SEVEN of Central North Zone’s talented Under 14 side warmed up for their Kookaburra Cup Country Under 14 Cricket Championship with some impressive efforts at last week’s Tamworth Under 14 Carnival in Tamworth.
Four of the side – Paddy Montgomery, Jaiden Tasker, Nick Willoughby and Coby Cornish – played for the Northwestern Wolves while Jye Paterson, Tyson Rennie and Toby Whale all played for Tamworth.
The two sides played off for third on the final day, Tamworth winning by 19 runs.
It was a match Tamworth’s Paterson will remember for a long while.
He retired after scoring an unbeaten 101 in the 4-208 total.
He had scored his maiden century just a few weeks before in a rep game against Dungog and hit 12 fours in his second ton.
When the Wolves mounted a fightback in their run chase through a hard-hitting 61 from Tasker, Paterson was brought on and claimed 4-10.
It helped Paterson to win the batting aggregate (269) and average (53.8) for the carnival as well as the bowling average (14 wickets at 5.57).
He was also named Player Of The Carnival.
Tamworth Under 14 coach Chris Paterson is also one of the three coaches-managers in Newcastle supervising the Central North Zone side this week.
Rod Bryant and Kel Walls are also there hoping for success with their young charges.
“This week has been good for these boys,” Paterson said last week of the seven players.
“Jaiden batted well today, scored a good 61.
“He’ll bat 10 or 11 for us in Newcastle but it shows he can handle the bat.
“Hopefully he doesn’t have to do too much of that.”
He’d rather the tall left-arm paceman strike with the ball.
Tasker and Moree’s Montgomery were impressive new ball bowlers during the Tamworth carnival.
Narrabri’s Cornish excelled with the gloves and also made two good 70s while Willoughby (31) topscored on the final day against a Tamworth side where Rennie and Whale both had good weeks with bat and ball.
“Chris Paterson was delighted for not only the Kookaburra Cup representatives but his Tamworth 14s.
“Harrison Frear scored his first 50 in representative cricket today too,” he said of the teenager’s unbeaten 56.
Central North starts its Kookaburra Cup campaign against Riverina at Cardiff No 1 Oval today.
CENTRAL NORTH ZONE TEAM: Jye Paterson (capt), Toby Whale, Nick Willoughby, Tyson Rennie, Brendan Crouch, Will O’Donnell, Coby Cornish, Jarrod Watts, Caleb McNeil, Tom Brookes, Jaiden Tasker, Paddy Montgomery. Coaches: Kel Walls, Rod Bryant, Chris Paterson.