Carnival hosts off to shaky start

COFFS HARBOUR and Nambucca/Bellingen began their Tamworth Under 14 Carnivals with winning days at Riverside yesterday.

Coffs followed a 60-run win over West Pennant Hills Cherrybrook in their morning T25 game with a five wicket win over Tamworth at Dick Edwards Oval in the afternoon.

Nambucca/Bellingen had beaten Tamworth in their morning game at Dick Edwards Oval by five wickets and then had an 18-run win over the Northwestern Wolves at Max Sutton Oval yesterday afternoon.

Nambucca/Bellingen had ripped Tamworth out for just 66 in the morning with only Toby Whale (35) reaching double figures for the home side as Jared Baldwin (3-8), Beau Alty (2-15), skipper Austin Nugent (2-16) Charlie Hooper (2-15) and Byron Auld (1-3) all starred with the ball.

Brad Ahearn (33no) and Byron Auld (12no) then steered the side to victory.

Auld then smacked a fine 72 in the afternoon T25 win.

He and Charlie Hopper (21) were the backbone of the batting ensuring they reached a competitive 6-127 against an attack where Moree’s Paddy Montgomery (4-13) was the fiery spark.

Hamish Duncan also chipped in with 2-20 for the Wolves who were all out for 109 after opening bat Khiarni Cornish made a good 35.

The Northwestern Wolves are a team formed from players across the region.

Four of them, Montgomery, Coby Cornish, Jay Tasker and Nick Willoughby will join Tamworth trio of Jye Paterson, Tyson Rennie and Toby Whale in the CNZ side to play in the Kookaburra Cup in Newcastle.

“That was the idea, to give them a good week of cricket before the Kookaburra Cup,” said Northwestern Wolves coach Steve Cornish.

The Wolves began their day with 48-run win over Clarence.

The Grafton-based side is coached by Tim Grosser (junior), who hails from Gunnedah.

Tim’s father, Tim senior, is a NSW Country selector and in Canberra for today’s start of the Commbank Australian Country Cricket Championship.

Tim (junior) was delighted to be back at Riverside.

He had played in a JS White Colts carnival (Emu selection trials) as a

teenager.

“We’ve got a young side here,” Tim Grosser told The Leader.

Just three of them are top age.

We only formed the side in early December. It’s the first time we’ve been over here for this.”

He said the “more kids more cricket” theme was part of the reason for their attendance.

“It’s a good concept.”

Jacob Ellis (25) top topscored for Clarence in their first game loss to the Wolves while Harry Grosser (23), Nick Lawson (18) and Dylan Cleaver (11) also made good runs.

In the afternoon they made 73 with Ben Shipman (13) and Rhys Hebbard (13) the top scorers against a West Pennant Hills Cherrybrook side which replied with 6-76.

Brent Larkham (32no) and Nuwan Whyte (16no) steered the side home after Kyle Townsend’s brilliant 5-7 had set them on a winning path.

Today’s games are all 50 over-a-side games.

ROUND 3: Clarence v Coffs Harbour (Dick Edwards Oval), Tamworth v Northwestern Wolves (Riverside 2), Nambucca/Bellingen v West Pennant Hills Cherrybrook (Max Sutton Oval).

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