Local cricket – round 13

New Norfolk III captain Nathan Heron has taken 13 wickets
in the past three weeks in the Southern Cricket Association.

Southern Cricket Association 
Men’s 50-over matches (Derwent Valley games)
Round 13

FIRST GRADE: In a thrilling match at Tynwald Park that came down to the final ball last weekend, New Norfolk I hung on to win by the barest of margins – a single run. Claremont needing 241 to win, was 8/237 with one ball remaining. The two Claremont batsmen ran two and were coming back for a third to tie the match, but when Seb Wishart ran the length of the pitch to make the runout, it was all over and the Red Caps had secured top spot on the ladder with one round remaining. After New Norfolk was sent in to bat, Jason Rigby compiled a good and fast 92 from 86 balls. Rigby struck the ball to all parts of Tynwald, hitting eight 4s and four 6s and shared a 165-run partnership with opener and match winner Seb Wishart who made an excellent 80 from 129 deliveries. Wishart belted seven fours during his innings and when he was out the score was 5-222. Fellow opener Aaron Drew made 32 from 33 with four 4s and one 6. New Norfolk made 7/240 from the reduced overs of 47. Wicket takers were Aaron Drew who took 3-34 from four overs. Captain Matthew Bowden took 2-29 (10) and Jason Rigby 2-52 (10) and Nathan Eiszele 1-49 (9).

SECOND GRADE: Thanks to a century from New Norfolk II captain Jake King and a half-century from Sam Hoggett, the Red Caps were able to defeat cross-town rivals Molesworth by two wickets at Boyer Oval on Sunday. Chasing 216 for victory, New Norfolk started well with King and Rohan Heron, 24, sharing a opening stand of 56. Then with Hoggett at the crease, he and King pilled on a 129 partnership with Hoggett making 56 from 69 balls, hitting five 4s and two 6s, while King – who now has two centuries to his name this season – made an even hundred from 111 balls. The wicket-keeper/batsman belted eight 4s and two 6s in a great display of batting. But when King was dismissed with the score on 3/196 and the match all but done, the wheels nearly fell off, losing 6/17 to be 8/213 when Bradley Chaplin was run out for a diamond duck. Richard Graham, 11no, steadied the ship and they finished 8/216 from 42 overs. Brad Ransley was the pick of the Molesworth bowlers, snaring 4-38 (7) and he also made a runout. Opening bowler Jeremy Nichols was very good, taking 3-30 from nine overs. Earlier with the bat, Brad Coppleman – who now has 522 runs in the 50-over roster with an average of 47.45 – made an excellent 91 from 89 deliveries, smacking six 4s and seven 6s. Opener Josh Ransley made nearly a run per ball, 41 with four 4s, while Brayden Hodge remained 25no from 19 balls (two 4s, one 6). Molesworth finished 7/215 off its 50 overs. The main wicket-taker for New Norfolk was Nathan Rice with 2-34 (4). During the Molesworth innings, at the second drinks break at 34 overs, the umpire in strange circumstances had left the ground and did not return. Well done to Molesworth coach Brett Smith and New Norfolk player Josh Walsh who stepped in and umpired to make sure the game went ahead.

At Gretna, Gretna I went down to the then winless St Annes by two wickets. Batting first, Gretna struggled to get going and was dismissed for 132 from 45.2 overs. In reply, the Crows were cruising at 0/82, but then lost seven wickets to nearly lose the match, but held on for their first win. With the bat for the home team, Mathew Burns made 36 with two 4s and one 6. Craig Cunningham made 25 (two 4s) and Corey Ransley 12 (two 4s). With the ball, Craig Cunningham took 2-25 (7.1), Aaron Maddox 2-26 (5.2) and Jackson Ackerly 1-17 (5). Congratulations to Todd Jarvis who played his 150th match for Gretna I.

FOURTH GRADE: Bothwell I continued in its winning form, racking up its eighth win in a row when it defeated Richmond/Cambridge by 53 runs at Richmond. Winning the toss and batting, the Bucks made the modest total of 10/163 from 42.3 overs. Opener Joey Eyles – who has made 49, 40 and now 52 from his last three hits – scored his half-century from just 63 deliveries, which included six 4s. Fellow opener Mark Pearce made 27 with two 4s and Simon Eyles 24 from 33 (two 4s, one 6). With the ball, Nathan Eyles sent down nine overs snaring 3-27. Mark Pearce was equally as good, getting the top three batsmen, taking 3-34 (10), and the very handy Joey Eyles took 2-11 from 4.5 overs and the home side was bowled out for 110 from 44.5 overs.

