Glen suffer heavy Connolly loss

Wicket-taker: Luke Hodgson provided a welcome early breakthrough for Glen Innes in Sunday's Connolly Cup loss to Tamworth. Photo: Peter Hardin 271116PHB130

Wicket-taker: Luke Hodgson provided a welcome early breakthrough for Glen Innes in Sunday's Connolly Cup loss to Tamworth. Photo: Peter Hardin 271116PHB130

Glen Innes might have been well beaten by Tamworth in Sunday’s MA Connolly Cup third round clash but skipper Nathan Purvis was proud of the way his side stuck in and kept fighting.

“It’s a very young side, and a very inexperienced side,” Purvis said.

Sunday was only their second game for this seasons installment after receiving a forfeit from Moree last round to follow a first round loss to Gwydir.

They weren’t helped by a few late pull-outs but started strongly with Luke Hogson bowling Jye Paterson in his second over. 

Brandon Levy struck the next over to have the home side looking a bit shaky at 2-19.

But they recovered in resounding fashion, amassing 8-369 from their 50 overs.

Important knock: AJ Pretorius was part of an early rebuilding effort that laid the platform for Tamworth to post over 360. Photo: Peter Hardin 271116PHB173

Important knock: AJ Pretorius was part of an early rebuilding effort that laid the platform for Tamworth to post over 360. Photo: Peter Hardin 271116PHB173

“They were just too strong with the bat,” Purvis said.

Especially late in the innings, smacking 154 runs in the last session.

“Our sundries let us down,” Purvis said.

“We bowled too many loose ones.”

The extras didn’t make for pretty reading.

They sent down 58 wides and 76 sundries in total.

Brendan Smith and Coby Campbell fared the best with the ball with Smith finishing with 2-59 and Campbell 2-45. Purvis, Levy, Tom Chard and Hodgson chimed in with the other wickets.

It was then always going to be a tough chase and they suffered an early set-back with Lachie Davidson, who had just inflicted some late pain on them with the bat, bowling Andrew Hogson in the first over.

Greg Wilkins fell a few overs later and when Levy became Tait Jordan’s fifth victim after a swift 23 that included four fours, Glen found themselves 6-63.

Hodgson and Tom Mitchell fought back with a 40 run stand, Hodgson dishing out to Tamworth some of their own medicine and bombing three sixes on his way to 30. 

Mitchell batted on to be the last wicket to fall for 26 as they were bowled out for 130.

Purvis noted his and Hodgsons efforts being two of the youngsters of the side, at 17 and 16 respectively.

The loss sees Glen slip back to fourth with four rounds, one of which will be a bye for them, to play. 

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