Bowlers claim first day honours

LATEST: South Tamworth have claimed the first innings advantage in the Tamworth first grade preliminary final dismissing West Tamworth for 58.

Souths took a little over an hour to wrap things up on Sunday morning.

 Angus McNeill had immediate success removing Harrison Kelly in the second over of the day.

Tom O’Neill picked up Warwick Fazakerley three overs later as Wests slumped to 6-45 after resuming at 4-39 in pursuit of Souths’ 96.

That became seven when McNeill, after two earlier lbw shouts and a catch that just fell short in the over, had Brendon Reynolds trapped in front the last ball of his fourth over.

He got the big wicket of Sage Cook (20), who was the set batsmen a run later.

Troy Osborne then joined the party, having Campbell Baker caught behind with his first ball of the day, before knocking over Jeff Cook’s pegs to give Souths a 45 run lead.

He finished with 3-17 while McNeill finished with 3-9 and O’Neill 4-25 from a 19 over haul that included 10 maidens.

EARLIER: The bowlers dominated proceedings on the first day of the Tamworth first grade preliminary final with 14 wickets falling.

After bowling South Tamworth out for 96, West Tamworth will resume on Sunday morning 4-39, and with some work to do.

Sage Cook is unbeaten on 16 and Harrison Kelly nine as they rebuild after Tom O’Neill bowled Dave Mudaliar first ball of the innings. 

Troy Osborne then had Daniel Collinson caught behind the next over to leave Wests 2-2.

Skipper Tim Kensell fell not long after and Sage Cook another 13 runs later, both to O’Neill, as Souths bowled their way back into the game.

O’Neill has 3-17 from his 10 overs with four maidens in that.

Earlier Souths again looked scratchy with the bat and were floundering at 6-48 before some late resistance from skipper Tom Groth (18), Mitch Smith (12) and James Dunstan (12no) got them close to 100.

Kensell was the destroyer and returned 4-14 from his 12 overs.

Kelly and Brendon Reynolds both supported with two wickets while Collinson and Scoble chipped in with one.

James Maltby (14) and Jack Massey (15) were the only other Souths batsmen to make double figures as for the second week in a row they struggled in their first innings.

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