Glen Innes cricket sides finally scores a win

NOT THE BEST DAY OUT: Joel Jackson gets bowled for a duck in the Connolly Cup match against Tamworth.
NOT THE BEST DAY OUT: Joel Jackson gets bowled for a duck in the Connolly Cup match against Tamworth.

Glen Innes have won their first match in the Inverell Cricket Association competition since joining at the start of the season.

After cancelling their senior competition for the 2019-2020 season, Glen Innes opted to enter a team in the Inverell tournament.

Their opening two matches saw them suffer heavy defeats, bowled out for 77 and 90, before climbing back in the fourth round to post 9-227 before eventually being pipped in an improved effort.

Their most recent round five start on Saturday finally saw patience pay off with a victory against the Warriors, even though a handful of players were out due to the bushfires in the Glen Innes area.

Batting first, Glen Innes were dealt a blow early with Luke Mepham bowled for a duck before Ritesh Shakhawat and opener Tim Voigt got things going.

Shakhawat departed on 18 but that brought schoolboy Harry Cooke to the crease who, along with Voigt, added much-needed runs to the Glen Innes scorecard.

Voight's innings came to an end when he was bowled on 41 but Brandon Levy stepped up.

Cooke was caught on 34 and then it was Joel Jackson's turn to step up to the crease.

Levy kept going, finding the boundary on multiple occasions for 54 while Jackson notched up 34.

Dean Swaffer added 40 towards the end of Glen's 40 overs.

John Dowling finished the innings on 12 not out while Dale Tilbrooke on two not out in Glen's total of 7-275.

With the ball, it was the youngster in Cooke who put Glen Innes on the front foot early.

He snared the wickets of the first two openers.

Tilbrooke took the next two wickets to have the Warriors at 4-32.

The home side's middle order dug in before Mepham disrupted the partnership with a wicket.

Jackson claimed the next two scalps.

Nathan Matthews then chimed in with a wicket of his own before Cooke wrapped up the Warriors' time at the crease with back-to-back wickets.

Cooke finished with 4-45, Tilbrooke 2-19, Mepham 1-10, Jackson 2-44 and Matthews 1-24.

The following day saw Glen Innes head to Tamworth for the second round of the Connolly Cup.

A couple of forced changed occurred from the team who took on the Warriors day before but it wasn't a positive day out for Glen Innes.

The visitors batted first and were all out for 74.

With the ball, it was the teenager Kaleb Hope who provided the most resistance with two wickest from five overs and only eight runs scored against him. But Tamworth chased down the total with eight wickets in hand.