Week 20 of local cricket – first week of finals

NEW NORFOLK:
1st Grade one-day format – Qualifying Final (4/3/23):
The Redcaps 1 team hosted Claremont in the qualifying final on Saturday. After the bye week last week, the Redcaps were hoping to get back on track. Bowling first, they saw Claremont set a target of 287 with the loss of 7 wickets. Chasing the target, the Redcaps lost important wickets at the wrong times and were all out for 239 giving Claremont the win. Mathew Dance put on a fine century with the bat for the Redcaps. The Redcaps have another shot at finals glory taking in Wellington at Tynwald Park in the 2nd semi final. Batting: M. Dance 100 from 88, S. Wishart 37 from 70. Bowling: T. Briscoe 2 for 51 from 10, H. Booth 1 for 31 from 10.
3rd Grade – Elimination Final (4/3/23): The 2nd Redcaps team had their work cut out when they faced Bothwell in the elimination final at Bothwell. Coming off a season where Bothwell had taken two fairly easy wins over the Redcaps, it was clear who the underdog was for the final. However finals cricket is a different ball game and the Redcaps bowlers came to play and do damage. The Redcaps batted first, putting on a low target of 125 before all were out. However, the bowlers and work in the field saw the Bothwell Bucks out for 109, taking the Redcaps through to next Saturday’s Preliminary Final. The bowling demolition was led by Aaron Drew with 4 wickets for just 13 runs. Josh Dykes, elevated from 7th Grade, took 3 wickets. Batting: A. Drew 23 from 32, J. Rowlands 23 from 63. Bowling: A. Drew 4 for 13 from 5.5, J. Dykes 3 for 38 from 6.
7th Grade – Elimination Final (5/3/23): Sunday saw what was possibly the game of the weekend with the Redcaps 3 taking on MacKillop at North Warrane Oval in a do-or-die elimination final. Bowling first, the Redcaps saw MacKillop bat the full 40 overs, putting on 182 as the target. In the chase, captain Jamie Hill opened and got New Norfolk off to a solid start putting on 63. When the 6th wicket fell in the 30th, over the Redcaps started coming into bat still needing 31 runs to win. In the 31st over the wicket of Adam Pearce fell, leaving youngsters Liam Lowe and Cale Browning at the crease and facing increasing pressure. Lowe’s wicket fell in the 33rd over and in came another young player, Liam Maw (14), to partner with Browning (9) in a pressure-filled environment for two young players. However these two played sensible cricket, not taking any risks and showing a level of cricket maturity above their age as they knocked the ball into gaps to pick off singles and twos to put on a winning 24-run partnership over 7 and a half overs to take the win with just 2 balls remaining. The Redcaps 3 now move onto the Preliminary Final against Bothwell Saturday at Bothwell. Batting: J. Hill 63 from 80, A. Pearce 18 from 37. Bowling: B. Kline 2 for 32 from 8, N. Heron 2 for 37 from 8.

GRETNA:
2nd Grade – Elimination Final (4/3/23):
Saturday saw Gretna 1 travel to Eady St to take on Weily Park in the Elimination final. Bowling first, Gretna saw Weily Park put on 221, with their final wicket falling in the 50th over. Chasing down the target, the Gretna team fell short and found themselves all out for 175. Jacksyn Mann batted well to finish so close to a half-century. With the loss comes the end of the 2022/23 season for the Gretna 1 team. Batting: J. Mann 47 from 90, T. Jarvis 31 from 34. Bowling: J. Duggan 2 for 24 from 10, T. Grant 2 for 36 from 8.
5th Grade – Elimination Final (4/3/23): Gretna 2 hosted Montagu Bay in the Elimination Final on Saturday. With some good bowling and fielding, the Gretna team limited Montagu Bay to 164 in their full 50 overs. Gretna was able to get the required runs with 10 overs remaining, to take the win and progress to next week’s Preliminary final against St Aidan’s at Cambridge. Batting: S. Booth 22 from 21 (not out), J. Ackerly 22 from 52. Bowling: J. Campbell 2 for 20 from 10, C. Cunningham 2 for 32 from 10.

