Massey and McNeill strike tons in Souths win

Maiden tons to Caleb McNeill and Chris Massey lifted South Tamworth to their first win of the season on Saturday, but not before being given a fright from City United.

Concentration: Souths skipper Josh Crowe looks to cut this ball during his 15 as part of a 32-run opening stand with centurion Caleb McNeill on Saturday. Photo: Peter Hardin

Concentration: Souths skipper Josh Crowe looks to cut this ball during his 15 as part of a 32-run opening stand with centurion Caleb McNeill on Saturday. Photo: Peter Hardin

Chasing South’s 2-286, City were on target all the way through but just fell away in the last couple of overs to finish 6-275 in reply.

A couple of quick wickets put the brakes on, with Mackenzie Morison (37) run out in the third last over and Dan Lawrence caught in the outfield by Mitch Smith the next over, after skipper Brad Smith had struck 90.

Earlier stand-in skipper Josh Crowe couldn’t have been happier with his sides batting display with Ryan Meppem making an unbeaten 54 to back up McNeill and Massey’s centuries.

Steaming in: Tait Jordan was the best performer with the ball for City United against South Tamworth on Saturday with 0-30 from his eight. Photo: Peter Hardin.

Steaming in: Tait Jordan was the best performer with the ball for City United against South Tamworth on Saturday with 0-30 from his eight. Photo: Peter Hardin.

“It was absolutely outstanding with the bat,” Crowe said.

McNeill punched for one off the final ball of the innings to bring up his first century in first grade after scoring four off the first ball of the over to get to 99.

He and Massey put on 151 for the second wicket, with Massey going six, six, three to reach his first century in any grade.

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