Contrasting wins see country to face coast
TWEED will face Tamworth in the final of the NSW Country Cup competition after the sides recorded contrasting wins in yesterday's semi finals at Grafton.
At Ellem Oval, Bathurst won the toss against Tweed and were cruising at 1-126 when the wheels fell off their innings.
All-rounder Caleb Ziebell trapped Bathurst's top scorer in front for 50, and triggered a collapse of 9-17, with Bathurst all out for 143.
Ziebell finished with the best figures for Tweed at 4-28.
Tweed's chase started shaky with wickets falling at regular intervals and at 5-52 there were a few nervous moments.
But in a complete turnaround, the sixth wicket partnership of Doug Potter and Jamie Bennett proceeded to guide the team home.
They scored the remaining 92 runs to win by five wickets with 18 overs to spare.
Potter top scored with 62, while Bennett provided solid support on 34.
Elsewhere, Tamworth dominated their Southern Spirit opponents from the outset at McKittrick Park, with a strong second wicket stand of 116 providing the base to finish at 219.
Opener Brad Smith scored 43, while first drop Michael Rixon top scored with 62 runs.
Tweed previously had wins over Clarence River and Coffs Harbour.