West Tamworth were unable to take winning momentum into their major semi-final against Old Boys this weekend, but their skipper David Mudaliar saw enough positives in the loss to Bective East to remain optimistic.
At Riverside 2 on Sunday, the last-placed Bulls chased down Wests’ 200 to finish a promising season on a high with a six-wicket win.
The Bulls batted on after passing the total in the hope Lachie Barton would make his maiden first-grade century. The teen fell for 99 – caught at short midwicket.
Mudaliar said there were “important things” Wests would take out of the game, including Shaun Stevenson returning from injury to score 66 “under pressure” and Jeff Cook making 67.
He said it was a “hard game to get up for” given second-placed West went into the clash with a big lead over third-placed South Tamworth.
“We’ve done enough during the year,” he said, adding: “You’ve got to get back on it next week because it’s a long semi-final series.”
Best with the ball for Bective was teen quick Lachlan Davidson, who capped off a top season with 4-68 off 17.5 overs.
Bulls skipper Adam Jones made 35 not out, while Brock Ridgewell claimed 2-33 for Wests.