RICHARD Bullock could be the difference when he and the Tamworth Second XI tackle Inverell in tomorrow’s MA Connolly Cup semi- final at No 1 Oval in Tamworth.
It’s not just because he’s the Tamworth and District Cricket Association president either, reckons Tamworth Second XI skipper Matt Everett.
“He’s just not being picked in this side because he’s the top dog,” Everett said.
“He bowls those little cutters.
“He’s not the quickest around but he is pretty tricky to face – that’s whey he took four-for against Dumaresq Colts last Sunday.
“He’s got me out a few times too.”
Bullock complements a pace attack spearheaded by Will Howard, with North Tamworth allrounder Leo Steyn coming back into the side to take the new ball as well.
“We’ve got a couple of good players coming back,” Everett said.
“Leo and Stuie Plant both played in the Country Cup Final at the SCG.”
Plant’s left-arm finger spin will run with the right-arm offies from young Will Chesterfield, a blooming young talent.
The batting lineup is also built around Bective opener Adam Lole.
“Our batting is based around Adam,” Everett said.
“We’ve scored 240 and 250 all season. Last week we made 234 and Lolly (Lole) scored 80 of them. He batted for 40 overs but we were able to bat around him.”
He’s hoping the side can do the same again with the likes of Layne Berry and himself in the top order.
Everett knows a little about the Inverell side.
From Monday he will be playing in Hornsby at the State CHS Cricket Carnival with Inverell leg spinner Richard Wilson.
“We had a pretty good win over Dumaresq Colts last week but they had a good win over Gwydir too,” Everett said.
“We have the advantage of playing at home but they have some pretty handy top order bats too.
“We’re hoping to restrict their top three or four batters.”
He’s particularly hopeful they don’t give hard-hitting Lachlan Binnie any lives as Gwydir did.
Binnie smashed seven sixes and 10 fours in his 101 to help Inverell chase down Gwydir’s 198 in just 26 overs.