Molesworth and Bushy into grand finals

MOLESWORTH I will play Sorell in the Southern Cricket Association second grade grand final this weekend after a terrific win over New Norfolk in the preliminary final on Saturday. On the big Boyer Oval, New Norfolk made the modest total of 10 for 167 off 45.5 overs (18 extras) after winning the toss. With excellent performances from all the Molesworth bowlers the New Norfolk batsmen were given few opportunities with Ben Eyles being the main destroyer with three wickets. Stewart Rice topped-scored with 40 and captain Glen Williams was next best with 28.

In reply, Molesworth lost the early wickets of Reggett with the score on three, then Brad Coppleman with the score on five. From here they cruised to victory, with Nick Piuselli and Ricky Martin sharing a 45-run partnership then Martin and Ben Eyles stepped things up sharing a 106 run partnership to squash any chance of a New Norfolk victory. Molesworth ended up 4 for 170 off 33.5 overs (11 extras).

New Norfolk batting: Stewart Rice 40, Glen Williams 28, Ashley Morgan 25, Leigh Berry 13, Jamie Hill 12, Chris Ashcroft 12. Molesworth bowling: Ben Eyles 3 for 17 off 7.5 overs (three maidens), Chris Slater 2 for 21 off eight overs (two maidens), M. Siely 2 for 32 off six overs, Ricky Martin 2 for 37 off eight overs (one maiden), Brad Coppleman 1 for 12 off three overs.

Molesworth batting: Ricky Martin 76, Ben Eyles 56no, Nick Piuselli 19. New Norfolk Bowling: Graeme Rowlands 2 for 46 off nine overs (one maiden), Josh Rowlands 1 for 18 off five overs (two maidens), Jamie Maddox 1 for 18 off five overs.

Bushy Park booked themselves a spot in the fourth grade Grand Final with a narrow win over McRobies Gully at Cambridge Oval on Saturday. McRobies won the toss and sent Bushy Park into bat to make 10 for 185 off 47.5 overs (18 extras). A 104-run partnership between captain Mitch Croswell (74 runs) and Damien “Mazda” Madden (40 runs) and 22 runs from Andrew Smith helped build the competitive total. In reply McRobies Gully was bowled out for 174 in 48.5 overs (37 extras). Of the Bushy Park bowlers, Andrew Smith finished a good game with three wickets, but he wasn’t without support with three other bowlers taking two wickets each. Mitch Crosswell led like a captain on a mission, bowling extremely well to take 1 for 19 off 10 overs to cap off a great day.

Bushy Park batting: Mitchell Crosswell 74, Damien Madden 40, Andrew Smith 22, Dylan Grant 10. Bushy Park bowling: Andrew Smith 3 for 45 off nine overs, Nick Fenton 2 for 18 off five overs, M. Frichol 2 for 23 off 4.5 overs, Dylan Grant 2 for 32 off 10 overs (one maiden), Mitch Crosswell 1 for 19 off 10 overs (one maiden). Well done to Damien Madden for taking three catches. 

This weekend’s matches – Saturday, March 24
2nd Grade Grand Final: Sorell v Molesworth I at Sorell No.1, 10.30am
4th Grade Grand Final: Sandford v Bushy Park at Cambridge Oval, 10.30am
1st Grade: Wellington v St Aidan’s at Eady St
3rd Grade: St Aidan’s v Claremont at North Warrane
5th Grade: St Aidan’s v Old Beach, venue TBA.
6th Grade: Richmond/Cambridge v Dynnyrne at Richmond

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