Teen keeper gets a late callup for Tamworth

MATT Everett might have the chance to add to his points tally in the Tamworth Representative Player of the Year Award on the South Coast after all.

The teenage gloveman, who captained the Tamworth Second XI to an MA Connolly Cup last season and is well on the way to repeating that performance this season, is a late inclusion in the Tamworth squad to play in the eight-team SCG Country Cup Finals this weekend.

Tamworth plays Albury Wodonga today in a quarter-final at Kevin Walsh Oval, Jamberoo.

Everett won’t be watching as 12th or 13th man either.

With Kris Halloran a late withdrawal and James Psarakis having to play a State Under 17 trial in Sydney tomorrow, the Bective-East wicketkeeper, skipper of the Tamworth Second XI, will play as a batsman both days.

The young Oxley High School student, who captained the NSW CHS side to England on tour this year, currently leads the Tamworth Representative Player Award.

He has picked up three sets of points to stand alone at the top on six, one point ahead of Simon Norvill, Michael Rixon and the suspended Harrison Kelly.

Young gun Jack McVey is just a point away while Stuart Plant, Col Smyth and Calum Rowe are on three points with Adam Lole and Shaun Stevenson and capable of adding to their rep points today.

Nick Pearson has yet to strike a blow on the representative point table but grabbed a point in the Cool Blue Ice Tamworth B&F award when his Bective-East side trounced North Tamworth by eight wickets last week.

“It was good win for us,” the Bective skipper said.

“Great for Cal (Rowe) too. He’s been outstanding for us – been in great form.”

Rowe plundered five fours and two sixes in his 58-ball 61.

With Pearson (43 off 55 balls), he put on 93 for the opening wicket to guarantee that first grade win.

“It was good for me to spend some time in the middle too,” Pearson said.

“I was able to get my feet going.”

It was a timely innings, with today’s SCG Country Cup quarter-final against Albury Wodonga looming large.

“I’m looking forward to it.

“Hopefully we play some good, competitive cricket and get a gig at the SCG.”

That’s the key, said the former Emus skipper, to playing the January 12 SCG Country Cup Final at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Norvill has played there twice – and won twice.

“I think Krisso (Halloran) and I are the only two to have done that,”  Norvill said.

“I’d love to make it a third time. 

“And we will give give it a good go this year.

“We have a very good batting side. 

“Probably the best side we’ve had for a few years.

“I think we’re a big chance – we’ve  just got to play well.

“If everyone plays to their potential then we’ll go a long way towards winning it.

“But it’s the old cliche isn’t it, one game at a time.

“Personally though, I’m seeing them well and hitting them well.”

Rixon will open the batting with  Norvill and he’s hopeful of joining his brother, Brendan Rixon, as an SCG Country Cup winner.

“Hopefully we can get a couple of wins on the South Coast and go to the SCG,” Rixon said. “That would be a great experience.

“Our batting is our strength.

“But we also bowl well. Angus and Col have been bowling well.”

He, too, might play a role with his off-spin although North teammate  Plant is the main spinner with his left-arm tweakers and State Under 17 rep James Psarakis also bowling right arm quick offspin.

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