Tamworth's quest to win the Over 50s Cricket State Championship was dashed on day one of the carnival this week.
Taking on the home team and eventual winners, Central Coast, Tamworth posted 8-147 on a field described as "quite slow" by captain Steve Wilson.
The Tamworth side had to find their runs the hard way. They didn't hit a single four in the match while Central Coast managed five boundaries.
"There was a lot more running than we would have liked," Wilson said.
Chris Paterson (40 retired not out) topped the scoring for Tamworth but it wasn't enough as Central Coast chased the runs with 3.2 overs to spare.
"It was a crucial game, they went on to win it," Wilson said.
"They had a bit of wet weather so the outfields were quite slow.
"There wasn't a lot of big scores over the three days."
Tamworth bounced back on day two with a comprehensive seven-wicket win against Macquarie Valley before ending the carnival with a 73-run loss against the Western Wildfires.
They ended up finishing sixth with Paterson (60) and Peter Mead (57) leading the way with the bat at the carnival.
With the ball, Phillip Constable took the most wickets for Tamworth with six at an average of 9.5.
Despite the extra running, Wilson said the side pulled up alright after the carnival.
"We got through the three days fairly well," Wilson said.
"Most of the guys share the workload of the batting and bowling fairly well."
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