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Schoolies week pumps big hitter up for Tamworth T20

IT was the James Psarakis show last night at the Tamworth T20, as once again the Riverside Two pitch delivered another tense match that came down to the last over between Halpin’s and Steggles.
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Mitch Holt was seeing them well, putting on 47 from 32 balls at the top for Halpin’s but it wasn’t enough as Steggles’ James Psarakis left yet another team of players scratching their heads. Photo: Barry Smith 281114BSG14

No sleep and a seven-hour car trip from the Gold Coast to the ground after Schoolies week couldn’t knock Psarakis out of his purple patch as he dragged himself to the crease in the Steggles innings chasing a very respectable 175 from Halpins.

Psarakis flipped the switch, helping himself to 12 boundaries and three sixes on his way to 90 from just 44 balls as opener.

The Halpins innings saw a few good partnerships keep the run rate up and the scoreboard ticking over as they amounted a score that would have won most games this season.

Mitch Holt (47) put on a 47-run opening partnership with Brendan Rakus (17), before Col Smyth hit 41 from just 21 to prop up the middle order with Tyson Rennie (19).

Craig Baker finished it off with a quick 26 from 11 balls.

It was obvious from the start that Psarakis wasn’t interested in running between wickets.

Troy Sands only contributed nine runs to an opening stand of 63 before he fell to Smyth and captain Ben Middlebrook came to the crease.

The skipper and Psarakis then went about imposing themselves on the fielding side with some spectacular hitting over and through the field.

When Psarakis finally fell to Jack McVey, Simon Toyer and the skipper only needed 29 from the last four overs.

In the tradition of Michael Bevan, Toyer and Middlebrook kept cool heads as they took it down to the line to knock the winning runs off the second last ball.

The win leaves Steggles alone at the top of the table after sharing it with the Tigers last week who will remain in second.

Maccas are now clear third with Halpins in fourth.

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