Final round of local cricket played

Gretna players Trent Grant, left, and Rhys
Browning before last weekend’s match at

Kookaburra Southern Cricket Association 
Men’s One Day matches
Round 14

THERE were runs a-plenty in the final round of the Southern Cricket Association last weekend, with a century made and some scores in the 90s, and 70s, plenty of 100-run-plus partnerships and five-wicket hauls. Some teams made the finals and some missed out, and one team was bowled out for 17! Yes the final round had it all.

New Norfolk I booked itself a double chance for the finals when it defeated ladder leaders St Anne’s by seven wickets at Cadbury Oval No.1. Winning the toss, the home side had first knock, making 9/168 off their 50 overs. Opening bowler and captain Jason Rigby bowled 10 overs 2-20 in a very good spell. Seb Wishart was good with 2-28 (8), Josh Rowlands also got among the wickets taking 2-38 (10) as did Jye Laster 1-21 (7) and Jamie Maddox 1-29 (10). In the run chase, the Red Caps did it comfortably, finishing 3/169 from 34 overs. A 102 opening partnership from Seb Wishart 71 not out from 90 deliveries and Jordan Willoughby 60 from 59 got the team off to the perfect start. Mathew Bowden made 16 (18) and Jordan Banks-Smith made 11. Jason Rigby remained 7no. A very big win to New Norfolk right at the business end of the season.

Rhys Browning made 102 runs in Gretna I’s
big win last weekend.

Gretna I booked itself a spot in the 2nd semi-final with a big 226-run win over Derwent on Saturday. Playing at Lindisfarne, Gretna made the big score of 8/294 from its 50 overs. The big total was due to some very good batting from openers Ben Rainbird in a welcome return to form, making 56, and Craig Cunningham, 48, with the pair putting on a 110-run stand. With the foundation laid, Rhys Browning continued on with the good work, batting superbly to make an excellent 102. During his century, Browning hit seven fours and four sixes, sharing a 64-run partnership with Todd Jarvis 42 and 73 with Corey Ransley who made 15 not out. In reply, Derwent was bundled out for just 68 off 32.3 overs. Of the Gretna bowlers, Craig Cunningham continued his good season taking 4-16 from 6.3 overs; Corey Ransley sent down 10 overs to finish with the very tidy figures of 3-16; Mathew Burns was tight with his 10 overs, taking 1-11 with four maidens; and Aaron Maddox back from injury took 1-22 (6).

Playing at Collinsvale, Molesworth I was defeated by the Knights by five wickets. Batting first, Molesworth made 10/191 off 31.2 overs. Openers Josh Ransley made 43 from 39 deliveries and Daniel Coppleman made 19 from 16. First drop, captain Brad Coppleman swung the willow from the word go, making 92 from just 37 deliveries. Not wasting any time, Coppleman clubbed 12 sixes and 5 fours. When the captain went, the team then lost its last six wickets for 28. Liam Triffitt made 15. In reply, the home side finished 5/193 off 30.2 overs. Daniel Coppleman took 2-47 (10), Liam Triffitt got 2-58 (8.2) and Brad Ransley got 1-34 (6).

New Norfolk II is undefeated at the end of the roster matches after a 121-win over Wellington at Eady Street. New Norfolk had first hot and made the good score of 6/260 from the 50 overs. Opener Nathan Rice played an entertaining innings and was unlucky not to get his century after he was caught on 99. Rice hit the ball to all parts of the ground and shared a 112-run stand with fellow opener Leigh Berry who made a very good 64 from 87 deliveries. Chris Ashcroft made 27 from 29 balls, Aaron Triffitt was run out for 24 (25) and Josh Walsh smacked 21 not out from 9. In reply, Wellington was dismissed for 139 off 37.4 overs. All bowlers played their part with opener Stewart Rice taking 2-27 (9), Josh Walsh 2-17 (6), Cody Morgan-Coleman 2-29 (6), Richard Graham 2-25 (3.4) and Jamie Hill 1-16 (6). Nathan Rice capped off a good day with 1-18 (5) and the Red Caps train keeps on going.

