Tweed to show off cricket talents
LOCALS have long known that the cricketing talent on the Tweed is as good as any in the state, but victory tomorrow would bring the district side one step closer to letting the rest of the state in on the secret.
With convincing victories over Ballina away, Casino away and Clarence River at home, the Tweed lads moved effortlessly into the final-16 of the SCG Country Cup – a state-wide knockout.
Tomorrow they battle Manning at home on Reg Dalton Oval for the right to be crowned North Coast Champions and travel to Orange for a two-day, top-eight carnival after Christmas.
The final two teams standing will contest the decider on the Sydney Cricket Ground in late January.
“We made it to the top four six or seven years ago, but if we got to play on the SCG I think it would just about be the highlight of our lives,” captain Jamie Wilson said.
“I can’t put my finger on it, but everything has clicked this year.
“We’re showing everyone exactly the kind of cricket the Tweed boys are capable of.”
However Wilson admits to knowing little about their southern opponents.
“They’re unknown to us really, but then so were Clarence,” Wilson said. “I’ve tried to do a bit of research, but can’t really find any-thing anywhere, but obviously they’re still in the top 16, so it should be a good game.
“We’re just looking to win the toss, get in there and pile on another 250 to put the pressure on them.”
It was a great win for the Tweed 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, all three falling victim to run-outs until Jamie Wilson came in and knocked up a 119 not out to guide Tweed to 8/247.
The bowlers then did their job, dismissing Clarence six runs shy of the target.
With a great 95, it was Tait Burns who led the way against Casino at Oakes Oval in round two.
Tweed batted first, amassed 9/264, then rolled Casino for 130.
In round one they accounted for local rivals Ballina at Fripp Oval, after posting 228 and toppling the southerners for an even 200.
“All the bowlers have been good, particularly in the absence of two of our best strike bowlers in Mick Anderson and James Julius,” Wilson said. “Leigh Baker in particular has been exceptional.
“And with the bat, if someone’s not getting runs someone else is.
“It’s just been a great team effort.”
Play starts at 10am.