NEW Norfolk I made it two wins in as many weeks by defeating the Montagu Bay Sharks by seven wickets at Geilston Bay at the weekend. The Sharks won the toss and had first dig, but faced some great bowling from the Red Caps’ attack. Opening bowlers Josh Dykes (2 for 23) and Josh Rowlands (1 for 27) kept the Sharks at bay with very tidy spells then Stewart Rice (4 for 32) and Rohan Heron (3 for 12) finished the innings off to have Montagu Bay all out for 133. In reply New Norfolk had little trouble reaching the small total, losing just the three wickets with Stewart Rice having an excellent day with both bat and ball making 48 not out while Jake King continued to pile on the runs with 47 to his name.
In-form batsman Bradley Coppleman scored a smashing century to help Molesworth I get back on the winners’ list with a massive 160 run win over Bagdad at Bagdad on Sunday. Coppleman belted the opposition bowling attack to all parts of the ground with 76 of his 100 runs coming in boundaries (16 fours and two sixes). Coppleman shared an 82-run partnership with captain Ricky Martin (58) and then a 99-run partnership with Ben Eyles (48). Openers Nick Piuselli (49) and M. Siely (26) also did their bit, putting on a 70-run stand to help see Molesworth score the mammoth total of 7 for 361 off their 50 overs. In reply Bagdad were dismissed for 201 in the 47th over. This was due to some good bowling from Nathan Eiszele (3 for 33) and Brad Kemmler (3 for 37), who were well supported by the teenage brigade of Daniel Coppleman (2 for 13) and Brad Ransley (2 for 44), and another youngster Cody Neads who scored 7no, took two great catches to show that Molesworth have a great future ahead. Molesworth’s innings had a total of 30 fours and 16 sixes.
Sunday saw Gretna make it three wins from four matches, defeating Runnymede by six wickets at Runnymede. The home team won the toss and chose to bat, but could not handle the Gretna attack of Craig Cunningham who cleaned up with four wickets while Mathew Burns and Cameron Emery picked up three each to have Runnymede all out for 115. In reply Gretna reached the target with the loss of only four wickets. All-rounder Mathew Burns capped a great day making 63no while opener Damien Hack made a tidy 25. Congratulations to long-time player Glenn Blackwell who played his 300th club game for Gretna on Sunday. Glenn has not only been an excellent player and captain, but also a very good treasurer and hard worker around the club. Let’s hope we see Glenn around the club for many more seasons to come. Also congratulations to brothers Adam and Rhys Browning on playing their 50th club games together. These two have a few more to go to catch their dads total of 248.
In fourth grade Bushy Park got their first win on the board by defeating Hobart at home. Hobart had first knock, making a very slow 119 off 50 overs for the loss of eight wickets. Dylan Grant, Nathan Grant and Troy Smith the comeback kid all took two wickets each. In reply Bushy made hard work of things early when they were 0 for 17, then 3 for 17 and 4 for 41. Things steadied somewhat from here and the Park boys finished 7 for 121 to claim a much need victory. Geoff Crosswell has been batting well and was the best run getter for Bushy, making 47.
Gretna II got their third win by defeating Old Beach at Gretna on Saturday by 91 runs. Gretna won the toss and elected to bat, hitting up a competitive total of 216. Opener Nick Wakefield batted well making 38. Brian Smith made a run for every year of his age, knocking up 50no, but it was Peter Jelkic who stole the show hitting up 75 in about seven overs. Jelkic was on fire hitting five fours and five sixes in an innings that left the Old Beach players wondering what had happened. Jelkic shared a partnership of 93 with Brian Smith, and then Smith put together a 46-run last-wicket stand with experienced hand Joey Eyles. In reply Old Beach could only manage 125 due to some great bowling by all Gretna bowlers. Joey Eyles led the way taking four wickets while his son Cody did well picking up three to be the best of the Gretna attack.
In fifth grade New Norfolk II had a 64 run win over Risdon Vale at Tynwald Park on Saturday. New Norfolk had first hit, making the defendable total of 175 with T. Hanson batting well and top-scoring with 38. Richard Munnings gave good support with 34 runs. Captain Jamie Hill made a handy 24 before being run out while opener Dylan Pearce did well at the top order, making 15. In reply Risdon Vale could only manage 111 before being bowled out in the 24th over. All New Norfolk bowlers did well, with four of the five picking up wickets. Opening pair Graeme Rowlands took 2 for 30 and Richard Munnings 2 for 31. They were well backed up by L. Lewis and Josh Walsh who also grabbed two wickets each.
