SOME of the region’s best junior cricketers have put their best foot forward during the opening day of the Tamworth Junior Cricket Carnival on Monday.
Sides from both NSW and Queensland began their week-long campaign at Riverside each aiming to take out top honours.
Tamworth began its campaign with a solid 50-run victory over West Pennant Hills.
After a sluggish start, Heramb Dayananda (31 not out) helped guide the side to a formidable total of 9-153.
In reply, West Pennant Hills could not get their innings going, losing wickets at regular intervals to eventually be dismissed for 103.
Tamworth co-coach Barry Pratten said Dayananda’s “rearguard action” helped the side post a winning total.
“Our start was mediocre I thought with three of our top order batters being run out,” Pratten said.
“However, we are able to pull together late in the innings and we finished up winning quite comfortably.”
Pratten said his side’s bowlers would also be looking to improve throughout the carnival.
“Our bowlers were quite good, although we did give away 31 sundries, so that’s something we will certainly look to work on,” he said.
“At this level giving away that many free runs will really hurt you, so will being run out, so there’s a few things for us to work on going forward.”
In the day’s other action, an invitational team made up of Gunnedah cricketers were handed their playing caps by former Australian test bowler Craig McDermott.
McDermott was along to see his son Zack take to the field for Gold Coast in their clash with the Invitational side. Gold Coast eventually proved too strong claiming a seven-wicket victory.
Tamworth will now look to make it two from two when it takes on the Invitational side on Tuesday.