Coastal teams share Tamworth title after dramatic tie

NAMBUCCA-BELLINGEN and Coffs Harbour played out the first tie in the 10-year history of the Tamworth Under 14 Carnival when player of the match, Katelyn Beaumont, executed the third run out of the innings off the last ball to leave both sides drawn on 131 runs.

They were awarded the first joint premiership by Tamworth Junior Cricket Association president Peter Graham.

Batting first, Nambucca-Bellingen made 7-131 before Coffs clawed its way back from 7-66 thanks to an unbeaten 54 from number seven bat Addison Mallett.

He and spinner Jessie Ferrett (11) put on a 49 for the seventh wicket to resurrect the Coffs hopes and then he and  Brock Symons (6) added another 15 in a tense and thrilling final few overs.

Needing three to win off two balls, Symons hit a two but off the final ball of the innings hit legspinning Beaumont back to her left for the allrounder to field and run out a desperate and scurrying Symons.

Earlier, Beaumont had topscored for Nambucca-Bellingen with 35.

She and Beau Alty (10) had opened up with a 47-run stand.

Jack Menahan (15) was second out at 2-75 as Jessie Ferrett’s spin took control.

Ferret captured 3-19 from his 9.3 overs to give him 17 wickets for the week and the carnival aggregate trophy.

Byron Auld’s unbeaten 22 was a major factor in Nambucca-Bellingen reaching 7-131 against a strong and persistent bowling attack spearheaded by Ferrett but also including great 10-over spells from Alisha Phoonie (1-21), Ethan Atkinson (1-12) and skipper Raman Phoonie (1-22).

Atkinson also bowled five maidens in his 10.

 Beaumont finished with 1-17 off her six overs after Jared Baldwin had excelled, taking 2-23 from his 10 overs.

Charlie Hopper (1-14),  Alty (0-23), Austin Nugent (1-13) and  Auld (0-12) had also bowled tightly.

While  Beaumont won the player of the final, Coffs Harbour’s Matilda Lugg won the joint wicketkeeping award with Northwestern Wolves’ Coby Cornish.

Coffs Harbour’s Ethan Atkinson also snared the most catches (9) by a fieldsman.

In the playoff for third, Jye Paterson struck 12 boundaries in a fine and unconquered 101.

Paterson won both the batting aggregate (269) and average (53.8) for the carnival as well as the bowling average (14 wickets at 5.57) and the Player of the Carnival to boot.

He retired on 101 after slamming a back foot drive off Kate Lennon for four.

He and Harrison Frear (56no) put on 100 for the fifth wicket as the  Tamworth side finished 4-208.

Jaiden Tasker (1-17), Hamish Duncan (1-44) and Lennon (1-32) were the wicket-takers.

Northwestern Wolves then replied with 189 as Tasker (61) led a late fightback, smacking 13 boundaries. 

Hamish Duncan also joined in with 21 as Paterson cleaned up that resistance to finish with 4-10 in an outstanding all-round performance.

At Max Sutton Oval, West Pennant Hills Cherrybrook won their playoff for seventh against Clarence by two wickets.

Earlier, Clarence made 108 with Eli Fahey (20), Jackson Grieve (16), Harry Grosser (15) and Shinae MacDonald (12) making good runs.

The WPHC bowlers shared the wickets, with Matt Carpenter taking 2-19 while Gian Gill, Nuwan Whyte, Ryan Gunn, Rhys Flynn and Brent Larkham all grabbed a wicket apiece.

WPHC then lurched to 9-109, with Josh Banner (32) the main rungetter. 

Gunn (13),  Flynn (11no) and  Gill (10) also made double figures as Jackson Grieves finished his carnival in a flurry, claiming 5-12 from his brilliant spell.

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