Molesworth II didn’t have much to write home about after their eight-wicket loss to the Montagu Bay Sharks. Molesworth had only nine players and chose to bat after winning the toss. They were bowled out for 57. Openers Jye County (18) and Mathew Hay (11) were the only batsman to make double figures. The pair gave Molesworth a good start putting on 38 for the opening stand, but the next seven wickets fell for a mere 19 runs. The Sharks had little trouble reaching the small target, losing two wickets in 8.3 overs to claim victory. Youngester Jye County bowled well, taking both wickets to have a good input with both bat and ball. Every team has a bad day and the Molesworth boys will bounce.
SCORES – SECOND GRADE: New Norfolk I 3 for 134 off 29.3 overs (8 extras) d Montagu Bay Sharks 10 for 133 off 43.1 overs 26 (extras) at Geilston Bay. New Norfolk I batting: Stewart Rice 48no, Jake King 47, David Maddox 13, Rohan Heron 11, Glen Williams 7no. New Norfolk I bowling: Stewart Rice 4-32 (10), Rohan Heron 3-12 (5.1), Josh Dykes 2-23 (10), Josh Rowlands 1-27 (10).
Gretna I 4 for 116 off 28.3 overs (9 extras) d Runnymede 10 for 115 off 42 overs (22 extras) at Runnymede. Gretna I batting: Mathew Burns 63no (two 4s, three 6s), Damien Hack 25 (three 4s), Rhys Browning 10 (two 4s). Gretna I bowling: Craig Cunningham 4-39 (10), Cameron Emery 3-19 (4), Mathew Burns 3-26 (10).
Molesworth 7-361 off 50 overs (18 extras) d Bagdad 10-201 off 46.4 overs (48 extras). Molesworth I batting: Bradley Coppleman 100 (16 4s, 2 6s), Ricky Martin 58 (three 4s, five 6s), Nick Piuselli 49 (five 4s, two 6s), Ben Eyles 48 (two 4s, five 6s), Nathan Eiszele 28, Daniel Coppleman 26no (two 4s, two 6s), M. Siely 26 (two 4s). Molesworth I bowling: Nathan Eiszele 3-33 (10), Brad Kemmler 3-37 (10), Daniel Coppleman 2-13 (1.4), Brad Ransley 2-44 (10).
FOURTH GRADE – Gretna II 10 for 216 off 44 overs (27 extras) d Old Beach 10 for 125 off 36.1 overs (29 extras) at Gretna. Gretna II batting: Peter Jelkic 75 (five 4s, five 6s), Brian Smith 50no (seven 4s), Nick Wakefield 38 (one 4), Todd Jarvis 10. Gretna II bowling: Joey Eyles 4-23 off (10), Cody Eyles 3-35 (7.1), Peter jelkic 2-31 (10), Todd Jarvis 1-11 (3).
Bushy Park 7 for 121 off 29.2 overs (24 extras) d Hobart 8 for 119 off 50 overs (34 extras) at the Bushy Park Showgrounds. Bushy Park batting: Geoff Crosswell 47, Danny Mason 14, Troy Smith 13no. Bushy Park bowling: Dylan Grant 2-23 (10), Troy Smith 2-24 (10), Nathan Grant 2-29 (10), Trent Grant 1-14 (10), Nick Fenton 1-17 (10).
FIFTH GRADE – New Norfolk II 10 for 175 off 44 overs (35 extras) d Risdon Vale 10 for 111 off 23.3 overs (10 extras) at Tynwald Park. New Norfolk batting: T. Hanson 38, Richard Munnings 34, Jamie Hill 24, Dylan Pearce 15. New Norfolk bowling: Josh Walsh 2-8 (2.3), L. Lweis 2-18 (4), Graeme Rowlands 2-30 (7), Richard Munnings 2-31 (6).
Montagu Bay Sharks 2 for 58 off 8.3 overs (6 extras) d Molesworth II 10 for 57 off 18 overs (15 extras) at Geilston Bay. Molesworth batting: Jye County 18, Mathew Hay 11. Molesworth bowling: Jye County 2-24 (4).
Next games, Round 5
All matches start at 10.30am
SECOND GRADE – Saturday: Gretna I v Derwent at Gretna, Molesworth I v Runnymede at Boyer Oval, New Norfolk I v Sandford at Tynwald Park.
FOURTH GRADE – Sunday: Gretna II v Knights at Gretna. Bushy Park v Derwent at New Town High School.
FIFTH GRADE – Sunday: New Norfolk II v Montagu Bay Sharks at Tynwald Park. Molesworth II v Wellington at Eady St.