James Julius led the way with wickets in each of his first two overs against Manning.
James Julius led the way with wickets in each of his first two overs against Manning. Felicia Kosegi

Tweed one step from SCG

EVERYTHING went according to plan for the Tweed District cricket side in their SCG Country Cup clash with Manning River on Sunday.

Cementing their status as one of the premier outfits in the state, the Tweed boys destroyed the Manning line-up in double quick time to book their spot in the top eight final’s series in Orange after Christmas.

There they will be just one step away from playing in the grand final at the Sydney Cricket Ground in late January.

“It was another really good display from the boys, and we’re looking good for Orange,” skipper Jamie Wilson said.

“Everyone’s really excited about heading down for the play-offs and hopefully securing a spot in the big one.

“Manning seemed to underestimate us and showed us little respect as a side with their cockiness and field set-up, but that just gave us more incentive to hammer them.”

Boasting a solid contingent of Cudgen representatives, Tweed looked more than at home on a good Reg Dalton Oval wicket.

Having signalled his intentions to mount another daunting target during the week, Wilson called the toss and sent his troops out to do business.

With scores of 228, 264 and 247 against Ballina, Casino and Clarence River in their opening three fixtures, Wilson had every reason to be confident in his XI and they didn’t disappoint, rattling up a sturdy 239 before the final wicket fell in the 48th over.

Batting at three, Tait Burns was once again the stand-out performer for Tweed, fashioning a brilliant 91 to compliment his 95 from the Casino clash and further emphasise claims he is the form batsmen on the Northern Rivers.

“Tait has definitely turned a corner this year,” Wilson said.

“He has always had the talent, but this year he seems more committed and has come really good under Jack Boote at South Tweed.

“There was a lot of good support for Tait too, with everyone else chipping in between 20 and 30 runs, so again it was a good team effort.”

With the ball in hand, Tweed produced their most impressive display yet, ripping through the Manning defences from the very first over.

James Julius led the way with wickets in each of his first two overs (the first and third of the innings), and was superbly supported by Boote, Leigh Baker and the always intimidating Josh Callegari.

In the end the southerners could manage just a humiliating 116.

Tweed now meet Merewether, Tamworth, Queanbeyan, University of Wollongong, Lake Illawarra, Parkes and either Hamilton-Wickham or Woy Woy (match to be played) in Orange.

“We will have an exceptional 14-man team to take down, bolstered by the return of Heath Wilson and Michael Anderson to the squad,” Wilson said.

“We’re also in dire need of some sponsorship for proper training gear and team outfits to make us more professional.”

Anyone interested in sponsoring the Tweed District Cricket side can contact Wilson on 0410 249 055.

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