FIFTH GRADE: New Norfolk III let a big win slip through its fingers when it went down to second-placed Rokeby by 14 runs at Tynwald Park. Winning the toss, the Red Caps sent the visitors in to bat and had them 7/65 until a fightback by the Renegades saw them reach 10/135 from 48.2 overs. Wicket takers were opener Jamie Maddox who was extremely tight, sending down two maiden overs and taking 3-16. David Mitchelmore was equally as tight, taking 1-15 off 10 with a high of four maidens and Nathan Heron made it 13 wickets in his past three matches, including that double hat-trick, took 3-33 from 9.2 overs and was on a hat-trick again. In reply, New Norfolk was on track at 5/107, but then lost its way losing its next five wickets for just 14 runs to be all out for 121 off 33.2 overs. Leigh Berry top-scored with 23 (39) two fours. Chris Ashcroft made 22, Aaron Triffitt 19 (32) and Nathan Heron 18 (18).

Gretna II, playing at home on Sunday, went down to Montagu Bay by 45 runs. Winning the toss and batting, the visitors hit up the good score of 8/226 from their 50 overs. In reply, Gretna gave it a good shot, finishing 10/181 from 41.2 overs. First drop Zac Crosswell top-scored with 28, with 20 of those coming in 4s, and shared a 40-run stand with Josh Whitford who made 24 (two 4s). Brian Smith – who took over Paul “Micky” Rainbird’s record of most matches played for Gretna II (226) – made 23 with two fours. Bailey Wheeler made 13no and Andrew McKenzie made 12. The main wicket-taker was Jake Campbell with 3-45 (8).

SEVENTH GRADE: Playing at Geilston Bay, Bothwell II gave its finals chances a big boost by defeating Montagu Bay. The home side won the toss and sent the Bucks in, and they made the good score of 7/192 off their 40 overs. The standouts with the bat were Bo Kline who made a fine 70 from 91 deliveries, hitting three 4s, and Blake Eyles who made a great half-century of 56 from 68, striking four 4s. The pair compiled a 126-run stand. Andrew Rolls made 16. The Montagu Bay score wasn’t available, but it was Adam Pearce for the Bucks who captured four wickets in a great spell while Bo Kline snared 3, Ashley Browning 2 and Glen Johnson 1.

In the other match, Molesworth II lost to Campania by 119 runs at Richmond. Molesworth won the toss and sent Campania in to bat, knocking up 5/229 from their 40 overs. Captain Jack Evans took 2-33 (8), Brad Jarvis 2-47 (8) and Shayne Upton 1-49 (8). In reply, Molesworth was all out for 110 off 35 overs. Jack Evans top-scored with 28, Larry Menzie 16, and Tye Benson 10.

CRICKET REUNION: A reminder for all former cricketers, officials and supporters from the now defunct Derwent Valley Cricket Association, that a reunion will be held this Sunday, February 23, at the Valley Sports Bar (formerly the NNDFC Clubrooms) starting at 1pm. If you played for any of clubs in the DVCA from 1945-2008, you are warmly invited to come along and catch up on old times with team-mates and opposition players and relive the many matches played. Current players with the Derwent Valley clubs in the Southern Cricket Association are also welcome to attend. If you have any memorabilia, please bring this along. For any more information, call Tony Adams on 0408 610 728.

WADE GLEESON

NEXT GAMES
Round 14, to be played on February 22-23. All matches start at 10.30am.
Final roster games before the finals.

FIRST GRADE
Saturday: New Norfolk I v Wellington at Eady St Oval No.1.

SECOND GRADE
Saturday: Gretna I v Derwent at Gretna; Molesworth I v Knights at Collinsvale; New Norfolk II v Richmond/Cambridge at Tynwald Park.

FOURTH GRADE
Sunday: Bothwell I v St Virgil’s at St Virgil’s College Oval No.1.

FIFTH GRADE
Sunday: Gretna II v Claremont at Abbotsfield Park; New Norfolk III v Montagu Bay at Clarence High School.

SEVENTH GRADE
Sunday: Bothwell II v Wellington at Bothwell; Molesworth II v St Virgil’s at Cadbury Oval No.2.

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