AFTER weeks of bowling in the nets Tamworth’s junior cricketers got their first taste of Northern Inland representative action on Sunday.
Some middle order hitting from Oliver McGill (44) helped guide Tamworth Blue to a competitive total of 221 in their clash with Tamworth Gold in the under 16s.
Landen Price was the chief destroyer for Tamworth Gold picking up 4-35.
Tamworth Gold coach Damien Henry said the game “was a good hit out for the boys.”
“I think both teams would have taken a lot out of it,” Henry said.
“To be honest I think they were all a bit sick of bowling in the nets and wanted to get out there in the middle and get into it.”
In reply, Tamworth Gold looked to be making steady inroads towards the target thanks to patient knocks from Callum Henry (36) and Kilian Apen (34) until quick wickets saw Tamworth Blue regain control to eventually restrict Tamworth Gold to 9-188.
“We had two objectives before the game,” Henry said.
“The first was to bowl them out inside of their 50 overs, which we were able to do, albeit for a few more runs than we were hoping.
“The second was to bat out our 50 overs, which we were also able to do.
“I’m sure doing those things on Sunday will really give my younger guys a lot of confidence.”
In the first round’s other matches, Tamworth Blue were able to secure victories over Tamworth Gold in both the under 14s and under 12s.
Top performers were Ben Livingstone (48), Charlie Henderson (43), Logan Spinks (30), Riley Gentle (71*) and Blake Wicks (66*).