ADAM Mills picked up his first Cool Blue Ice best and fairest points of the Tamworth first grade cricket season with an impressive display of swing bowling for the North Tamworth Redbacks to destroy the City United top order in their 35 over-a-side game at Chaffey Park on Saturday morning.
The 24-year-old sales rep claimed 4-21 from his seven overs in what was a five wicket win for the defending premiers.
Originally from Dubbo where he played junior rep cricket, he was in Townsville working until he decided to move back south.
“To be closer to the family at Dubbo,” Mills said of one of the major reasons for his return to NSW.
After talking to North Tamworth stalwart Don Lewington, Mills signed up with the Redbacks.
“I’ve been bowling pretty well the last few weeks,” he said.
“I was a bit on and off today though.”
He and Adam Greentree (1-20) and Brad Redshaw (2-10) helped rout City United for 78 and the Redbacks wobbled a bit early to finish 5-82 and claim a much-needed win.
They remain fourth in the premiership race.
“It’s good to bounce back like that,” Mills said.
“We hadn’t won one for a while.
“Hopefully we can keep it going from here and make a strong run.”
While he picked up the three points, Terry Kampe also snared his first points of the season after an impressive bowling effort yielded him 3-17 off his six overs.
Redshaw was also rewarded with an impressive stint (2-10) with a point.
Bective skipper Nick Pearson polled the three points in his side’s narrow five-run win over West Tamworth.
His 47-ball 69 enabled the Bulls to carve out 6-191 before West seamer Garry Seghal almost got the side home.
Seghal, who took 2-23 from his seven overs, then smashed 38 off 19 balls to get West within a hit of a remarkable win.
Adam Jones fired back from a duck to claim 5-19 and earn a point.
Old Boys’ Simon Norvill’s quickfire 80 underpinned his side’s 9-264 against South Tamworth at TRECC.
His three points jumped him equal fourth to equal leader in the B&F with his OB teammate Aaron Hazlewood, who picked up the two points.
Hazlewood scored 50 and then took 1-30 as South finished 9-231 following some late fireworks from Andrew Maher (45), Richard Rowlings (25) and Jake Everett (24no).
South skipper Nick Leyden picked up a B&F point for his 47 to edge the left-handed batsman into a share of equal third with Calum Rowe and Adam Lole.