Tamworth 12s finish Lismore carnival on a high

Strong finish: The Tamworth 12s Blues took a lot away from last week's Lismore carnival. They'll now turn their attention back to the North West junior competition.
Strong finish: The Tamworth 12s Blues took a lot away from last week's Lismore carnival. They'll now turn their attention back to the North West junior competition.

Tamworth 12s Blues finished their Lismore carnival off with a winning flurry.

After beating Armidale on Friday, they chased for a four wicket win over Toowoomba on Saturday.

“The boys bounced back after a few early losses with two good wins,” coach Peter Holmes said.

For all but four of the side it was their first real taste of carnival cricket.

“The first two days we played two games of 25 overs a side,” he said.

“Friday was a 45 over game and we played 35 overs a side on Saturday.”

He said the boys improved continuously across the carnival, and picked up three player of the match medals over the week.

Sam Murphy was awarded two of them and finished with the highest bowling aggregate for the carnival with 10 wickets. He clinched it with a haul of 5-19 against Toowoomba.

Skipper Nick Mead earned the other for his unbeaten 49 in their win over Armidale. He also top-scored with 19 on the final day and led the side well, Holmes said.

Another highlight was 25 from Ben Chick in their first game, and their fielding.

“There were some good allround fielding performances from the boys,” Holmes said.

On Saturday they could have been chasing a lot less if not for the 26 wides and 17 no balls they sent down.

Mead backed up Murphy with 3-3, and then put on a good opening stand with Zac Craig (16). Chris Fox also made 12 before Logan Spinks (8no) and Harry Lewington (3no) polished off the required runs in 23 overs.