Cricket: Souths, Wests and City win season opening Tamworth encounters

Michael Rixon's 90 wasn't enough to get North Tamworth over the line against West Tamworth on Saturday. Photo: Gareth Gardner
Michael Rixon's 90 wasn't enough to get North Tamworth over the line against West Tamworth on Saturday. Photo: Gareth Gardner

New skipper Dave Mudaliar led from the front as West Tamworth chased for a season opening win at Riverside 1 on Saturday.

Mudaliar scored 101 as Wests chased down North Tamworth’s 5-202 seven down and with five balls to spare.

He was out with Wests 20 short of victory, but Jamie Hartland (20no) and Steven Nathan (6no) finished off the job he and Dan Collinson (27) had started with a 53 run opening stand.

Earlier Michael Rixon had anchored the Redbacks’ innings with 90, Lachie Fauchon also chipping in with 34 and Glenn Lewington 28.

Next door, Ross Steyn steered City United to their first win for two seasons.

Coming in at six, Steyn was unbeaten on 50 as City passed Bective’s 6-171 with two overs to spare.

Toby Whale top-scored for 49 for Bective, Dave Brannan the next best with 27no.

South Tamworth meanwhile turned the tables on Old Boys in their grand final rematch at No.1 Oval, bowling the defending champions out for 164 in reply to their 7-204.

Chris Skilton provided some fireworks down the order for Souths with a quick 45 in an 80-run partnership with Tom Groth, who was 52no at the end alongside stand-in skipper Tom O’Neill (25no).

Mitch Swain was the pick of the bowlers for Old Boys with 3-29.