Hosts head to semi

Tamworth Blue gave themselves every chance of featuring in Friday’s U14 carnival grand final after rolling former competition leaders Hawkesbury for just 69 runs at Riverside on Wednesday.

Opening bowler Joey Ryan did most of the damage early as he claimed 3-8 from 5.3 overs in one of the performances of the carnival so far, while Jayden Betts also chimed in to take 2-21 later in the piece as the Hawkesbury batsmen crumbled under the pressure with only one Logan Wilson (14) and Kyle Wheeler (10) making double figures.

In reply Tamworth cruised to victory two wickets down in the 33rd over as Lara Graham and Mitchell Henderson finished unbeaten on 20 and 31 respectively, while Jess Davidson chipped in with 16.

In other matches Pennant Hills Cherrybrook remain undefeated after accounting for Lismore, while the Peel River Renegades had a seven run victory over Armidale while Nambucca Bellingen accounted for Manly.

Tamworth’s win saw them finish on top of Pool A, while WPHC finished on top of Pool B to be certain starters in Thursday’s semi-finals at Riverside 1 and 2.

Crunched: Zac Craig finds the middle of the bat for the Peel River Renegades as the combined side pipped Armidale by just seven runs at Riverside 2. Photo: Gareth Gardner 110117GGA14

Crunched: Zac Craig finds the middle of the bat for the Peel River Renegades as the combined side pipped Armidale by just seven runs at Riverside 2. Photo: Gareth Gardner 110117GGA14

Line it up: Peel River Renegade batsmen Landan Price takes a big swing at this Armidale delivery on Wednesday.  Photo: Gareth Gardner 110117GGA

Line it up: Peel River Renegade batsmen Landan Price takes a big swing at this Armidale delivery on Wednesday. Photo: Gareth Gardner 110117GGA

Play and a miss: Hawkesbury batsmen Adrian Perer shows good form but was beaten by the Tamworth bowler with this delivery. Photo: Gareth Gardner 110117GGA

Play and a miss: Hawkesbury batsmen Adrian Perer shows good form but was beaten by the Tamworth bowler with this delivery. Photo: Gareth Gardner 110117GGA

Thinking man's game: Tamworth's Brayden Reid puts some serious thought into the next delivery as Tamworth skittled Hawkesbury. Photo: Gareth Gardner 110117GGA

Thinking man's game: Tamworth's Brayden Reid puts some serious thought into the next delivery as Tamworth skittled Hawkesbury. Photo: Gareth Gardner 110117GGA

On the ball: Tamworth keeper Lachlan Wesierski scampers after a loose ball as Tamworth booked a semi-final. Photo: Gareth Gardner 110117GGA07

On the ball: Tamworth keeper Lachlan Wesierski scampers after a loose ball as Tamworth booked a semi-final. Photo: Gareth Gardner 110117GGA07

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