Cricket: Hosts step closer to Tamworth Invitational Carnival final spot

IN FORM: Jess Davidson in action for Tamworth against Armidale at Riverside 1. She claimed 2-28 off nine overs. Photo: Peter Hardin
IN FORM: Jess Davidson in action for Tamworth against Armidale at Riverside 1. She claimed 2-28 off nine overs. Photo: Peter Hardin

Tamworth may have secured a berth in the final after taking their game to “another level” with a comfortable victory over Armidale in an under-14 one-day clash at Riverside 1 on Wednesday.

Tamworth coach Joe Cameron said a win over WPHCC in a final preliminary round clash on Thursday would definitely earn his side a spot in the six-team Tamworth Invitational Carnival on Friday.

The hosts have three wins from four games, with Cameron labelling Wednesday’s victory the best yet.

After winning the toss and batting, Armidale were dismissed for 103 from 45 overs in the 50-over match.

Tamworth chased down the total in the 38th over for the loss of three wickets. Cameron praised his outfit’s team effort.

He said: “They’re all getting along, they’re improving each day, they’re playing as one unit. It makes my job a lot easier.

“It was a complete team effort. That’s the most pleasing thing to see from the coaching side of it.”

What was also pleasing to see, Cameron said, was the way Tamworth’s bowlers hunted as a pack.

Opening duo Tarlan Ward and Sam Clark claimed 3-11 off nine overs and 3-14 off nine overs to inflict most damage, but Cameron said all six bowlers used were “exceptional”.

He said: “They [Ward and Clark] were very straight and very full. They got a lot of swing. We had three girls bowling for us as well … and they were all really consistent.”

Jessica Davidson – who made her first-grade debut on Saturday playing in a one-dayer for Bective East against City United – bagged 2-28 off nine overs, Lara Graham snared 1-8 off six overs and Isabella Cameron claimed 1-17 off six overs.

Ned Shortis top-scored for Armidale with 21.

Tamworth’s top scorers were Graham (28), Cameron (22 not out) and Davidson (20).

Meanwhile, Central North lost a Twenty20 clash to Central Coast in the under-14 Kookaburra Cup in Armidale on Wednesday.

After winning the toss and batting, Central Coast finished on 6-128. Central North finished on 6-89 in reply.

Jack Hamilton was the pick of Central North’s attack (2-4 off one over), while Sebastian Parry (41) top-scored for Central Coast.

Callum Henry (33 not out) top-scored for Central North, while  Alexander Bell (3-18 off four overs) was the best bowler for Central Coast.