Teen spirit lifts Tamworth after early batting collapse

TAMWORTH’S teenagers starred in Saturday’s SCG Country Cup win over Albury Wodonga.

Matty Everett and Angus McNeill helped resurrect the side’s cup campaign with bat and ball in an amazing 40-run win.

At one stage Tamworth had slumped to 6-44 before 17-year-old Everett and skipper Tom Groth piled on a 68-run seventh wicket stand to take the side above 100.

19-year-old Angus McNeill then hit out late for Tamworth to reach 154 and then snare four wickets as Albury Wodonga was routed for 114.

“It was awesome,” said skipper Tom Groth.

“I won the toss and batted but there was a fair bit in the wicket and they had a couple of handy quicks.”

Byron Hales (2-19) and Steve Wood (3-17) decimated the Tamworth top order, Hales having Michael Rixon caught at short cover off the first ball of the game.

When Ryan Brown bowled James Psarakis (4) it was 6-44 and that brought back-up keeper Everett to the crease.

He hit one four and a six in his 96-ball 45 that ended when he was run out.

Tom Groth remained unbeaten on 52 (74balls) after hitting one six and two fours.

He  and Angus McNeill (12no) added 25 for the ninth wicket.

“It gave us a defendable total,” Groth said.

“I was pretty stoked with 154. I thought 130 was going to be good but Angus helped us reach 154. Matty had batted so well though. He was the calm one between us. Knocked the ball around for singles, batted really well.

“He helped change the game.

“Then Angus and Jack were outstanding.”

McNeill claimed the first three wickets and finished with 4-21 from his 10 overs.

Jack McVey claimed 1-27 from seven while James Psarakis nipped in with 2-14 from his 10 and Adam Jones nipped in to take 2-8 as well.

“Angus and Jacboth bowled down the hill and both bowled quickly. 

“Angus got the ball to shape away as well. We just had to take the catches because they were creating chances.”

A McNeill run out also helped galvanise and electrify the team as it rushed to a quarter final win and into yesterday’s semi final against Lake Illawarra at Croome Road Oval, 

Jamberoo.

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