An "over the moon" Quirindi captain Aaron King has described the side's historic Connolly Cup win over Tamworth as "a really big day" for cricket in the small town.
In a high-quality affair at Quirindi on Sunday, the underdogs chased down 201 with eight balls to spare in the 50-over clash.
On debut for Quirindi, off-spinning allrounder Jye Paterson took 5-31 off 10 overs and then scored 119 batting at No 3.
It was Quirindi's first win over a side, other than Peel Valley, since returning to the Connolly Cup three seasons ago.
In fact, King - whose history with Quirindi pre-dates the side's absence from the annual competition - said: "I haven't heard of a Quirindi win over Tamworth since I've been apart of cricket."
"Everybody's just over the moon," he also said, adding: "It's a really big day for the association and for the boys."
After winning the toss and batting, Tamworth's innings came to an end in the 42nd over - with skipper Simon Norvill top-scoring (44). Opener Hayden Baker made 34, while Daniel Bryant struck four sixes en route to 32.
Bryant, a left-arm quick, then took 3-36 off 10 overs as Quirindi finished on 203.
In Gunnedah on Sunday, Narrabri beat Central North Colts by 83 runs at the John Longmuir Playing Fields.
Cooper Brayshaw top-scored with 56 as Narrabri made 172 in 49.5 overs. Matt Holmes and Jedd Collins both took two wickets for Central North.
Three Narrabri bowlers - Dylan Smith, Jordyn Mowle and Jade Lees - then each took two wickets as Central North were removed for 89 in 27 overs.
Lachlan Page top-scored for Colts with 21.
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