INVERELL struck a double Connolly Cup and Country Plate blow on the back of a magnificent seven wicket haul by young pace bowler John Krauss at the weekend.
Playing Glen Innes the Jeremy Baxter-captained Inverell side rolled Glen for 80 and then hammered the winning target in 12 overs, reaching 2-84 on the back of some strong hitting by Tom Lavender (44).
However, it was Krauss who spearheaded the win, claiming a brilliant 7-7 from 10 overs, four of which were maidens.
“John bowled very well,” Baxter said Monday night.
“He bowled straight, hit the stumps.”
Four of Krauss’ victims were bowled and another two leg before to back up Baxter’s assessment.
“It was a great win for us because it also doubled as a Country Plate game,” Baxter said of the MA Connolly Cup match.
Moree was to have played Pilliga in another Country Plate game but that became a forfeit due to Pilliga’s non-affiliation.
Walcha was to have played Upper Hunter in Scone and Muswellbrook was to have played Dungog in Muswellbrook but no scores were available from those games.
For Inverell it earned a berth in a round two Country Plate match, probably against Moree, on November 3.
While Krauss was decimating the Glen Innes batting there was plenty of support from his teammates.
Michael Leitinger opened the bowling with Matt Reynolds and they kept it tight early.
Leitinger took the first wicket to fall in the third over of the innings.
“They were 1-0 after four overs,” Baxter said.
“We bowled tight early. Richard Wilson came on later and took two wickets too with his leg spin.”
Wilson claimed 2-19, Leitinger 1-13 and Matt Reynolds 0-7 from his four overs.
Brendon Campbell (14) and Tom Lavender (44) put on an opening stand of 46 before Campbell was out, leg before, to Glen Innes skipper Shaun Mepham (1-26) while Lavender was caught hitting out and going for a quick half century.
“He was a bit unfortunate on both days. He should have been not out for Staggy Creek on Saturday as well.
“But it was a great start for us.”
Northern Inland Cricket Council representative cricket continues this weekend with War Veterans Cup matches in Gunnedah and Armidale.
The James Mack-skippered Gunnedah side hosts Tamworth at Wolseley Park while Narrabri go to Armidale to play a Matt Schaefer-captained Armidale side at the Sportsground.
Junior representative cricket also starts with Northern Inland Crciket Council Junior games in Narrabri, Tamworth and Armidale as well as Hunter Valley Junior Cricket Council games in Tamworth, Cessnock and Dungog.