Cup win not the finish for West Tamworth seamer

DEKLAN Baker has a couple more major aims to complete despite winning a third successive MA Connolly Cup on Sunday.

The young West Tamworth allrounder was man of the match in Sunday’s MA Connolly Cup Final between the Tamworth Second XI and Moree at Max Sutton Oval.

His seam bowling enabled him to finish with 4-56 from his 10 overs as Moree made 130 and then the Tamworth Second XI finished at 2-133 for an eight wicket win.

Baker  was delighted.

“They came out pretty well,” the 19-year-old personal trainer said after the Cup win.

“We’re real happy to get another win.”

He’s played in all three Tamworth Second XI sides to win the last three Connolly Cups, the first under West clubmate Anthony Crompton and the last two under teenage wicketkeeper Matt Everett.

Everett said Baker’s ability to swing the ball away from the right-handers was a big weapon in the win.

“We had a good win over Armidale in Armidale in the semi-final,” Baker said.

“Everyone contributed in that.”

He also said the new ball partnership he has forged in recent games with Will Howard had been a major factor in the side’s success.

“We do have a good partnership,” he said.

Howard has been at the centre of some of Old Boys’ good wins in their charge to the top of the Tamworth first grade premiership table.

They will also reunite in the 2TMO Cup Final against the winner of the RA Dransfield Trophy.

While Baker  would love to add that trophy, he’s also keen to help his West Tamworth club make a late run into Tamworth  semi-final contention.

“Hopefully we can get a couple of wins and make a late charge into the semis,” he said.

“We’re not too far behind Norths.”

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