Tamworth junior sides struggle at carnivals

TAMWORTH’S travelling junior sides struggled at carnivals at Lismore, Ballina and Taree yesterday. 

The U12s, U13s and U16s all suffered losses.

At Old Bar the 16s didn’t do enough with the bat against North Coast.

“Our top three batters got runs which was good, but we didn’t get enough runs,” manager Deidre Baker said.

They could only manage 142, although they did stick it out for 43 overs.

“We were going really well at the top but had a big collapse at the end,” Baker said.

Harrison Pettit (22), Will Burke (18) and Campbell Baker (16) were the main contributors.

It was then tough going with the ball, with Tom Smith (2-26) the best of the bowlers as North Coast chased the runs only two wickets down.

“We bowled really tight. There were hardly any wides and no balls,” Baker said.

“But once the ball got through a gap it just took off.”

The windy conditions didn’t help.

In Ballina, the 13s were well beaten by Newcastle in their match-up at Kingsford Smith South.

The Chris Paterson-coached side was chasing in excess of 200 after the Novocastrians made 7-241.

“We struggled a bit. They got on top of us pretty well,” Paterson said.

There wasn’t one batsman who really got away from them, he said, but most got into their 20s, 30s or 40s.

Toby Whale was the pick of the bowlers with 3-25 from his five.

Ryan Constable (2-38) and Kyle Cullen (1-28) were the two other successful bowlers.

Tamworth’s reply then never really got off the ground and it was all out for 106.

“We had a few run-outs early,” Paterson said.

Whale followed up his efforts with the ball with 22 at the top of the order.

He was the second top scorer behind number eight Kuzi Jaravani with 23.

At the Lismore invitational carnival, the 12s played two 25-over games. 

Both batted second and were chasing fairly big totals.

Manly was first-up and posted 4-159.

Conrad George (2-32) and Jo Doherty (1-17) were the pick of the Tamworth bowlers. 

Tamworth, in reply, could then only manage 8-60.

 Hamish Fauchon top-scored with 14 while George made nine.

Its second game was against Far North Coast Green. 

They made 7-161 which proved out of reach of Tamworth, with its 4-118 falling well short.

Doherty and Lachlan Barton were the best performers with the bat, both retiring with 25.

Doherty was also among the wickets, picking up 1-21 to support Logan Barnes (2-14) and Sam Buster (1-18).