Bull skipper leads the charge

BECTIVE-East skipper Nick Pearson led from the front as the Bulls snared a bonus point win over City United on Saturday.

Pearson top-scored with 46 in the Bulls’ 7-214 total and, for his efforts, picked up the Cool Blue Ice best and fairest three points.

They’re his third points in as many games after receiving the three for his 69 against West Tamworth on January 20, and then last week being awarded the two for his unbeaten half-century in the Bulls’ game two loss to South Tamworth in their Twenty20 double-header.

Matt Everett got the one on that occasion and he picked up the two on Saturday, with City United skipper Peter Mead grabbing the one point.

On Saturday, he snared the two after making 41 and sharing a valuable stand with Pearson. 

They put on 91 for the second wicket to take Bective from 1-9 and set them up for a good total.

“It was a good score,” Pearson said. 

“You’re not going to get beaten too many times in Tamworth when you score 190 plus.”

He said Everett batted well and turned the strike over well.

“Once he got his eye in and got his feet moving he was sweet,” he said.

Most of the batsmen made some sort of contribution, with James Bellamy hitting 23, James Haling 22, Justin Kellett 21 and George Rixon finishing unbeaten on 14.

That was one of the pleasing things for Pearson.

“Our batting has been excellent most of the year,” he said.

“It hasn’t just been one bloke.

“If one bloke is not getting the runs, another is doing it.”

That hasn’t always been the case in seasons past.

Pearson is understandably pretty happy with how he is going personally too.

“I struggled to get past 20 the first half of the year,” he said.

“But I’ve scored a few (runs) the last couple of weeks.”

The Bulls made a good start with the ball, restricting City to just 31 runs from the first 10 overs.

City skipper Peter Mead and Richie O’Halloran gave them a little bit of a scare through the middle but once they got them, Pearson felt they were out of danger.

At least for the win. 

It was a different story for the bonus point. In the end the Bulls got there by a run, bowling City out for 163.

The win keeps them well-entrenched in third.

Troy Osborne’s century earned him the three points in South Tamworth’s big win over West Tamworth.

Osborne struck 108 off 116 balls in South Tamworth’s 5-249 and then whipped West out for 122, earning two bonus points. 

Col Smyth opened the batting and bowling for South, following his 14 with 2-16 from eight overs.

It wasn’t enough to earn him a B&F point though, with skipper Nick Leyden’s 71 gaining him the two points and Matt Kent’s 38 for West the one point.

 Adam Lole polled the three points from the Old Boys-North Tamworth game at Dick Edwards Oval.

His 50 was crucial in the final-ball win where North Tamworth young gun Keyton Hislop earned the two points with a fine 54.

Hislop also scored runs in Sunday’s Hunter Valley Junior Cricket Council Final win over Maitland.

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