TAMWORTH might be playing for third but that won’t stop the side ensuring it finishes the Tamworth Under 14 Carnival strongly.
That was the assessment from Steggles Tamworth Under 14 coach Chris Paterson after his side bounced back from two disappointing T25 losses on day one to beat Northwestern Wolves by 127 runs at Riverside 2 yesterday.
Nambucca/Bellingen and Coffs Harbour remain unbeaten and top the carnival table on 18 points apiece with Tamworth, West Pennant Hills Cherrybrook and the Northwestern Wolves on eight points.
Tournament debutante, Clarence, is winless with three points and plays Nambucca/Bellingen today.
“We had a much better day today,”Paterson said.
“We batted much better to our potential today.
“The short form of the game doesn’t seem to suit us.”
Tamworth crunched 5-299 from its 50 overs yesterday, with Tyson Rennie topscoring with an unbeaten 87.
Jye Paterson made 78, with Harrison Frear (27) and Toby Whale (22) also in the runs.
“Tyson and Jye did bat well,” Paterson said.
“Tyson didn’t come in until about the 30th over and got stuck in.”
“Harrison and Toby batted well too.”
Moree’s Paddy Montgomery (2-45) was best of the Wolves bowlers while wicketkeeper Coby Cornish (79) also batted well in reply for a Wolves side which made 172.
“He did bat well,” Paterson said.
“That’s good for the Kookaburra Cup side next week.
“Coby is also a very good wicketkeeper.
“He stands up to the medium pacers and was impressive again there too.”
Also impressive was Aaron Madirazza.
“He claimed 4-20 for Tamworth against the Wolves while Jye Paterson also nipped in with 5-17 with his spinners.
“They cleaned up the tail,” Paterson said.
“Aaron’s in his first season with us and growing in confidence all the time.”
Catching the two top teams was an almost impossible task, Paterson added.
“We’re playing for third,” he said.
That became apparent after Coffs beat Clarence by eight wickets at Dick Edwards Oval and Nambucca Bellingen had a 132-run win over West Pennant Hills Cherrybrook at Max Sutton Oval.
Beau Alty topscored for unbeaten NB in their good 214.
Brad Ahearn also made 29 while five batsmen scored between 12 and 14.
Gian Gill (3-30) and Kyle Townend (2-27) were best of the Cherrybrookers while Brenton Larkham’s 43 was the only innings of substance in their 82-run reply.
Charlie Hopper (2-7), Brad Ahearn (2-6) and Dom Beaumont (2-4) took multiple wickets.