THREE young talents dominated the Cool Blue Ice Tamworth Best and Fairest Award points on the weekend.
14-year-old Lachlan Davidson harvested the three points when his Bective-East side thrashed North Tamworth Redbacks at Chaffey Park, 17-year-old James Psarakis snared the three points when he took four wickets and a brisk 22 in his South Tamworth side’s good win over City United at No 1 Oval and 21-year-old Will Howard bagged the three points, finally, when he took five wickets in his side’s hammering of West Tamworth at Dick Edwards Oval.
All three winning sides pocketed bonus points as well.
Howard had skittled the Bective-East batsmen in a recent win but failed to poll any points with his 3-18 burst.
On Saturday he struck early again and then returned to mop up the West tail.
He finished with 5-23 from his eight overs and Old Boys claimed an 85-run win after making 6-214 and routing West for 129.
“I started fairly slow,” Howard admitted.
“But my second spell I came back a lot quicker.
“It was a good win. It’s always good to take a win like that into the end-of-year break.”
He believes the five wicket haul might be his third in first grade.
“I might have got one or two, can’t remember. It’s always good to get wickets though.”
He thought his top order batsmen set the scene.
“Lolly (Adam Lole) and then Aaron (Hazlewood) gave us a good start.”
While Lole remained unbeaten on 66 to gain the one point, Hazlewood’s 7-ball 75, which included six sixes, earned the Old Boys allrounder the two points.
It also took Hazlewood to the top of the B&F table with Bective-East’s Calum Rowe, who also polled the two points in his side’s demolition of reigning premiers North Tamworth.
Davidson had also claimed the three points when the outstanding young paceman took 5-38 against a Redbacks side which fell for just 131.
Rowe then belted a 58-ball 61 to earn the two points, while his skipper, Nick Pearson, snared the one point with his 55-ball 43.
Pearson said Davidson was “unplayable at times” and, while he is not quick yet, he does bowl a heavy ball from a long way up.
Rowe’s innings was backed up by a 2-15 seven-over stint as well and sends the young Englishman into Christmas and the SCG Country Cup game against Albury Wodonga in good form.
At No 1 Oval, State Under 17 rep Psarakis warmed up for both the SCG Country Cup and then the Australian Under 17 Championships in Adelaide with an outstanding all-round effort.
The top-order bat hit a brisk 22 as his side chased bonus points against a City United they had routed for 117.
Psarakis took 4-7 to earn the three points, with skipper Nick Leyden grabbing the two points and City United skipper Peter Mead polling the one.
Psarakis’s three points carried him to six points on the B&F table, just two adrift of leaders Hazlewood and Rowe.