Washouts push final chapter of Tamworth success story into January

A FINAL round of McDonald’s Tamworth Twenty20 will be played at Riverside on Friday with the final to be played in January 10.

Tamworth District Cricket Association president Richard Bullock has talked to the franchisees of the four teams – The Albert Hotel, Steggles, McDonald’s and Halpin’s Plumbing – and all are okay with the change in dates.

Two successive washed- out weekends flushed the fourth and fifth games of the 2013 T20 away.

Those rounds have been replayed, with the final, which was to have been played last Friday night, now set down for  January 10.

That final will feature McDonald’s and either Halpin’s Plumbing or The Albert.

They’re due to match up in a  blockbuster this Friday.

“I’ve spoken to the sponsors and they’re all happy with that,”  Bullock said.

“We want to give them as much coverage as we can.

“And we’ll try to make the final (January 10) a fun night too for the family. 

“We’ll have a jumping castle and a few other things too. I have spoken to the Minister for Finance (TDCA treasurer Greg Tighe) and he said we’re right.”

Bullock said the third and fourth-placed teams would  play off from as near to 5pm as possible, with the final kicking off straight after.

“Maccas will be one of those teams but they lost their first game last Friday,” he said of a match where Halpin’s Plumbing scored 9-154 and then restricted Maccas to 9-132.

The Albert also successfully defended a lowish 8-131 total when it  kept Steggles to 8-120.

Now in its fifth season, the McDonald’s T20 has been an unqualified success for the TDCA, not only promoting the game and giving its talented juniors more game time against the men, but also forging better links within its representative sides.

That was evident on the weekend when the Tamworth first and second XI sides were both playing knockout Country Cup and Shield matches in Coffs Harbour and Singleton.

While the Second XI lost to Brisbane Waters by five wickets, the first XI had a six wicket win over Coffs Harbour.

Young pacemen Jack McVey (5-24) and Angus McNeil (3-17) were outstanding in routing the home side for just 76.

Tamworth replied with 4-78 to secure a spot in the eight-team SCG Country Cup finals on the South Coast on December 28/29.

McVey (pictured) will be turning out with his Steggles side in Friday’s final-round match against competition leaders McDonald’s.

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