Redcaps do it again: another trophy for the Tynwald crew

THE New Norfolk Redcaps have done it again, bringing home another Southern Cricket Association first-grade premiership to Tynwald Park after playing the Grand Final at the opposition side’s home ground earlier today (March 25).

Playing against a strong Claremont team that had defeated the Redcaps comfortably in the first round of the finals, New Norfolk knew it needed to dig deep. Winning the toss, the Redcaps batted first and got off to a sluggish start, losing the first wicket, Dance, in the third over.

Booth and Wishart settled the innings with a solid 63-run second-wicket partnership before Wishart was dismissed. Bowden and Rice were the next two batsmen that Booth saw dismissed at the other end before he himself was dismissed, with three wickets falling in a matter of just 12 runs. Booth had displayed great patience while wickets were falling around him, to finish with 63 as an opening batsman.

The Redcaps with their strong batting line-up had Neads, Rigby and Briscoe still to bat before falling to the tail-enders. Rigby made a cracking 67 from 62 balls before being dismissed and Briscoe came out to add extra runs to the Redcaps’ total, finishing with 37 from 22 not out with a massive final over where 22 extra runs were added to the total and Briscoe smashing 20 of them. Maddox was the team player, taking quick and sometimes dangerous second runs to keep Briscoe on strike.

The Redcaps ended with a competitive 7 for 263. In the chase, the tight bowling and fielding of the Redcaps kept Claremont’s run rate low with the New Norfolk taking wickets at the right times to stem the flow of runs and to eventually have Claremont all out for 214 in the 46th over.

Nichols was the pick of the bowlers with 4 for 32 from 7.1 overs, with Briscoe taking three wickets, and single wickets to Rice and Maddox. Neads as wicketkeeper snagged two catches with a nice diving one-hander to give Maddox his wicket, and Booth effected a runout.

Batting: J.Rigby 67 from 62, H.Booth 62 from 63 from 84.
Bowling: J.Nichols 4 for 32 from 7.1, T.Briscoe 3 for 43 from 10.

With the Redcaps bringing home two premierships from their three men’s teams, its been another successful season at Tynwald Park and I’m sure the extra bling for the new clubhouse will be proudly displayed.

JUSTIN BENSON

EDITOR’S NOTE: A big thank you to Justin Benson for his reporting on Derwent Valley and Central Highlands cricket – men’s, women’s and youth, this season. It’s a huge task and very much appreciated.

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