Tweed's chances at SCG Cup over

TWEED District Cricket representatives were last night ruing missed opportunities after their SCG Country Cup campaign came to a disappointing end.

Tweed were upstaged by Hamilton Wickham in their quarter-final clash at Orange yesterday.

Having recovered from a terrible start, Tweed threatened to steal an unlikely victory but a horror day in the field put paid to their chances.

The adage “catches win matches” could not have been truer with the Tweed fielders dropping five chances as Hamilton Wickham reached the target with two wickets in hand.

Despite the loss, Tweed manager James Marcus said there was plenty to like about the team’s performance in the state-wide competition.

“The boys can hold their heads up high as they played well throughout the carnival and reached the knockout stage with the top eight teams in country New South Wales,” Marcus said.

“All the boys are going to stick together and play again next year and they are pushing for Jamie Wilson to stay on as captain because he did a great job this year.”

Sent out on a “terrible”, rain-affected wicket, Tweed were in trouble early, slumping to 5-13 before a valiant effort from the lower order salvaged the innings.

Leigh Baker (28 not out) and Josh Gallagher (38) combined for a vital partnership while Josh Baker added a timely 38 and Tait Burns provided a brave 25 runs before retiring hurt with a sprained ankle.

With only a meagre total to defend, the Tweed bowling attack were quick to break through. Michael Anderson collected two wickets and could have had more but for dropped catches.

Leg spinner Arlin Marcus finished with four wickets and Baker backed up his good work with the bat by claiming two wickets but their efforts were in vain with Hamilton Wickham reaching their target with five overs to spare.

The final of the competition will be played at the SCG.

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