Tweed reps into North Coast final

IT was a great win for the Tweed rep side over Clarence River (Grafton District) on Sunday in round three of the SCG Country Cup.

Tweed batted first and were in all sorts of trouble at 3/25, with all three falling victim to run-outs.

Jamie Wilson came in and knocked up a magnificent 119 not out and was involved in major partnerships with Jack Boote 32, Grant Thompson 17 (off 15 balls) and Leigh Baker’s 7 not out at the end.

Defending their 8/247, Tweed started well, having Clarence 3/28, then 4/78 after Josh Callegari (2/50) and Leigh Baker (1/43) opened up powerfully, before Jack Boote (2/39) took a wicket at first change.

Terry Wilson bounced back after having 14 taken off his first over to record figures of 4/60 off his 10 overs.

Tweed looked home when the visitors slumped to 9/145.

Clarence, needing more than 100 runs with their last pair at the crease, gave Tweed a real shock, coming within six runs of the target. Clarence’s last pair had a 97-run partnership, and the batsmen scored 78 and 16 to put a real scare into the Tweed boys.

Grant Thompson and Jordyn Wilson combined to be the last-wicket heroes, with a great catch from Jordyn on the boundary after a bravely flighted ball from Grant.

Tweed progress to round four of the knockout competition and will play either Hastings (Port Macquarie) or Manning (Taree).

The winner of that battle will be declared North Coast Champions and get to travel to Orange for a two-day carnival to decide the last two teams in this knockout.

The final is played on the Sydney Cricket Ground in late January.

THE Tweed fourth grade comp, consisting of 12 teams, looks to be very competitive.

The ladder has Terranora and Cudgen 2 equal on top with 36 points, Cudgen 1 in third place on 29, Terranora 3 and Pottsville equal in fourth on 24, and Terranora 1 in sixth place on 22.

This is going to be a very close final four come the end of the season.

WITH my little rant about an insignificant one-day series and resting players last week, I see that Graham Manou, the stand-in wicket-keeper during the Indian series, flew home to take part in the Bulls v South Australia match in Alice Springs last Saturday.

Manou doesn’t have a Cricket Australia contract (not being in the top 25 domestic players) and was unable to be forced to rest by Cricket Australia.

Funnily enough, he finished the match fine.

Cricket Australia have ordered a number of current Test players to rest in this round of Sheffield Shield matches in the lead-up to next Thursday’s first Test in Brisbane – mind boggling!

Interestingly, this match at the Alice was the first-ever “first class” match played there, and the ground and facilities looked top class.

Great to see the game expanding into the Northern Territory, with some winter Tests and one-day internationals having been held in Darwin.

Until next week, see you in the middle.

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