Tamworth Invitational Carnival

Two days after making her Tamworth District Cricket Association first grade debut, Jess Davidson is continuing her dream run.

Padding up for Tamworth at the Tamworth Invitational Carnival, Davidson scored a blistering 120 not out on Monday against the Barbarians.

Seeing a score of 120 not out reads incredibly whatever way you look at it but Tamworth under 14s coach Joe Cameron shed some light on just how brilliant the innings was.

“She never gave a chance, never got dropped,” Cameron said of Davidson.

“We lost five kids to the Kookaburra Cup and I had to bring in reserves, Jess Davidson was one and she’s got talent to burn. She was just brilliant today.

“And I actually retired her because of the hot weather with five or six overs to go purely so she can last out the week.”

Cameron also said Davidson’s innings was a “pleasure to watch”.

“[She has] a lot of power. At times she can hit four, five fours consecutively, then push five delicate singles. She’s got the complete game,” Cameron said.

Davidson found a sound batting partner in Isabella Cameron (42) and the pair put on a century stand batting at three and four.

While Davidson went after the bowling attack, Isabella played a supporting role, coach Cameron said.

”Isabella at times did hit a few boundaries and was aggressive when she needed to be but she was also trying to keep Jess on strike,” Joe said.

Tamworth finished the innings with 5-268 on the board.

With the ball, Lara Graham continued the female dominance in the match with 3-17 as she led the way with the ball for Tamworth.

In the end, the Barbarians were bowled out for 97.

Manly also scored a big victory.

There was no stopping the Northern Beaches players as they scored 7-293 before bowling West Pennant Hills-Cherrybrook out for 55.

Jack Chick (71*), Jackson Griffiths (73*) and Hurshwin Sharma (51 retired not out) all scored unbeaten half-centuries in the mammoth score.

Danielle Chivers (2-16) was West Pennant Hills-Cherrybrook’s most probing bowler.

With a half-century in the bag, Sharma went about tearing through West Pennant Hills-Cherrybrook’s batting lineup, claiming four wickets in the process.

Amardeep Gill managed 20 runs in the 238-run loss.

The match between Armidale and Nambucca-Bellingen was the closest of the day.

Well-played knocks from Joshua Perry (45) and Will McKinney (38 retired not out) saw Nambucca-Bellingen post 164 from 50 overs as Armidale’s Brock Parsons (3-31) snared a treble.

Despite the best efforts of Ben Heagney (74) – who came to the crease in the opening over and was then the last wicket to fall in the 41st over – Armidale wasn’t able to reel in the score.

Logan Donovan (4-23) opened the bowling and helped Nambucca-Bellingen to a 39-run win.


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