Garwood hungry for grand final spot

FOCUSED: Riverside batsman Tom Garwood is keen to tackle South Launceston in this weekend's Cricket North preliminary final at NTCA Ground No. 2. Picture: Phillip Biggs

FOCUSED: Riverside batsman Tom Garwood is keen to tackle South Launceston in this weekend's Cricket North preliminary final at NTCA Ground No. 2. Picture: Phillip Biggs

Riverside top-order batsman Tom Garwood admits the club is craving success in the game’s longest format.

The Blues have won the past two Cricket North Twenty20 titles – including a state championship – and have been competitive in the 50-over version also.

But the Tamar River club have not won a first grade two-day title since they swept all three grades in 1980-81, which is something Garwood, 24, wants to change.

“We’re all up and about for a chance to get into the big dance,” he said.

“We’ve been pretty confident in the one day stuff but in the two-day format we have been wanting to have a crack at the title.”

Garwood has compiled 572 first grade runs at an average 44 this season following a stint in England, which he said helped him develop as a cricketer.

“Playing on different grounds you sort of learn your own game a little bit better,” Garwood said.

“I’ve been batting well but we need 11 contributors – it is not just a one person game.

“The top six will have to bat most of the day.”

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