TAMWORTH Blues and Gunnedah won their way through to third- round Country Shield matches later this month after disposing of Armidale and Narrabri yesterday.
In Narrabri, visiting Gunnedah scored 8-230 and then dismissed the home side for 171.
Gunnedah’s lower order provided the starch to its innings, with Blake Small (20), Troy Sands (39), Izaak Merlehan (28no) and Darrin Cameron (38no) putting on 122 for the last four wickets.
They were 4-81 at one stage, with Bon Winsor (42) the only one of the top five to get past 20.
Narrabri was then looking in pretty good shape at 1-85 but the introduction of Gunnedah skipper Sam Doubleday into the attack sparked a collapse.
The home side lost 7-42 to all but end its hopes.
Doubleday finished with 5-30 and had good support from Vinnie Winsor (2-32).
Earlier, Jake Brayshaw and Chris Higgins both claimed three wickets.
In Tamworth, the Blues (effectively Tamworth’s Second XI) scored 9-277 at No 1 Oval and then rolled Armidale for 126.
Old Boys opening batsman Adam Lole continued his dominating batting form, posting his third century in succession since leaving North Tamworth Redbacks.
Lole had scored back-to-back tons for his Old Boys club in Tamworth first grade and converted that to the representative scene by smacking 118 off 141 balls at No 1 Oval yesterday.
He hit 11 fours and one six before being caught off the last ball of the innings.
Tamworth Blues had started the game by losing Harrison Kelly and Cal Rowe for ducks to Karl Triebe off the fourth and fifth balls of the first over.
However Lole had partnerships of 85 with young skipper Matt Everett (45) and 67 with fellow left-hander Nick Pearson (35) before steering the side to 277.
Young City paceman Jack McVey then wrecked the Armidale top order by claiming 3-23 from his seven overs.
Fellow opener Deklan Baker also snared 2-39 as all five Tamworth bowlers joined in the wicket-taking fun, Kelly capturing 2-40, Stuart Plant 2-19 and Cal Rowe 1-0.