Tatts and RSL defend for Narrabri first grade wins

Tom Craig again led from the front as Tatts thumped Civeo to cement their hold on the Narrabri first grade competition lead.

The skipper has been in rich form with the willow. From six knocks he has scored 294 runs and is averaging 73.50 after smacking 64 on Saturday to help his side post 6-185 from their 45 overs.

It was the allrounder’s second half-century for the season and included five fours.

Brendon Ward also found the fence five times in his 35 and combined with Craig for an 88 run partnership for the second wicket to take them through to 2-120 in the 28th over.

Craig Gleeson also chipped in with 20 backing them up as Tatts set Civeo a challenging chase.

They suffered an early set-back losing opener Nick Smart early and when in-form skipper Lachlan Cameron was caught off the bowling of Michael Cain for 30 the wheels fell off Civeo’s chase with Nathan Collis (15) the only other batsmen to reach double figures as they were bundled out for just 71.

Cain was the chief destroyer claiming 4-16 from his nine overs. He was well supported by new ball partner Ryan O’Neill (3-48) with Craig and Alistair Hillard chiming in with a wicket each.

In the other game RSL made it two in a row with a 46 run win over Crossroads.

After chasing over 200 the previous week, they could only manage 149 on Saturday. That was thanks largely to a 56 run second wicket stand between Brayshaw brothers Jake (39) and Zaac (25), and a late cameo from Jarrett Tough (20).

Tom Davison led the charge for Crossroads with his nine wicket spell yielding 4-26.

Crossroads’ reply them limped along, Chris Sargent holding the early part of the innings together with 38 at the top of the order.

But there wasn’t a lot to follow him with Toby Linehan (13) and Patrick Legg (12) the next best as they replied with 103.

The RSL bowlers shared the spoils around with Hamish Duncan, Shane MacKenzie and Chris Watkins all picking up two wickets.

Jake Brayshaw also snared two wickets to cap off a man of the match performance.