Bothwell won its last match of the season, defeating Claremont by 46 runs at Abbotsfield Park on Saturday. The Bucks had first hit, making the good score of 6/285 from their 50 overs. Opener Simon Eyles got the day under way with an excellent 85. Eyles shared a 131-run stand with opener Anthony White who made 33. Tyler White made 43 and Brock Nichols 24, the pair putting on 76 for the fourth wicket. Blake Eyles and Kelvin Eyles both remained 20no, while Joey Eyles made 13. In reply, Claremont fell short finishing 8/239 from its 50 overs. Brock Nichols did well taking 2-37 (10) with 3 maidens; Kelvin Eyles got 2-44 (10) and Tyler White 1-42 (10); Stuart Eyles 1-6 (4); Simon Eyles 1-47 (7); and Anthony White 1-19 (3).

Gretna II lost its last match, going down to Weily Park by seven wickets. Playing at home, Gretna batted first making 9/134 off its 50 overs. Opener Jake Campbell top-scored with 25. At number seven, Wade Gleeson remained 22 not out with one six. Jordan Hastie made 16, Sam Booth 15 and Ross Langford 13. In reply, the Rockers finished 3/136 off 30.2 overs. Wicket-takers were Josh Whitford 1-30 (7), Jackson Ackerly 1-37 (9) and Jake Campbell 1-36 (5).

New Norfolk III made it three wins in a row when it belted Brighton by 250 runs at Pontville Park. Batting first, New Norfolk made 8/267 from the allotted 50 overs. After losing their first wicket with just seven runs on the board, the Red Caps then got on with business. Steve Sillifant hit up a very good 76 and he put on 127 with Coby Kemmler who knocked-up a well-made 54. Dave Maddox also made a half-century with 52. Maddox put on 51 with Brad Kemmler who made a handy 33 and John Murray remained 14no. In reply Brighton was absolutely skittled by New Norfolk’s opening bowlers, Rhys Franklin and Nathan Heron, who bowled Brighton out for just 17 runs. Franklin claimed the amazing figures of 5-6 off just four overs, with four of his wickets being bowled. Heron took 4-11 off just three overs, his wickets being four of the top five batsmen and he also helped himself to a runout. In one for the record books, the innings included six ducks and two extras. Fall of wickets. 1-1, 2-1, 3-11, 4-11, 5-16, 6-16, 7-16, 8-16, 9-16, 10-17. Although they didn’t make the finals, it sure was a good way to end the season, nice work New Norfolk III.

In the match at Bushy Park, the home side finished the season with a good six-wicket win over the Knights. The visitors were bowled out for 106 from 36.1 overs. Aaron Newbon sent down 7.1 taking 3-19. Geoff Crosswell was very tight taking 2-15 from his 10 overs as was Jack Evans with 2-20 (8). Troy Smith did well with 2-28 (8) and Dylan Grant effected a runout. In reply, Bushy Park finished 4/107 off 19.1 overs. No batsmen’s scores were available.

In the battle for a finals spot, Molesworth II defeated Bothwell II by seven wickets at Bothwell. The home team batted first and was bowled out for 106 off 24.3 overs. The small total was brought about by some great bowling, in particular from spinner Kye Tomkinson who sent down 6.3 overs taking 5-27. Tomkinson was well supported by Brayden Hodge who took 3-35 from eight overs. Opener Dean King bowled very tightly taking 1-22 (7) while Jayden Wilton took 1-19 (3). No Bothwell batting scores were available. In reply, Molesworth finished 3/110 off 24.3 overs. Batting at number three, Dean King made it a good day, using his experience to make 52 not out and Brad Jarvis made 15. The pair put on 53 for the third wicket. Anthony Murray remained 7no and put on 39 with Dean King. There were 27 extras. Nathan White took one wicket for Bothwell as did Peter Hansch, and Adam Clark effected a run out.

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