Tamworth Blues hoping to get the better of Glen Innes

United cause: Jye Paterson and Liam Cameron (keeper) are opponents here but will be team-mates on Sunday for the Tamworth Blues. Photo: Gareth Gardner 051116GGA18

United cause: Jye Paterson and Liam Cameron (keeper) are opponents here but will be team-mates on Sunday for the Tamworth Blues. Photo: Gareth Gardner 051116GGA18

Tamworth has named a young and talented Blues side to take on Glen Innes in their Connolly Cup third round match-up on Sunday.

The Blues will be looking to make it two from two after easily accounting for defending champions Moree in the opening round.

Youth is prominent in the side with the likes of Jye Paterson, Toby Whale, Tom Fitzgerald, Lachie Fauchon and Lachie Davidson still in their teens. 

“It looks good. I’m pleased with the side,” skipper Chris Paterson said.

“We’ve got plenty of batting with guys like Josh Dawson in the middle/lower order.

“He can hit the ball a long way.”

Fitzgerald and Jye Paterson were also prominent with the bat for Tamworth in their War Veterans Cup semi-final win over Inverell.

Both will also likely play roles with the ball on Sunday to back up a strong pace attack headed by Davidson, Tait Jordan and Cooper Barnes.

“Plus we’ve got Dave Brannan to bowl leggies and Josh (Dawson) there,” Paterson said.

“He bowled pretty well in the plate game we had against Scone earlier in the year.”

Glen Innes went down to Gwydir in the opening round, before receiving a forfeit from Moree and will be very much an unknown.

Tamworth though won’t be taking them lightly, with Paterson rating this Connolly Cup as probably one of the strongest for a few years.

Gwydir currently share the competition lead with Armidale and will host Quirindi, while Gunnedah is at home to Moree with Armidale having the weekend off.

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