TAMWORTH Blues skipper Matt Everett is hoping Harrison Kelly and Adam Lole can do to Armidale tomorrow what they did to Gwydir last week.
They set Tamworth up for a big total with a 100-run opening stand.
Everett missed the game after being called up to the Northern Inland side but returns for tomorrow’s Country Shield clash.
Last year Tamworth was knocked out by Gunnedah in the opening round.
Everett was part of that side and is hoping they can go further this time round.
“It should be a good game,” he said.
Armidale will be a bit understrength but still a tough challenge, especially with Karl Triebe leading the attack.
He’ll be their strike bowler.
Everett saw a bit of him with Northern Inland last Sunday.
“He bowled well,” he said.
“He bowled his 10 straight, hit good spots all the time and bowled quick.”
The opening battle should be good – Triebe up against Lole and Kelly.
Both are in good form with the bat.
“Lole’s coming off two tons and Harrison’s coming off a ton,” Everett said.
He’s hoping they can carry that on.
“If one could go on and get a ton that would be awesome,” he said.
If not, there’s a few other guys capable of getting a big score like himself, his Bective team-mate Nick Pearson, who has come into the side, Ryan Hansen and Cal Rowe.
“Cal’s 40-odd not out (for Bective) and made 30 in the Northern Inland game,” Everett said.
He had been “looking great in the nets” but hadn’t been able to translate that into runs on the board.
Stuart Plant is also going great at the moment.
After taking seven wickets against Gunnedah two weeks ago, he claimed another three for Northern Inland on Sunday and, with Kelly, will give Everett two very handy spinning options.
He’ll be looking to get 20 overs out of them.
“Both are quality bowlers,” he said.
He said he couldn’t have asked for a much better-balanced team, with impressive City paceman Jack McVey to spearhead the attack.
McVey is bowling well at the moment.
“He’s bowling quick,” Everett said.
“He got pretty good rhythm bowling in the Twenty20 (last week).”