Ben Venue to meet Tamworth Public in final

Get your eye in: Nemingha slogger Riley Gentle does some warm up on the boundary before heading to the crease in the knock-out semi-final against Ben Venue on Thursday. Photo: Gareth Gardner 220916GGB07

Get your eye in: Nemingha slogger Riley Gentle does some warm up on the boundary before heading to the crease in the knock-out semi-final against Ben Venue on Thursday. Photo: Gareth Gardner 220916GGB07

BEN Venue will meet Tamworth public in the regional final of the State Cricket knock-out after downing Nemingha in the semi-final on Thursday in Tamworth.

The wet weather saw the game played at Riverside with Nemingha padding up first and facing some very tight line and length bowling from the visiting Armidale side.

Nick Jackson had the ball on a string to take 3-4 from just two overs, while Maurice Kelly also proved tough to hit recording impressive figures of 2-4 as Nemingha were bowled out in the 23rd over for 68.

In reply Jackson led the way again, smacking and unbeaten 31, while Hayden Schumacher was also unbeaten on 30.

The visitors cruised to victory only one wicket down on the back of that big partnership, passing the total with ten overs to spare of the 25 over game.

Ben Venue will now meet Tamworth public in the final after they beat Moree on Monday, with that game scheduled to be played before the first week of next term.

The winner of that regional final will play the winner of the Hunter region.

Mine: Ben Venue's Hayden Schumacher takes a catch before hitting an unbeaten 30 to help guide his side to victory over Nemingha and a regional final.

Mine: Ben Venue's Hayden Schumacher takes a catch before hitting an unbeaten 30 to help guide his side to victory over Nemingha and a regional final.

No Mankad here: Ben Venue's Dougal Payne shows a good action as he sends one down to the Nemingha batsmen during the regional semi-final.

No Mankad here: Ben Venue's Dougal Payne shows a good action as he sends one down to the Nemingha batsmen during the regional semi-final.

Sweet spot: Nemingha's Oliver Brennan plays a classic pull shot on his way to the side's top score of 13 in their loss to Ben Venue at Riverside.

Sweet spot: Nemingha's Oliver Brennan plays a classic pull shot on his way to the side's top score of 13 in their loss to Ben Venue at Riverside.

Cricket beats school: Nemingha team mates Campbell Elliott, Ethan Dawson, Baden Lewis and Forbes Murdoch enjoyed a great day playing cricket.

Cricket beats school: Nemingha team mates Campbell Elliott, Ethan Dawson, Baden Lewis and Forbes Murdoch enjoyed a great day playing cricket.

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