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Redbacks pip Old Boys at top

NORTH Tamworth claimed the minor premiership with an outright win over City at Chaffey Park as Bective beat Old Boys at No 1 Oval to allow the Redbacks to reclaim their spot at the top, while South Tamworth showed they are still a force when they outrighted a dismal West Tamworth at Dick Edwards Oval.

Ben Middelbrook puts his back into this one as he tried to hit Old Boys back into minor premiership contention on Saturday to no avail. Photo: Gareth Gardner 070315GGE07

The final day of the final round games was drama- packed across Tamworth’s questionable wickets, where 150 is now a winning total and the bowlers are enjoying more success than they were allowed at the start of theseason.

Last week the Redbacks had their foot on City’s throat, having them 6-23 at stumps chasing 156, and they didn’t let it off this week.

It didn’t get any better for City as they were bowled out for just 43 in the first innings, Terry Kampe top-scoring with just seven.

Their position was made worse by the fact that they were only playing with ten as Redbacks skipper Michael Rixon sent them back in.

Only the two Dans, Whale (41) and Lawrence (31), put up any resistance and managed a decent partnership but had no other support whatsoever.

Four fours, three ducks and a one made up the rest of the book, and summed up City’s inconsistent year as they crashed out of finals contention and the season, all out for 105.

Across the river at No 1 Oval, current premiers Old Boys only needed first innings points to sew up another minor premiership.

They resumed at 1-30 also chasing 156, but soon ran into trouble as Col Smyth got some wind in his sails.

Smyth took Aaron Hazlewood’s wicket last week and had Abel Carney caught behind soon afer play resumed.

Lachie Davidson chimed in, trapping Adam Lole in front, and then a stroke of luck changed the game.

When Simon Norvill was run out by Justin Kellett for one run, Old Boys seemed to lose momentum and, despite a desperate and inspiring effort from Ben Middlebrook to get them going again, Smyth kept answering the question, eventually finishing with 6-67 from 22 overs after bowling right through.

Middlebrook finished with 64 although, like City, there were only two batsmen with double figures as they were all out for 120.

Bective went back in and occupied the crease to finish at 6-113, content to take the confidence and momentum of beating the premiers into the finals.

Wests were another side that fell cheaply, with the game barely going an hour into play this week before Souths claimed the outright.

Wests resumed at 4-16 and 66 chasing 143 and were toppled again to be all out for 54, Tim Kensell’s 32 not out the only shining light and the only score above 5, as Angus McNeill routed them to also finish with six.

The results mean that Bective will play South at Dick Edwards Oval in the minor semi next weekend, while minor premiers North will meet current premiers Old Boys at No 1 in the major semi.

Both games will be played Saturday and Sunday, with play starting at 1pm both days.

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