ADAM Jones couldn’t believe his luck after leading the TPW Tigers to two T20 victories in as many nights at Riverside to book a spot in the final.
Tigers skipper Adam Jones led the charge from last to first and is confident they can keep the momentum going until the final on January 29. Photo: Barry Smith 070116BSC08
His smile got even bigger when he realised across the road that season leaders McDonalds were going down to Steggles for the Tigers to pounce on the top spot heading into the Friday, January 29 final.
“Two days ago we were last and we just came off the field in first,” Jones said.
“Two big wins is great momentum to take into the final as well.”
The Tigers proved that they can do it both ways last week, their bowlers rolling Steggles for just 75 on Thursday before the batsmen stepped up on Friday to knock 3-170 out against Halpins.
“I would take 3-170 in any game,” Jones said.
“Our bowling was really good as well and we are holding catches and fielding well.”
Speaking of holding on to catches, the skipper thought that Matt Everett’s glove work behind the stumps was some of the best form he has seen.
“His gloves were exceptional,” he said.
Everett also scored a 35 and an unbeaten 37 over the two days to set up the wins.
“A good keeper is one of the most important picks in these games,” Jones said.
Jones used his first pick to snare former Bective team- mate and greenkeeping apprentice Everett for the Tigers, the keeper-batsman now playing for Cardiff in the Newcastle competition.
“He can keep up close to all our medium pacers and that adds so much pressure to a batsman,” Jones said.
The skipper and keeper combined to hit two half century stands in the final two games opening for the Tigers, and that is where Jones believes these games can be won and lost with both bat and ball.
At the other end is surprise package opening bowler Jinto Joseph, who took 5-13 in the win against Steggles on Thursday, before tieing an end up and taking a few catches on Friday as fellow opener Tait Jordan tore through Halpins’ top order.
“After we scored 170 I told the boys that if we field and bowl well we could wrap it up in the first six overs,” Jones said.
“It is the same with the batting if we can get away to a good start and not losewickets.”
The short form game is all about momentum and, after last week, the Tigers might have the upper hand as they prepare to face off against McDonalds in the final after the golden arches lost their final-round match after being the form team all season.
“We are very excited to play the final this year after missing out for Plasterworks last year,” Jones said.
“We will take plenty from those two big wins as well.”
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