Tamworth romp to big Connolly Cup win

Important knock: Toby Whale turns the ball for runs during his 72 for Tamworth in Sunday's big Connolly Cup win over Glen Innes. Photo: Peter Hardin 271116PHB112

Important knock: Toby Whale turns the ball for runs during his 72 for Tamworth in Sunday's big Connolly Cup win over Glen Innes. Photo: Peter Hardin 271116PHB112

Tamworth’s young brigade shone as they monstered Glen Innes by 239-runs in Sunday’s Connolly Cup clash at No.1 Oval.

The home side blasted Glen out of the game with the bat, plundering 8-369, before cleaning them up for 130.

Toby Whale, Lachlan Fauchon, Lachie Davidson and Tait Jordan all had big hands in the demolition, with Jordan claiming 5-29 after Whale, Fauchon and Davidson had all smacked half-centuries.

Davidson brought up his off just 24 balls with three balls remaining in the innings after blazing his way from 27 to 47 the previous over with three sixes and a four. He finished unbeaten on 56 and with Fauchon piled on 72 for the sixth wicket.

Fauchon was out on the final ball of the innings for a stop-scoring 76, and was earlier involved in a 104-run stand for the fourth wicket with Whale. It was a crucial partnership with Whale (72) and AJ Pretorius (22) having navigated them out of some early trouble. 

“Toby batted well at the top of the order and AJ started well but then didn’t go on with it,” Tamworth skipper Chris Paterson said.

“Then Lachie Fauchon held it together well in the middle.” 

It gave the home side the platform to explode late, which they did, slamming 154 off the last 16 overs.

Brendon Smith (2-59) and Coby Campbell (2-45) were the most successful of the Glen bowlers, the visitors not helping their cause with some wayward bowling. They gifted Tamworth 76 bonus runs through sundries, 58 of which were wides.

The run chase then started horribly with Davidson bowling Andrew Hogdson third ball. From there it was a steady flow of wickets with Tom Mitchell (26) and Luke Hogdson (30) the only two batsmen to reach double figures.

“The boys bowled well. Tait bowled exceptional and Davo bowled well without a lot of luck. He beat the bat a lot,” Paterson said.

“Josh (Dawson) and Dave (Brannan) then cleaned them up at the end.”

The win saw them leapfrog Glen Innes and join Armidale in second on 12 points.

Gwydir are clear out in front after sneaking home against Quirindi out at Bingara on Sunday. Chasing Quirindi’s 9-189, they got the runs with two wickets to spare.

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