SOUTH Tamworth made it two from two to start the season but not without a few hairy moments at Dick Edwards Oval on Saturday.
After having City United in early trouble and restricting it to 9-132 Souths found themselves in a similar predicament, slumping to 4-33 early in their run chase.
But Nick Leyden produced a captain’s knock to carry them to victory – well almost.
He was out two runs shy of his half-century and with Souths with five still to get.
It made for a few nervous moments with Souths only having two wickets in hand but Angus McNeill came in and polished off the runs.
He drove for four to get them level and then paddled a single the next ball for the win.
“It was nice to win,” Leyden said.
Especially on the back of their win over defending champions North Tamworth last week.
The quicks did the job early with McNeill (1-29), Col Smyth (3-16) and Jamie Hammond (1-21) combining to have City in trouble at 5-32.
Daniel Whale and Daniel Lawrence (25) put up some resistance putting on 35 for the sixth wicket.
Whale and Terry Kampe (29) then added 59 for the seventh to get City into triple figures.
“Whaley showed some ticker for them in the middle,” Leyden said.
He batted through to the end finishing unbeaten on 28.
Leyden would have liked to have bowled City out but thought they bowled well.
“We restricted them right the way through,” he said.
After the quicks Chris Skilton “did a great job at the end off a short run”.
“He was pretty difficult to get away,” Leyden said.
Jake Brayshaw was also good.
He got both Lawrence and Kampe and finished with 2-37.
Jack McVey then bowled brilliantly with the new ball. The Souths batsmen really struggled to play him.
“That’s the first time I’ve seen him,” Leyden said.
“I couldn’t get him off the square.”
McVey got the early breakthrough City needed bowling Troy Osborne in the third over.
Harrison Kelly then picked up Josh Crowe and two balls later James Psarakis, and when McVey trapped Jake Everett in front the next over Souths were on the rack.
But Leyden stepped up and steered them out of trouble.
He had a bit of help along the way with Skilton making a quick 15 and Hammond chipping in with a valuable 22.
Leyden was also impressed with Brayshaw, particularly the way he played McVey’s last over.
“Jake was great. He showed a lot of ticker,” he said.
City captain-coach Kelly said they didn’t bat very well.
“We lost wickets in clumps early,” Kelly said.
Still from the position they were in 132 was a reasonable effort.
It gave them something to bowl at.
“We were on top there pretty early, but they had a good partnership,” he said.
“Nick Leyden had a brilliant innings. He played very smart and got them home.”
Kelly finished with 3-40 while McVey returned 2-14 from his eight.
Richie O’Halloran also chimed in with 2-35.