Just wasn’t what we did last summer

CRICKET Albury Wodonga has been bundled out of the SCG Cup in the quarter-finals.

The representative squad travelled to the NSW South Coast at the weekend looking for two wins and a chance for redemption.

But there was to be no repeat of the heroics from the previous summer when it made the final of the cup at the SCG after it was unable to chase down Tamworth’s 154 at the Kevin Walsh Oval at Jamberoo.

Captain James McNeil said there were no excuses for the batting.

“We were pretty confident after keeping them to that score from the 50 overs,” he said.

“The talent in this squad is more than capable of chasing down that sort of score even at this level of cricket.

“All we needed was one decent partnership, someone to get 50 but that just never looked like happening.

“We played some pretty poor shots in the end.”

Earlier in the day CAW had won the toss and had Tamworth 6-44 before an almost 70-run partnership for the seventh wicket steadied the ship.

The Border side in reply could only make 114, losing its last six wickets for 22 runs.

“We were really good with the new ball,” McNeil said.

“Byron Hales and Steve Wood got two and three wickets, while Ryan Brown bowled his 10 overs for just 21 runs.

“And we never really let them get away at any stage. I couldn’t fault our performance in the field.”

Wood was best with the ball finishing with 3/17 off eight overs, while McNeil top scored with 26.

Angus McNeill did the damage for Tamworth with 4-21 off his 10 overs.

CAW’s next challenge will be to defend its title in the ACT Konica-Minolta Cup.

It will play in the semi-final of the Twenty20 competition against Queanbeyan on Sunday, January 19.

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