North Tamworth has locked up the all-important minor premiership with a convincing win over Old Boys in the Tamworth District Cricket Association first grade competition.
It's the Redbacks first minor premiership since 2015 and could turn out to be one of the most crucial ones they've claimed.
"It's pretty important with the weather that's been around," Norths captain Adam Greentree said.
"We've missed a fair bit of cricket the last few months and to be sitting in the box seat, we're extremely happy."
If matches are washed out in the finals, the higher team progresses.
The weather wasn't a problem on Saturday at No. 1 Oval as the Redbacks batted first as a familiar name led the way.
Brendan Rixon carved out 49 runs on a day where boundaries along the deck were a rarity. Just 11 fours were hit in the match.
Rixon instead went over the top with three maximums alongside his two fours.
Support came from Joseph Holt (23), Pete Watson (15*) and Cameron Reeves (13*) to see Norths to 8-142 in the 40-over match.
"The outfield is terribly slow at No. 1 Oval so that was a really good score. Probably the equivalent of 200 on another ground," Greentree said.
"We batted really well then Cameron Reeves (2-23) was excellent and Pete Watson was phenomenal as well. He bowled seven or eight overs for 16 runs and got three wickets."
Reeves' opening partner Brad Redshaw also starred with the ball on his way to 3-20 as Old Boys were bowled out for 92 in just under 30 overs.
Just three Old Boys batsmen - Aaron Hazlewood (13), Daniel Bryant (11) and Luke Knight (10) made it to double figures in the loss.
In the other first grade games, Bective-East defeated South Tamworth by 26 runs while City United scored a 106-run win over West Tamworth.
The results see City United five points adrift of Norths on the ladder in second. Old Boys finished third with South Tamworth in fourth.
Norths and City will now clash for a spot in the grand final while Old Boys and South Tamworth will be fighting to keep their season alive when they meet next weekend.
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