2nd Grade: Gretna I started its season with an excellent 125-run win over New Norfolk I at Gretna on Sunday. After playing just the five matches in the past four seasons, Gretna I opener Damian Hack equalled his top score, batting superbly right through the full 50 overs to make 94 runs not out. Hack hasn’t played a full season since 2007-08. He showed great patience, finding all the gaps around the ground in what was one of the best returns to cricket seen in some time. Hack was well supported by keeper Glenn Blackwell with 38 runs and captain Ben Rainbird with 26.
In the other 2nd Grade match Molesworth I easily defeated Montagu Bay Sharks at Boyer Oval on Sunday. In a match that was reduced to 44 overs due to rain, the Sharks won the toss and elected to bat, making 9 for 146 off the 44 overs (10 extras). Nathan Eiszele picked up 3 wickets, while M. Siely and Ricky Martin took two each to be the major wicket takers. In reply Molesworth lost just the one wicket in chasing down the Sharks total, finishing 1 for 150 off 27 overs (36 extras). After losing the early wicket of Nick Piuselli with just 14 runs on the board, Molesworth then turned up the heat with captain Ricky Martin making 93, well supported by Siely who made 34. Molesworth I batting: Ricky Martin 93 (9 fours, 4 sixes), Ricky Martin 34 (2 fours), Nick Piuselli 13. Molesworth I bowling: Nathan Eiszele 3 for 18 (6 overs), M. Siely 2 for 18 (6 overs), Ricky Martin 2 for 30 (7 overs), Daniel Coppleman 1 for 15 (7 overs), Tim Nichols 1 for 26 (8 overs).
4th Grade: Gretna II had a great first up win defeating Derwent at Gretna on Saturday. The home side won the toss and elected to bat, hitting up the great score of 8 for 236 off their allotted 50 overs (24 extras). Gretna openers Brad Prentice (25 runs) and Nathan Wakefield (28 runs) got their side off to a great start, putting on 41 together. Next in Jackson Ackerly made a superb half-century to give his side a great foundation for big score. Veteran Brian Smith did his usal bit before being well caught, making 33. In reply Derwent was bowled out for 142 in 37.5 overs (26 extras). Young Josh Bomford impressed early, snaring 5 for 21 to be the best of the Gretna bowlers. Captain Todd Jarvis was next best taking two wickets. Gretna II batting: Jackson Ackerly 52, Brian Smith 33, Nathan Wakefield 28, Brad Prentice 25, Todd Jarvis 21, Adam Browning 14, Jordan Hastie 13, Ben Shaw 11, Sam Kirkwood 9 not out. Gretna II bowling: Josh Bomford 5 for 21 (5.5 overs), Todd Jarvis 2 for 21 (5 overs), Adam Browning 1 for 29 (10 overs), Brad Prentice 1 for 52 (10 overs). Congratulatons to Todd Jarvis on playing his 100th club game for Gretna.
In the match between Bushy Park and DOSA at Shoobridge Park, DOSA won by 18 runs. The highlight of this match was the magnificent bowling of young Trent Grant who took a hat trick. Trent finished with the rare figures of 4 for 3 off 1.4 overs. Bushy Park won the toss and sent DOSA into bat, making the small score of 10 for 118 off 25.4 overs (14 extras). In reply Bushy Park made 10 for 100 off 26 overs (10 extras). Captain and opener Shaun Fenton hit up a well made 50 but had little support with just one other making double figures, Trent Grant 16no who batted well with Aaron Dawes. The pair putting on 21 for the last wicket. Bushy Park bowling: Trent Grant 4 for 3 (1.4 overs), Mitchell Crosswell 2 for 15 (5 overs), nathan Grant 2 for 37 (8 overs), Nick Fenton 1 for 4 (3 overs). DOSA opening bowler S. Beswick took 7 for 30 off 10 overs!
5th Grade: Molesworth II lost its first match, going down to Lindisfarne by eight wickets at Boyer Oval on Saturday. Molesworth won the toss and elected to bat, making 10 for 137 off 43 overs (30 extras). Paul Reed and Cody Neads did well, putting on 42 for the opening partnership. But things slipped away from here until S. Evans put up a fight with a well made 38. In reply Lindisfarne had little trouble chasing down the score, finishing 2 for 138 off 36.1 overs (45 extras). Molesworth II batting: S. Evans 38, Paul Reed 18, Cody Needs 18, D. Smith 10no. Molesworth II bowling: M. Murray 2 for 27 (5 overs).
New Norfolk II hosted Old Beach at Tynwald Park on Saturday. Old Beach won the toss and elected to bat, making a modest score of 10 for 173 off 39.5 overs (19 extras). Jamie Hill and Jake Wessing were the pick of the Red Caps bowlers, taking three wickets each. In reply New Norfolk struggled to get the score on the board, being bowled out for 54 off 13.2 overs (24 extras). Mark Thurston was the only batsman to make double figures, with 10. New Norfolk bowling: Jamie Hill 3 for 22 (9 overs), Jake Wesssing 3 for 22 (8.5 overs), Richard Munnings 2 for 42 (8 overs), Dylan Pearce 1 for 36 (4 overs), Josh Walsh 1 for 38 (8 overs).
Round two will be played this weekend, with all matches starting at 10:30am.
2nd Grade – Saturday, October 27
New Norfolk I v Molesworth I at Tynwald Park.
4th Grade – Sunday, October 28.
Gretna II v Marquis Tigers at Lansdowne.
Bushy Park v Knights at Cosgrove.
5th Grade – Saturday, October 29.
New Norfolk II v Lindisfarne at Shoobridge Park.
Molesworth II v Sorell at Boyer Oval.