Plumbers stay in the race to final

HALPIN’S Plumbing kept its hopes alive in the McDonald’s Tamworth Premier League with a resounding win over Locomotive Hotel last night and now those two sides will vie for a place in the final against Joblink Plus.

Joblink disposed of McDonald’s at Riverside 2 by 84 runs to cement a place in the decider while an under-manned Loco could only manage 67 with the bat against Halpin’s at Dick Edwards Oval.

“We can only do what we can do,” Halpin’s skipper Tim Kensell said.

“I   was very happy with the effort.

“We bowled and fielded very well early and that set the tone for the match.”

“It was a good game and everyone chipped in.”

Mitch Holt led the way with 3-15 and Dan Cunningham claimed 2-14 from four overs, but Loco’s shortened batting lineup also made the job easier.

Dean Hoy top-scored again but was removed for 20.

Cunningham then bashed his way to a quick 48 not out as Halpin’s polished off the runs inside nine overs.

“We only had seven when we went out and then two more came,” Loco skipper Michael Rixon said.

“I think if we lose next week we can miss out so we have to play well next week.”

That will be against the high-flying Joblink.

Halpin’s needs Joblink to win that one, then it has to beat Maccas, and score more sixes over the course of the competition than Loco.

It sounds like a tall order but at least Kensell’s side is in with a chance.

“We’ll go out and hit some sixes and see what happens,” he said.

“It’s good to win for Matt (Halpin) too because he puts a lot of effort in.”

Joblink’s fourth win in a row came on the back of a big partnership from Jamie Hammond (41no) and Kris Halloran (38no) at the end of the dig to set a total of 5-150.

Hammond (2-7) and Greg Kellett (4-12) then sent Maccas packing for just 66.