INVERELL won a see-sawing Country Plate clash against Moree at Moree on Sunday to book a place in the third round.
The visitors had a couple of stumbles but got home in the end by two wickets.
After routing Glen Innes for 80 in the first round, it looked like Inverell might be again chasing a small total when it had Moree 7-69.
The home side was 1-0 but recovered through Ben Day (15) and Phillip Brown (30) to be in pretty good shape at 1-47.
From there though, it lost 6-22 and looked in danger of not even making 100.
But Ben Legg (48) and Dan Lockrey (26) dug in and, largely on the back of their efforts, Moree ended up making a competitive 170.
Shaun Rynne led the bowling charge, claiming 4-23, and was in the thick of Moree’s middle order collapse.
Skipper Jeremy Baxter sparked it, bowling Day.
He finished with 2-17 while new ball partner Darren Pithers chimed in with 2-39.
Baxter was a bit disappointed with the the fielding effort though.
“We didn’t bowl or field to the potential we should have,” he said.
That looked like coming back to bite them when Brendon Campbell was dismissed first ball and they were “three for not many”.
“Dave Mudaliar and Scott Leonard got a bit of a partnership to get us back in it,” Baxter said.
Baxter and Mitch Porter then saw them to lunch.
Porter fell not long after the resumption to set them back again but Baxter and Rynne joined forces and, from about 5-80, took them to within 10 of victory.
Rynne (54) was the one to go, becoming Beau McMahon’s fifth victim.
Richard Wilson followed quickly after but Pithers (2no) joined Baxter (34no) and they reeled off the remaining runs.
“A few little partnerships got us back in the game,” Baxter said.
Pithers is one of a couple of players back playing rep this year and was great for them.
“He’s been really good in club cricket and bowled exceptionally well on Sunday,” Baxter said.
Rynne was also great.
“Shaunny’s been good. He’s another one who’s been going well in club cricket,” he said.
McMahon was the go-to man for Moree. He did most of the early damage and also got the valuable wicket of Rynne to return 5-40.
Chris Holland also chipped in with 2-36.
Inverell will now play either Upper Hunter or Muswellbrook in the next round.
This weekend the focus will be on the MA Connolly Cup, with Inverell taking on Dumaresq Colts in Armidale.
Inverell already has one win, with its Country Plate game against Glen Innes also counting towards the Connolly Cup.
Baxter said they should have a similar side to Sunday but would hopefully get back John Krauss and Michael Lettinger.
They were unavailable Sunday.