TWO rounds have been played following the resumption of the Southern Cricket Association after the Christmas break.
Round 11 saw Gretna II opener Nathan Rainbird help his side to its first victory of the season, scoring a classic century against the fourth-placed Marquis Tigers at Gretna two Saturdays ago. Rainbird belted the Tigers’ attack to every part of the ground, hitting a massive 16 fours and 3 sixes. “Yes 82 runs came in boundaries” Rainbird’s timing and placement was just superb and he was pleased with his effort: “Yeah I really hit ’em well today. It was great to get my first hundred, but I fell one run short of my dad’s highest score of 101 and he was quick to point it out to me,” Rainbird said of his dad Micky.
The Tigers had won the toss and elected to bat, making a total of 175 for the loss of nine wickets off 35.4 overs (34 extras). In reply Gretna made mincemeat of the Tigers’ total, losing just five wickets and taking only 27. 3 overs to reach the 176 runs (33 extras).
In the other 4th Grade match, ladder leaders Bushy Park defeated Claremont on forfeit. It was great to see the Bushy Park boys head over to Gretna to watch Gretna II get their first win.
2nd Grade: New Norfolk made it two wins in a row with a great win over Runnymede at Tynwald Park. Runnymede won the toss and elected to bat, hitting up a modest total of 146 off 49.3 overs (17 extras). In reply New Norfolk had little trouble making 148 for the loss off five wickets from 32.4 overs (17 extras).
In the match at Boyer Oval, Molesworth I lost to the MacKillop Beltas by seven wickets. Molesworth won the toss and elected to bat, scoring 169 from 39.2 overs (20 extras). In reply MacKillop had little trouble chasing down the target and making 171 for the loss of just three wickets (22 extras).
Gretna I took on ladder leaders Sorell at Sorell. Gretna won the toss and elected to bat, making 160 before being bowled out after 34 overs (12 extras). Sorell lost seven wickets before reaching 161 off 41.3 overs (23 extras).
5th Grade: In the match at Tynwald Park, Campania 1 for 91 off 14.4 overs defeated Molesworth II all out for 85.
ROUND 12: Molesworth I stamped its spot in the top five of 2nd Grade on Saturday with a big win over Hobart at Risdon Vale. In a great team effort Molesworth hit up a big score of 10 for 276 off 47.2 overs (42 extras). Hobart had no answers to the attack and was bowled out for 135 in 26.2 overs (17 extras).
It was a much closer encounter at Gretna with Gretna I defeating Montagu Bay Sharks by 24 runs. The toss was won by Gretna who chose to bat, making a modest total of 155 before being bowled out in 41.2 overs (34 extras). Montagu Bay couldn’t chase the small total and was bowled out for 131 after 37.5 overs (16 extras). Matches between these two clubs are now known as the Ashes, with Gretna the current holder of the urn. A great card night was held after the match with many Montagu Bay players and their families camping the night on the recreation ground.
At Tynwald Park, New Norfolk put up a good fight against ladder leader Sorell but didn’t quite get there. New Norfolk won the toss and captain Glen Williams sent Sorell into bat who then made 210 before being bowled out after 49.4 overs (27 extras). In reply New Norfolk was bowled out after 43 overs making 173 (16 extras).
4th Grade: Bushy Park lost its first match since round two, going down to the Knights at Cosgrove by 30 runs. Knights won the toss and opted to bat, making 10 for 185 off 43.5 overs (31 extras) and defeating Bushy Park who made 10 for 155 off 38.5 overs (22 extras).
In a very close match that came down to the wire, Gretna II made it two wins in a row with an excellent win over Sandford at Sandford on Sunday. Gretna captain Ben Shaw won the toss and sent Sandford in to bat where they made 9 for 188 off 45 overs. In reply Gretna made 9 for 189 off 46.1 overs.
5th Grade: Montagu Bay 7 for 220 off 50 overs (45 extras) defeated Molesworth II 10 for 68 off 31 overs (8 extras) at Boyer Oval.
2nd Grade – Sunday, January 22
Molesworth I v Montagu Bay Sharks at Boyer Oval
New Norfolk v Gretna I at Tynwald Park
4th Grade – Saturday, January 21
Gretna II v Sorell
Bushy Park v McRobies Gully at Gretna
5th Grade – Sunday, January 22
Molesworth II v Risdon Vale at Abbotsfield Park