Southern Cricket Association
Round 5 – Derwent Valley games
A MATCH-winning unbeaten century from Molesworth I all-rounder Brad Coppleman secured an excellent three-wicket win over Rokeby at Boyer Oval on Saturday. Runs were certainly the order of the day with 599 runs scored in the match. Needing 300 to win off its 50 overs, Molesworth I got home with three wickets in hand and just 2.1 overs remaining. At one stage the home side was 4/69, but when captain Jamie Adams (48 runs) and Brad Coppleman 105 not out (8 fours, 4 sixes) came together, they put on an excellent partnership of 147 getting the score to 216. Nathan Eiszele then made 37 and earlier Brayden Hodge got 36. Larry Menzie remained 12no. Brayden Hodge 3-37 off 9 overs and Aaron Wingrove 3-69 off 8 were the pick of the Molesworth bowlers.
In the other Second Grade match, New Norfolk I went down to Sorell at Tynwald Park by 63 runs. The visitors made 9/162 off its 50 overs and in reply the Red Caps were bowled out for 99. Keeper Leigh Berry made 30 (5 fours) and John Ferguson 18 (2 fours) to be the only batsman to reach double figures. Ferguson also did well with the ball taking 4-39 (10). Aaron Drew 2-28 (10) and coach Todd Rusher 1-28 (10) did their bit also.
GRETNA I comfortably defeated Sorell at Sorell by 10 wickets. Batting first, Gretna bowled the home side out for just 83 off 27.4 overs. Jackson Ackerly bowled well taking 3-21 off 8 while Zac Crosswell 2-12 (6), Todd Jarvis 2-12 (3.4) and Corey Ransley 1-21 (6) also bowled very well. In reply Gretna opening pair Bruce Emery 38no (2 fours) and captain Ben Rainbird 34no (5 fours) did a great job seeing their team to victory off just 17 overs.
PLAYING at home, Gretna II went down to new club Brighton Eagles by three wickets. Gretna had first knock making 10/145 off 45.3 overs. Glenn Blackwell top-scored with 28 (4 fours, 1 six) while captain Damien Hack made 29 (2 fours) and Tom Allcock 18 (2 fours). In reply the Eagles reached the target off 32.1 overs finishing 7/148. Luke Crosswell 2-24 (6) and Aaron Browning 2-38 off 10 while young Jake Campbell who also plays for the Under 16s bowled very well taking 2-28 off 5.1 overs. Well done also to Darren Lennox who played his 150th club game for Gretna last week.
It was a low-scoring affair in the other Third Grade match with Bushy Park defeating Hobart at Bushy Park by 35 runs. Bushy Park had first knock making 9/111 off 26.5 overs. Mitch Crosswell top-scored with 29 and Troy Smith 27 and captain Dylan Grant 26 were next best. In reply Hobart was bundled out for 76 off 29.1 overs. All-rounder Mitch Crosswell capped off a great match taking 4-24 off his 10 overs while Dylan Grant did likewise taking 3-9 off 5. Troy Smith 2-32 (10) and Blake Howlett 1-9 (4.1) also kept things tight.
PLAYING at Lindisfarne, New Norfolk II had a 36-run win over Old Beach. Opener Trent Smith made 26 and Nathan Cashion 21. In reply, Old Beach was bowled out for 112 off its 50 overs. Red Caps bowler Liam O’Brien bowled exceptionally well for his team finishing 10 overs 4-13 with two maidens. Shannon Long wasn’t far behind with 2-13 off 10 and Blake Kemmker 2-28 (8).
Bothwell I had a narrow four-run win over Bagdad at Bagdad. Batting first Bothwell made 10/119 off 29.3 overs. Opener Matthew Mayne and captain Cody Eyles top-scored with 21 each. In the run chase the home side was bowled out for 115 off 23.3 overs. Veteran Joey Eyles 3-29 (5) and Nathan White 3-42 (7.3) were the pick of the bowlers, but Brock Nichols and Mathew Eyles each took two wickets as well.
Molesworth II had the bye.
NEW Norfolk III suffered a narrow two-wicket loss to St Anne’s at Tynwald Park. Batting first, New Norfolk made 10/91 off 28 overs. Batting at number eight, captain Brad Kemmler made 27 (3 fours, 1 six), while Nathan Heron and Andrew Challenger made 12 each. Batting second, St Anne’s finished with 8/94 off 37.2 overs. Again captain Brad Kemmler led the way taking 3-16 (9) as did Shayne Upton 3-25 (6), being the best of the home sides bowlers.
At Cambridge, Bothwell 10/144 off 47 overs lost to Derwent 9/166 off 50 overs. Stuart Eyles top-scored with 37. Next best were Kelvin Eyles on 21 and Simon Eyles with 14. With the ball for the Bucks, Stuart Eyles claimed 2-16 (4), Brodie White 2-21 (9) and Simon Eyles 2-42 (10) were the main wicket takers.