Tamworth start carnival off on winning note

Steaming in: Armidale's Alex Williams delivers in his side's under-14 carnival clash against West Pennant Hills/Cherrybrook. Photo: Peter Hardin. 080117PHA401
Steaming in: Armidale's Alex Williams delivers in his side's under-14 carnival clash against West Pennant Hills/Cherrybrook. Photo: Peter Hardin. 080117PHA401
Study in concentration: West Pennant Hills/Cherrybrook batsman Jude Boyle looks to pull this short ball against Armidale. Photo: Peter Hardin

Study in concentration: West Pennant Hills/Cherrybrook batsman Jude Boyle looks to pull this short ball against Armidale. Photo: Peter Hardin

Manly's Martin Longford

Manly's Martin Longford

Lismore’s Blake Davis set the Tamworth U14s Carnival alight on Monday with a brilliant knock in his side’s 40 run win over the Peel Renegades.

On the up: Tamworth Blues batter Lara Graham looks to force the ball through the off-side against Manly. Photo: Peter Hardin 080117PHA021

On the up: Tamworth Blues batter Lara Graham looks to force the ball through the off-side against Manly. Photo: Peter Hardin 080117PHA021

Opening the innings, Davis blasted 121 and was the linchpin of Lismore’s innings as they made 206.

Like the look of that one: Nambucca-Bellingen's Anika Learoyd shapes to hammer this wide ball through the off-side. Photo: Peter Hardin. 080117PHA246

Like the look of that one: Nambucca-Bellingen's Anika Learoyd shapes to hammer this wide ball through the off-side. Photo: Peter Hardin. 080117PHA246

Samuel Clark (3-7) and Oliver McGill (3-5) were the best with the ball for the Renegades, who were then bowled out for 166. 

Jack Hamilton top-scored with 31 and with Zane Woods (23) put on 43 for the fourth wicket after Lauren McGill had hit 21 at the top of the order. Riley Beckham picked up both Hamilton and Woods on his way to 3-10.

Preparing to launch: Manly paceman Sam Dunn bowls during his side's clash against Tamworth Blues. Photo: Peter Hardin. 080117PHA148

Preparing to launch: Manly paceman Sam Dunn bowls during his side's clash against Tamworth Blues. Photo: Peter Hardin. 080117PHA148

West Pennant Hills/Cherrybrook and Tamworth both also defended for wins with the home side making 150 and then rolling Manly for 90.

“It was a very pleasing performance,” Tamworth co-coach Bede Maher said.

Effort ball: Hawkesbury's Archie Peters in full flight during his side's under-14 carnival clash against Hawkesbury. Photo: Peter Hardin. 080117PHA194.

Effort ball: Hawkesbury's Archie Peters in full flight during his side's under-14 carnival clash against Hawkesbury. Photo: Peter Hardin. 080117PHA194.

“The boys did very well batting, bowling and fielding.”

After openers Lara Graham (34) and Luke Maher had weathered the Manly openers, who bowled well Maher said, Lachlan Wesierski “batted superbly” in the middle part of the innings.

On the hop: West Pennant Hills-Cherrybrook batsman Luca Vask assesses whether he will play this short ball. Photo: Peter Hardin. 080117PHA393

On the hop: West Pennant Hills-Cherrybrook batsman Luca Vask assesses whether he will play this short ball. Photo: Peter Hardin. 080117PHA393

“It was the best he’s batted all year,” Maher said.

“He was getting quick singles where there weren’t singles.”

Top shot: Tamworth Blues batsman Mitchell Henderson plays a copybook pull shot during the under-14 cricket carnival on Monday. Photo: Peter Hardin. 080117PHA103

Top shot: Tamworth Blues batsman Mitchell Henderson plays a copybook pull shot during the under-14 cricket carnival on Monday. Photo: Peter Hardin. 080117PHA103

The keeper top-scored with 43 and followed up with a good performance with the gloves. He was given a workout with Will Burnett “lethal” with the new ball and extracting a fair bit of bounce out of the deck.

Jayden Betts then came in and took 3-21 and a couple of crucial wickets in the middle stages before Joey Ryan claimed three wickets in his one over to clean up the tail.

On target: Armidale's Kieran Wicks bowls against West Pennant Hills-Cherrybrook on Monday. Photo: Peter Hardin. 080117PHA487

On target: Armidale's Kieran Wicks bowls against West Pennant Hills-Cherrybrook on Monday. Photo: Peter Hardin. 080117PHA487

Martin Longford (13) was the only Manly batsmen to reach double figures. Sam Dunn was earlier the destroyer with 5-14.

WPHC posted the biggest score of the day reaching 7-213 from their 50 overs. Armidale helped them out with 48 extras, with Jude Boyle hitting an unbeaten 41 and Aidan Jackson making 40. 

Darcy McDermott led the charge for Armidale with 4-42.

Moving along: Hawkesbury's Luke Brian in full flight during the under-14 cricket carnival in Tamworth. Photo: Peter Hardin. 080117PHA285.

Moving along: Hawkesbury's Luke Brian in full flight during the under-14 cricket carnival in Tamworth. Photo: Peter Hardin. 080117PHA285.

They then made a valiant chase but fell 10 runs short, Matt Smith and Alex Williams both striking 34. Oliver Linschofen was the best performer with the ball for WPHC taking 2-25.

Hawkesbury were the other first day winners chasing down Nambucca Bellingen’s 8-112 four wickets down with Mitchell Roeder making 32, Adrian Perera 26no and Archie Peters 22no. 

It was a good day for the Tamworth sides with the Tamworth 16s scoring a 10 wicket win over Manning Valley in their Stan Austin Carnival opener at Taree.

James Austin led the way with 4-9 as Tamworth bundled Manning Valley out for 97. Mitch Adams also chipped in with 2-7 and Logan Barnes 1-8. 

In reply Lachlan Bradfield (48no) and Hamish Fauchon (43no) polished off the runs in 18 overs.

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