ve just got to get the job done now.”

Naturally the Colts side is representative of the young talent available in Tamworth.

But even in a young side Everett is still the baby, despite being handed the captain’s role this summer.

“It’s been really good and they’ve supported me really well,” he said.

“I’m the youngest in the side and captain but everyone has supported me and helped me out.”

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