Cricket: North Tamworth preparing for 90th celebrations

Milestone: (L-R) Harry Lewington, Tania Thompson (Regional Australia Bank), Donny Lewington (Sportspower), Dean Thompson (Regional Australia Bank), Adam Daly (president) and John Rixon (life member) are gearing up for North's 90th celebrations.
Milestone: (L-R) Harry Lewington, Tania Thompson (Regional Australia Bank), Donny Lewington (Sportspower), Dean Thompson (Regional Australia Bank), Adam Daly (president) and John Rixon (life member) are gearing up for North's 90th celebrations.

North Tamworth is celebrating it’s 90th summer of cricket.

One of the oldest continually running clubs in Tamworth, the club was initially formed in 1927 but didn’t actually play their first game until early in 1928, Norths president Adam Daly said.

They’ve had a presence on the local cricket pitches every year since bar the years during World War 2 when there was no cricket at all played.

To commemorate the milestone Daly said the club is planning a gala celebration on February 24 next year.

“There’ll be a 1920’s theme and guest speakers,” he said.

“We’re looking to invite all of the older players.” 

As another special touch, this years playing shirts all have 90th anniversary stitched into the collars.

The baggy is also back.

“Just for this year we’ve gone back to the traditional black baggies,” Daly said.

The Redbacks’ second grade captain, Daly said quite a few ex-players have also come back to have one final trundle.

”Obviously we’re trying to build on what we did last season. We won three out of the four grades,” he said. 

It was an historic season for the club sweeping the three lower grade premierships for the first time, Daly’s second grade side completing the puzzle with a memorable victory.

He noted some of the young talent coming through the ranks. 

Club stalwart Donny Lewington’s sons Harry and Mick have both stepped up to grade cricket this season with Harry claiming two wickets on debut in fourth grade. 

Taking the new ball at the other end, Sam Anderson snared two wickets in his first over for the club.