The Scots College were invited to join this tournament after a successful under 14s tour to the New England region last October. Scots sent U13s, U14s and U16s teams, a total of 39 cricketers, which travelled to Tamworth during the last week of the holidays. The Scots cricketers arrived two days before the tournament. During those two days the Scots cricketers in collaboration with Cricket New South Wales, Tamworth organized two cricket clinics. One in Tamworth and one in Armidale. The clinics were well received by over 60 local young cricketers between the ages of 8 and 12 and the Scots U16s cricketers led the coaching drills. The 13s Scots cricketers also played two trial matches leading up to the tournament and won both their matches against a Tamworth team and an Armidale representative team. The 14s had a narrow loss against The Armidale School (TAS).
Scots was the only school in the three-day tournament competing against representative teams from The Hunter Valley, Mid North Coast and Northern Inland districts. It was a great challenge for the Scots boys and ideal preparation for the upcoming GPS season.
The U14s, overall, won two and lost two matches. The U16s made up of Year 9s played against some stronger older players. The talk of the town was the U13s Scots cricketers who won their division of the tournament. Outstanding players for the 13s included batsman Jack Attenborough, (fresh from the Michael Clarke cricket Academy) who had a strike rate of 95%. Jack Willis was the out-standing bowler for the team. In the U14s captain Nicholas Wingrove was their outstanding batsman and Harrison Conygham took the most wickets. In the U16s Liam Michael was their best batsman and Tommy Arms was their best bowler. Tommy Arms came close to achieving a hat trick during their last match against Mid-North Coast.
Overall it was a successful tournament and these young Scots cricketers are now better more prepared for the upcoming GPS cricket season. Scots have been invited back to play in the Central North tournament again next year. The tour provides a great opportunity for Scots to put back into one of its country boarding heartlands.
During the five days in Tamworth the Scots College were on the local TV sports news and also in the local papers. The boys were very excited about that! Click on the links below to watch the Scots College cricketers mentioned in the local sports news.