NORTH Tamworth and Bective-East Bulls the first editions of the Tamworth District Cricket Association’s Big Bash at Riverside’s Dick Edwards Oval yesterday.
Bective Bulls celebrated a win in the Second Division while North Tamworth Redbacks won the First Division Final with an easy five wicket win over City United.
Batting first, City United made 5-54, with skipper Harrison Kelly (26) topscoring as Mitch Holt (2-6), Hamish Batley (1-7) and skipper Michael Rixon (1-5) restricted the young City United side to just over the half century.
North had 2.1 overs to spare when Michael Rixon (27no) and Kris Halloran (25no) produced a 40-run stand to reach 1-56.
Tait Jordan (1-11) was the only wicket-taker when he had Holt well caught in the deep by impressive young spinner Lachlan Cooke for three.
Holt was one of North’s stars over the weekend, Rixon said.
“We took a punt and opened with Mitch and he scored runs and took wickets,” Rixon said.
“Keytan Hislop bowled well in the final over and Bred Redshaw was good too.”
He said North was “consistent” all weekend.
“It was a good start to the season for us.
“It was good to get the cobwebs out.
“We were consistent.
“The boys bowled well in just about every game and we scored runs in every game bar one.
The seven-over-a-side Big Bash was “hit and miss”, he said.
“It was good weekend – not real serious.
“It’s a good concept and can only get bigger.”
City United skipper Harrison Kelly thought his young side played well throughout the weekend.
“I thought we did well to get there,” he said of making the final.
“I thought we played all right but a pity we played like that in the final.
“All the boys worked hard to get there.”
City finished about 20 runs short of what would have been a defendable total against a North side full of its first grade stars.
“We were missing at least five of our first graders too,” Kelly said.
“But North outplayed us, bowled well and then batted better.
“They had some quality players in their side too.”
He liked the seven-over-a-side “hit and giggle” format.
James Psarakis’s South Tamworth side might have lost every game but the Country Under 19 star, suffering from a bout of influenza, won the first division sixes award.
He hit three during the weekend to win a bat.