Narrabri colt a matchwinner for North West

NARRABRI Public’s Tom Woodham showed his allround prowess as North West recorded its first win for the State PSSA Boys’ Cricket Championships at The Entrance yesterday.

The Peter Mead-managed side produced a dominant performance with the ball to defend 86 and beat Barrier by 49 runs.

Woodham was a big part of that. After a match-winning 21, he took 2-0 to help North West dismiss Barrier for just 37.

The win followed a good performance in a first-up loss to Polding on Monday.

Yesterday, they were a bit shaky with the bat.

“We lost our top order quite quickly,” Mead said.

After being sent in, they were 6-43 at one stage.

“Darcy Clifton and Tom Woodham steadied the ship,” he said.

Clifton made 10 and was the second top scorer behind Woodham.

“He (Tom) occupied the crease for a long time and put us in a position to have something to bowl at,” Mead said.

He was probably out there for about 18-20 overs.

“He really toughed it out and did a great job for the team,” he said.

After almost batting out the 50 overs on the first day, Mead said it was disappointing to only last 37.

Still, they were confident that they could get the win if the bowlers did the job.

They did.

Ben Venue’s Zenden Grieves again led the wickets with 3-8 and was well backed up by Woodham, who rounded out a magnificent game with his four-over two-wicket spell.

Joey Mead (Tamworth South) also chipped in with 1-4, Lachlan Butler (Timbumburi) 1-9 and captain Liam Rodgers (Rowena) 1-6.

Rodgers kept for the first session before taking the ball in the second.

Thomas Haling (Nemingha) took over from him behind the stumps and did a great job.

The fielding generally was outstanding, Mead said.

“Our fielding was pretty sharp,” he said.

“We had two excellent run outs and some of our catching was superb as well.”

He couldn’t recall them dropping a catch.

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