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.
Opening the innings, Davis blasted 121 and was the linchpin of Lismore’s innings as they made 206.
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.
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.
“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.
“It was the best he’s batted all year,” Maher said.
“He was getting quick singles where there weren’t singles.”
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.
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.
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.