Local cricket – week three

Southern Cricket Association
Round 3 – Derwent Valley games

OF the nine Derwent Valley and Central Highlands teams participating in the SCA this season, only Bothwell recorded a win during the Round 3 matches over the weekend. New Norfolk III had the bye.

After a good win in First Grade last week, New Norfolk I went down to St Aidans at Tynwald Park by 113 runs on Saturday. The visitors won the toss and made the good score of 10/231 off 50 overs. In reply the Red Caps finished with 9/118 off 38 overs. Run makers for the home side were Stewart Rice 27, Rohan Heron 25, Aaron Drew 20 and John Ferguson 14. Matthew Castle did not bat. Jamie Maddox did very well with the ball, capturing 4-28 off 9 overs while Josh Rowlands got 2-56 off 10.

In the other First Grade match, Molesworth I went down to Old Beach at Boyer Oval by 82 runs. From their 50 overs, the visitors made 6/225. In reply Molesworth couldn’t get the job done and was bowled out for 143 off 34.3 overs. Captain Jamie Adams top-scored with 25 (two sixes) while at number 10 Dean King remained 23 not out (3 fours, 1 six). Brad Coppleman made 20 (1 four, 1 six).
Wicket takers for Molesworth were Dean King who had a good game with a fine spell taking 3-25 off 7 overs, plus Nathan Eiszele 1-35 (10) and Aaron Wingrove 1-46 (7).

GRETNA I went down to Wellington by 38 runs at Eady St. The visitors won the toss and sent the Warriors in to bat. Gretna did very well with the ball and dismissed the home side for 153 off 48 overs. The wickets were shared around five bowlers with Aaron Maddox 3-37 (10) and Todd Jarvis 2-11 (5). Spinners Ben Rainbird and Craig Cunningham snared two wickets each off 10 and 9 overs respectively, but mention must go to Corey Ransley’s very tidy 10 overs taking 1-6 with six maidens.
With the bat, captain and opener Ben Rainbird led the way with a good 56 which included 8 fours. Once Rainbird was out with the score on 91, Gretna then lost 6 for 24 and the match was all over. Next best was Mathew Burns making 14.

BUSHY Park was defeated at home by the Knights by 45 runs. Batting first the visitors made the good score of 10/180 off 45.2 overs. Aaron Triffitt did well with his new club, taking 4-27 off 5.2 overs. Mitch Crosswell 3-16 off 7 while Troy Smith took 2-33 (10) and Blake Howlett 1-54 (10).
In reply, Bushy Park started well and at one stage was 2-71, but from here the wickets fell regularly and they were bowled out for 135 off 32.1 overs. After bowling well, Troy Smith opened the batting making 50 runs at the rate of about one run per ball. Captain Dylan Grant made 14 and Trent Grant 12.

In the other Third Grade match, Gretna II went down to Hobart by seven wickets. Having first knock, Gretna looked like making a very good score and at one stage was 4/113 but then lost 6 for 29 and finished 10/142 off 44 overs. Veteran Bruce Emery showed his experience making a very good 59 with 3 fours. Next best was another evergreen in Brian Smith with 17 while Zac Crosswell and Jackson Ackerly both scored 16. In reply Hobart lost just the three wickets in the run chase, finishing 3/144 off 34.5 overs. Darren Lennox the best of the Gretna bowlers with 2-22 off 10 overs, while young opener Brodie Gleeson who has bowled very well of late took 1-27 off 6 overs.
BOTHWELL recorded its second win of the season with a very good five-wicket victory over Rokeby at Clarendon Vale. The home side had first hit, making 10 for 151 off 27.5 overs. Of the Bucks bowlers, Matthew Eyles 2/26 off 5.5 and Nathan White 2/22 off 4 were the main wicket takers. In reply, Bothwell finished 5/156 off 28.1 overs. In-form Mathew Eyles had a good match and top-scored with a fine 51. Tyler White continues to shine with 27 while Brock Nichols chipped in with 22.

In a very good match at Bagdad, New Norfolk II went down to the home team by just three wickets. Bagdad win the toss and sent in the Red Caps who made the very good score of 10/213 off 48.4 overs. This was thanks to a very good innings from veteran Graeme Rowlands who made 72 batting at number seven. Rowlands’ innings included 12 boundaries. New Norfolk was 9 for 152 but a 61 last-wicket stand by Rowlands and Trent Mayne 2 not out, saw the team make a defendable total. Stephen Nichols made 30 while captain Jamie Hill got 27. In reply, Bagdad finished 7/214 off 46.3 overs. In a tight tussle the New Norfolk bowlers did well with Jamie Hill the main wicket taker with 3/30 off 8.3 overs and Kendall Bluett also doing well with 1-34 off 10. Spinner Ashley Morgan 1-36 from 10.

Molesworth II went down to a very good Richmond/ Cambridge side by nine wickets at Boyer Oval.
Molesworth won the toss and elected to bat, hitting up the good score of 10/186 off 35.2 overs. Captain Sam Triffitt led the way with a good 47 hitting 5 fours and Jake Foster supported well with 45 hitting 3 fours and 4 sixes. The pair put on 70 for the fourth wicket. Dakoda Smith was next highest with 12. In reply, the visitors had no trouble reaching the target, losing just the one wicket finishing 1/187 off 39 overs. Martyn Evans was the wicket taker with 1/25 off 8 overs.

New Norfolk III had the bye. It has been said that the Bothwell Club will put in a team in Sixth Grade and will play in Round 4. This will see the bye eliminated and is very good start for the new club in the competition.

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