Tweed players chase SCG dream

THE Tweed District Cricket squad is primed and ready for its assault on the final stage of the SCG Country Cup after gathering for a final training run yesterday.

Skipper Jamie Wilson led his team through a quick practice in the nets before retiring for a bonding session over a few beers.

The Tweed side will head to Orange on Boxing Day with not only glory and regional pride at stake but the chance to play the final on the hallowed turf of the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Few players get the chance to play on what is one of the world’s iconic cricket grounds and Wilson yesterday said it was a goal that was driving the team to produce its best.

“It is almost as good as it gets,” Wilson said.

“You don’t get too many chances to play on the SCG ... it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

The Tweed will field an in-form line-up this year, one of the strongest to represent the district in recent years.

Bowlers James Julius and Josh Callegari have terrorised opposition batsmen in the opening rounds while batsman Tait Burns has been in devastating form with the willow.

“We are pretty evenly balanced, we are batting well and we are bowling really well,” Wilson said.

“Everyone is confident and we’re going to go down there and do our best and see what happens. Hopefully our best is good enough.”

Tweed, who have made the finals only twice in the eight years since the inception of the SCG Country Cup, enters this year’s finals series as the No.4 seed.

Tamworth is ranked No.1 ahead of Merewether and Queanbeyan.

Tweed’s quarter-final opponent, Hamilton Wickham, is seeded fifth with Parkes, University of Wollongong and Lake Illawarra rounding out the top eight.

Tweed will launch their finals series against Hamilton Wickham at Orange on December 27 and Wilson warned they would be a real danger.

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“I think there is a clean slate when you arrive at a competition like this ... everyone is good enough to win it,” Wilson said.

Despite being wary of the opposition, Wilson said Tweed would start the match full of confidence after a comprehensive 123-run victory over Manning on December 6.

That win, which ensured Tweed’s place in the finals, followed qualifying round victories over Ballina, Casino and Clarence River.

After the win over Manning, Wilson put the call out for support from sponsors and Tweed Coast Grass and Cudgen Leagues Club have come on board to support the team.

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