Tamworth’s under 12s cricket side is packed with all-round ability and for good reason.
The side – co-coached by Don Lewington and Peter Holmes – will play in the Lismore Under 12 Carnival from Tuesday to Friday this week.
And there’s one rule at the carnival Lewington said would work in Tamworth’s favour.
“Teams have to use seven bowlers so that will be a positive for us,” Lewington said.
“We have a lot of players that can bat and bowl.”
Along with the side’s all-round ability, a number of players – headed by co-captains Logan Spinks and Harry Lewington – have plenty of experience playing longer matches of cricket.
The carnival will see Tamworth play 360 overs of cricket split into four 25-over matches – to be played on Tuesday and Wednesday – and two 40-over games – on Wednesday and Thursday.
Logan and Harry were two of four players that played in last year’s tournament and the pair also play fourth grade in Tamworth – along with teammate Charlie Walsh – but for the majority of the side it will be a new experience playing so much cricket.
“A lot of these boys wouldn't have been exposed to that [so much cricket] and it’s a great starting point,” Lewington said.
“It will be the first out of town carnival for a lot of the kids as well. They’re all excited and they’ll be very tired by the end of the week but it’s a great learning curve for them.”
Tamworth starts its carnival campaign against Illawarra.
The semi-finals will be played on Thursday while the grand finals for the carnival will take place on Friday.