IN one of the best and fastest centuries made in the Southern Cricket Association for quite some time, New Norfolk batsman Stewart Rice smashed the Gretna I attack to every part of the Tynwald Park oval on January 21, making a magical 117 runs from what was said to be off only 40-odd balls. Rice took to everything, hitting 15 sixes and 3 fours which equates to 102 runs in boundaries, and at one stage he hit 4 sixes in a row. Gretna used nine bowlers, all to no avail. They would have being rueing the dropped catch when Rice’s score was still in the 20s.
Rice’s innings sure set the scene for a great win by New Norfolk. The home team had won the toss and elected to bat, hitting up a massive 310 for the loss of six wickets off their 50 overs (22 extras). In reply, Gretna managed 142 before being bowled out after 33.4 overs (20 extras).
In the other second division match of round 13, Molesworth I easily accounted for the Montagu Bay Sharks at Boyer Oval on January 22. Molesworth won the toss and elected to bat, hitting up a great score of 10 for 254 off 49.1 overs (31 extras). In reply Montagu Bay could only manage 140 before being bowled out after 41.3 overs (32 extras).
4th Grade: Bushy Park had a close encounter with McRobies Gully at Cadburys No. 1 on January 21. The home team won the toss and having first hit made 10 for 138 off 40 overs (24 extras). In reply Bushy won the game with 8 for 139 off 37 overs (26 extras).
In the match at Gretna, Sorell with 10 for 222 off 50 overs defeated Gretna II who made 10 for 120 from 28.1 overs.
5th Grade: Risdon Vale 9 for 187 off 38.3 overs (32 extras) defeated Molesworth II 9 for 97 off 22.5 overs (14 extras) at Risdon Vale.
ROUND 14 – Gretna I made the great score of 5 for 276 off their 50 overs (24 extras) at the weekend but unfortunately this wasn’t enough with Richmond/Cambridge reaching the target and losing 8 wickets for 278 off 47.1 overs (25 extras).
Molesworth I showed they are the real deal, defeating the more fancied Rokeby Wanderers at Boyer Oval on Saturday. Rokeby won the toss and elected to bat, making 10 for 171 off 36.4 overs (28 extras). In reply Molesworth lost only four wickets in reaching 172 off 37 overs (20 extras).
New Norfolk missed an opportunity to move into the top five when it lost to Montagu Bay Sharks by 60 runs at Geilston Bay. Montagu Bay with 8 for 151 off 50 overs (20 extras) defeated New Norfolk 10 for 91 off 38.4 overs (8 extras).
4th Grade – Bushy Park continued its dominance with a convincing 115 run win over Dynnyrne at Cambridge Oval on Sunday. Bushy Park 10 for 204 off 44.3 overs (46 extras) defeated Dynnyrne 10 for 89 off 20.4 overs (13 extras).
DOSA 5 for 199 off 34 overs (12 extras) defeated Gretna II 10 for 197 off 43 overs (27 extras) at Shoobridge Park.
5th Grade – Molesworth II recorded its 4th victory with a great three-wicket win over Runnymede at Runnymede on Saturday. Molesworth II 7 for 194 off 36.2 overs (28 extras) defeated Runnymede 10 for 192 off 42 overs. Molesworth Batting: S. Long 47, T. Donaghy 43, Baxter Oliver 41, Brad Ransley 25 not out.