Bulls early leaders

Five for: Cooper Barnes has hit the season from a long run up taking 5-14 as Bective dismantled North Tamworth on Saturday. Photo: Barry Smith 181216BSD29
Five for: Cooper Barnes has hit the season from a long run up taking 5-14 as Bective dismantled North Tamworth on Saturday. Photo: Barry Smith 181216BSD29

Bective East and West Tamworth destroyed their opposition with the ball before chasing the runs for bonus point wins in their second grade Tamworth first grade clashes on Saturday.

Bective secured a double bonus point after routing North Tamworth for just 97 before hitting the total in 20 overs. 

At Dick Edwards Oval, four wicket hauls from Brendon Reynolds and Daniel Cunningham paved the way for Wests to be five wicket winners over a limp Old Boys.

After dismissing the defending champions for a paltry 100, they then chased down the runs inside 23 overs to just miss out on the double bonus point.

“It was a fantastic win,” Wests skipper Dave Mudaliar said.

They set it up with the ball and “some fantastic bowling”.

Reynolds led the charge. He provided the initial, and key, breakthrough trapping Simon Norvill in front for nine.

Two runs later opening partner Adam Lole became the first of Cunningham’s four scalps.

He picked up his second two balls later and from there Old Boys never recovered.

Mudaliar was filling in the skippering duties for Tim Kensell and is excited by how the attack is taking shape, particularly Reynolds and boom young quick Tom Scoble as an opening tandem.

“That has a good look to it,” he said.

Reynolds returned to clean up the tail and finish with 4-11 from his 6.1, while Cunningham nabbed 4-27.

Mudaliar was also impressed with the attitude in the field.

He then led the way with an unbeaten 27 as they replied with 5-101.

Warwick Fazakerley also made 27 with Reynolds hitting a quick-fire 17.

Old Boys skipper Ben Middlebrook side his side just weren’t in it.

“They were the way better side,” he said.

“We didn’t perform in any aspect.”

It started with the bat, with his 23 the best.

“There were some ordinary shots in there and we didn’t apply ourselves,” he said.

The bowling wasn’t much better.

Meanwhile over the bridge at Chaffey Park the Bective Bulls bowlers were in top form as they fell first round winners North Tamworth for 97.

Glen Lewington (20) looked to be in good nick at the top for the Redbacks, putting on an opening stand of 22 with Lincoln Peters (9) before Michael Rixon came to the crease.

Rixon was in good form in the opening week and looked like he might go on again, although a good ball from spinner Harrison Kelly saw him scoop one to Greg Tighe before Cooper Barnes swept through the middle order with no other batsmen scoring more than 10.

Bective skipper Adam Jones said that Barnes had the ball on the spot as the first change quick took quick wickets to have the Redbacks struggling at 7-90 after taking 5-14 from eight overs, including three maidens, before Tighe and Kelly cleaned up the tail.

In reply the Bulls started with a flourish as Nick Pearson plundered 53 runs at the top, including a 53 run opening stand with first round hero Jye Paterson (15).

Toby Whale copped a duck as the Bulls chased the double bonus point, before Kelly and Tyson Rennie got them over the line.

“We bowled really well and were better than last week,” Jones said.

“Two wins is a great start.”