No team undefeated as second round begins in Tamworth

TAMWORTH Premier League Twenty20 has reached the halfway stage with a surging Joblink Plus on top along with Locomotive Hotel and McDonald’s entering the second round with a breakthrough win against Halpin Plumbing.
Nanjing Night Net

McDonald’s beat Halpin Plumbing by four wickets with an over or so to spare at Dick Edwards Oval last Friday and now tackle a Locomotive Hotel side which lost its first game of the season when beaten by Joblink Plus by 92 runs at Riverside 2.

It enabled Joblink Plus to join Loco at the top of the McDonald’s Tamworth T20 after notching its first win the previous week.

Joblink Plus became the first side to break the 200-run mark this season when James Psarakis (44) and Richie O’Halloran (56) put on an opening stand of 63.

Psarakis smashed six fours and two sixes in his 16-ball stay while O’Halloran hit six fours and a six in his half century as he also played the anchor man role with Adam Jones (63 off 34) in their 102-run second wicket stand.

Jones cranked up five fours and two big sixes in his 34-ball stay as he also passed the century mark in runs.

Jones has 111 runs in his two innings from just 59 balls.

Psarakis has been consistent, scoring 123 runs at an average of 41 in his three innings.

Kris Halloran averages 44 for Joblink Plus as well.

Joblink made 5-201 on Friday and Loco replied with just 109 and, while beaten by 92 runs, opening bat Dean Hoy was in their bashing away as he does.

He hit four sixes and a four in his 10-ball 32 and has now amassed 171 runs at 57 from just 90 balls to be the leading rungetter.

Halpin Plumbing wicketkeeper Matty Everett has also been in the runs, scoring 119 at 59.5 after featuring with an unbeaten 57 in the four wicket loss to McDonald’s last Friday.

“We gave that one away today,” Halpin Plumbing franchisee Matt Halpin said.

“But I’d have to say we do have the youngest side. Young blokes like Matty (Everett), Daniel Cunningham, Dek Baker, Bryce Natty and the Holt boys.

“They’re all pretty young and great in the field.

“A bit of bad bowling let us down today but Harrison (Kelly) was brilliant too.”

Kelly smacked five fours and two successive sixes off leg-spinning Adam Pearson on his way to a 58-ball 78.

The NSW Country Under 19, who was hoping to win a State Under 19 berth in Sydney this week, opened the batting for Maccas and was out three wins shy of the win.

“When he switches on, he can bat,” Maccas skipper Ben Middlebrook said after the maiden win.

Middlebrook has also scored 56 runs and Kyle Wells 59.

Well’s unbeaten 26 was the perfect foil for Kelly in Friday’s win.

And Daniel Cunningham also made made his mark with bat and ball for HalpinPlumbing.

He’s scored 79 runs and taken four wickets.

Greg Kellett is the leading wicket-taker, having taken six wickets for Joblink Plus while Loco skipper Michael Rixon has five along with teammate Jarrard Abra.

Psarakis underlines his all- round abilities by also having taken four wickets while Chaise Crough has threewickets.

Josh Crowe, Rory Dempsey, Chris Bosshardt, Ben Middlebrook, Deklan Baker, Guy Watts, Mitch Holt, Tim Kensell, Ben Roughley and Nigel Parkinson all have two wickets apiece.

Maccas skipper Ben Middlebrook hits out. His side has a huge game against Loco Hotel at Dick Edwards Oval tonight. Photo: Barry Smith 091112BSE15

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