NORTHERN Inland scored 20 runs off the final two overs to snatch a thrilling tie in yesterday’s Baxter Trophy trial match against Hunter Valley in Scone.
Chasing HV’s 6-235, Northern Inland ran a bye off the last ball to finish 9-235 and grab an unlikely tie.
The match was an official trial for the Central North Zone Under 17 side, said CNZ chairman Terry Psarakis.
“It was a great game of cricket, and an unreal finish,” Psarakis said.
“Both sides batted pretty well, 235 is a goo score on what was a trying day with a huge wind blowing down the ground.”
He said HV skipper Brandon Smith batted very well for his 72 (72 balls).
“Jaymes Thomas (43) and Chris Duffie (32no) were also in good touch.
“Toby Fox (1-23 off 10) bowled well and Matt Dunn (1-47 off 10) too.”
Matt Hughes (32) and Ryan Hansen (78no) gave NI a good start, registering a 80-run opening stand before Hughes was run out.
Selectors then retired Hansen when he was 73 just before the drinks break, but NI then lost three quick wickets after the break to set the run chase back.
Mitch Lennon (19) and Jake Brayshaw (13no) made important contributions while Hansen returned to the crease to finish unbeaten on 78 and, with Brayshaw, find 20 runs in the final two overs to tie up the game.
Psarakis said the CNZ under 17 side would appear on the Zone website tomorrow and heads to Raymond Terrace on October 25/26/27 for the Country Championships.
From there, the Country side will be selected to play a City side at Bowral on the following Monday and Tuesday.
A state under 17 side will then be named.
“So it’s a big chance for our boys to win a state berth by playing well at Raymond Terrace,” he said.
o Meanwhile club cricket across the region started in earnest on the
In Gunnedah reigning champions Kookaburras chased down Mornington’s 141 to notch 5-143 and a five wicket win while the side they beat in last year’s grand final, Albion, posted 4-196 and then restricted Court House to 8-187 and a tense nine run win.
In Armidale, the grand finalists both had wins. Hillgrove Colts scoring a 131-run win over Easts thanks to a century from Michael Dawson and Armidale City beat Ex-Services by 32 runs.
In Narrabri, defending Twenty20 champions Golf Club picked up where they left off last season beating the MAC by 77-runs in the Friday night Twenty20 fixture.
Tatts then turned the tables on RSL in their grand final rematch on Saturday night with an unbeaten 99 from new recruit Caleb Risson underpinning their 4-190 total, which proved out of reach for RSL.
South Tamworth also exacted some revenge on North Tamworth in their Tamworth first grade replay at No 1 Oval.
In the other two Tamworth matches City United beat West Tamworth and Old Boys had a 41-run win over the Bective-East.