There was a familiar sight at Riverside 2 on Saturday, as North Tamworth skipper Brendan Rixon stood at the crease and delivered, en route to a game-high 78 that propelled the Redbacks to a comfortable one-day win over Bective East.
In a match shortened to 36 overs due to rain on Friday, Norths lost only three wickets as they chased down Bective’s 6-149.
The winning runs were struck in 27th over, with Michael Rixon (25) and teenage new signing Henry Smith (4) the not out batsmen.
Norths have kept most of last season’s side together, and added young blood through wicketkeeper Smith and opening bowler Jaiden Tasker.
“It’s good to get some runs early in the season,” Rixon said of his 78.
He added: “We had a lot of contributors with the ball. Four of our five bowlers took wickets and they were all reasonably economical.”
Peter Watson (2-24 off seven overs) and Adam Mills (2-25 off seven overs) led the way for Norths with the ball, with Lachlan Barton (63 not not) top-scoring for Bective East.