BOTHWELL:
3rd Grade – Elimination Final (4/3/23):
The Bothwell Bucks had a home game final against New Norfolk for their second encounter in as many weeks. Bowling first, the Bucks were able to limit the redcaps to just 125 having them all out. Unfortunately in the chase to gain the victory the Bucks also lost wickets cheaply and at the wrong times to also be all out, falling short with just 109. Opener Cody Eyles looked to have the Bucks on track with a quickfire 39, but the last 5 wickets fell for just 19 runs. With the loss comes the end to the Bucks’ season. Batting: C. Eyles 39 from 20, B. Nichols 16 from 39. Bowling: N. Eyles 3 for 26 from 10, M. Eyles 3 for 35 from 10.
7th Grade – Qualifying final (5/3/23): The 2nd Bucks team hosted St Virgil’s in the 7th Grade qualifying final on Sunday. Bowling first, the Bucks saw St Virgil’s bat the full 40 overs and put on 189. Batting second, the Bucks couldn’t get much momentum against a well-drilled bowling and fielding team and lost their last wicket with 1 over left in the innings but still well short of runs with just 142. The Bucks now face-off against New Norfolk in the Preliminary final next Saturday at Bothwell. Batting: B. McCallum 27 from 66, C. Osborne 26 from 36. Bowling: C. Osborne 3 for 43 from 8, J. Duffy 2 for 24 from 8.
Women’s 1st Grade – Semi Final (5/3/23): The Lady Bucks played Claremont at Claremont in the Semi-Final on Sunday. Batting first, Claremont made it clear that they wanted to progress in the finals and put on a great score of 194 for the loss of 3 wickets in 20 overs. The Lady Bucks found themselves all out for 36 to complete their 2022/23 season. Batting: J. Hansch 7 from 9, S. Foster 5 from 5. Bowling: 1 wicket each to S. Foster, B. Fenton and C. Commane.

JUNIOR RESULTS:
New Norfolk – Under 15 – Finals Round, 7th v 8th:
The Redcaps played UTAS Black at Lower Queenborough Oval for final ladder finishing positions 7 or 8. Batting first, the UTAS team put on 239 in 37 overs prior to being all out. Knowing they needed to dig deep to take the win, Redcaps captain Haiden Smith led the way, capping off what has been a great year from Smith, making his first 100 and finishing 127 not out from 92 balls. Smith smashed 13 fours and 8 sixes in his innings and was well supported by Logan Hunt (who the night before picked up the Redcaps Spirit Award) with a fine 69 from 87. In the end the Redcaps took the win with a little over 4 overs and 3 wickets remaining. Batting: Haiden Smith 127 from 92 (13 x 4s, 8 x 6s), Logan Hunt 69 from 87 (11 x 4s). Bowling: Jack Dance 2 for 24 from 4, Ronan Hunt 2 for 31 from 4.5.
Under 13 – Finals Round, 5th v 6th: Sunday morning saw the Redcaps play Clarence Roo to see who would complete the year 5th or 6th in the standings. Unfortunately for New Norfolk it was going to be Clarence’s day. The Roos batted first and put on 262 and then went on to to have the Redcaps all out for 50. Batting: Gabriel Bannister 13 from 21 (1 x 4), Jack Neads 12 from 22 (1 x 4). Bowling: Jude Bannister 2 for 35 from 5, Jack Neads 2 for 38 from 5.

Gretna – Under 15 –grand final (5/3/23): Gretna was crowned Under 15 premiers after a fantastic game by the team on Sunday. Capping of a fabulous return to junior cricket for the Gretna Cricket Club, the two best teams from this year’s competition faced off at Sorell. The Sorell team had previously beaten the Gretna team but on Sunday Gretna was able to reverse the outcome. Batting first, the Gretna team was all out just prior to the full 40 overs, putting 215 on the scoreboard. They followed this with some great bowling and tight fielding to have Sorell all out in the 32nd over for 184. All year this squad has been putting in team efforts and Sunday was no different. Captain James Brazendale and vice captain Ayce Maddox led the way with the bat with 40 and 88 runs respectively. Batting: Ayce Maddox 88 from 79 (11 x 4s, 4 x 6s), James Brazendale 40 from 42 (8 x 4s). Bowling: Seb Farrow 2 for 14 from 4 (1 maiden), Mikel Blundell 2 for 14 from 2.4.
Under 13 – Finals Round, 7th v 8th (5/3/23): On Sunday morning at Gretna the Under 13s played the Glenorchy Black team in the 7th v 8th playoff. Batting first, the Glenorchy team batted the full 30 overs and posted a score of 182. Gretna was also able to bat out the full 30 overs but fell short with runs and finished on 116. Batting: Xabia Barrington 31 from 27 (4 x 4s, 1 x 6), Reuben Stott 26 from 59 not out (1 x 4). Bowling: Cooper Gleeson 2 for 10 from 3 overs, Hudson Stott 1 for 13 from 4.

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