DESPITE finishing the regular season in first position Moree will have to travel to Tamworth on Sunday for the final of the MA Connolly Cup.
Moree captain Chris Holland said his side were disappointed they wouldn’t get to host the final.
“I think it’s ridiculous that we finished first, but we’ve got to travel to Tamworth because they have to run the War Veterans Cup final with the MA Connolly. That’s what we’ve been told anyway,” Holland said.
“Can you imagine if we made the War Veterans Cup final and Tamworth had to come to Moree? I don’t think they’d allow that to happen,” he said.
Moree accounted for the Dumaresq Colts by 20 runs on Sunday in a high-scoring match where over 600 runs were scored.
“We thought the pitch might have played a bit up and down and crumbled towards the end of the match but it didn’t happen. It was still a good toss to win.”
Moree openers Nick Bettington and Jordan Cosh got their side off to a great start with the first wicket not falling until the 19th over when Bettington departed for 35 after being adjudged LBW.
“Betto and Coshy batted extremely well and we were only about two or three down after 30 overs,” Holland said.
“That allowed us to mix up the batting order a little bit where our power-hitters in Ben Day and Kyle O’Connor could go and score freely.”
Cosh top-scored with 86 while O’Connor compiled a hard-hitting 76 before Day chipped in with 45 as Moree set an imposing target of 319 to win.
In reply, Holland claimed the early wicket of Lochlan Elks before the Colts’ middle order, led by Josh Croft and Michael Dawson, resurrected the innings.
When Croft was dismissed for 62 by Mick Davison and Dawson was caught by Ben Day off the bowling of Ben Legg for 51, Moree was well on their way to victory.
“Our catching and fielding needs to improve for this weekend because Tamworth are a good side. We’ll need to be at our best on Sunday.”
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