Week 22 of local cricket: Flag for Redcaps 7th Grade

NEW NORFOLK – 7th Grade 1day format – Grand Final (18/3/23): Saturday saw the Redcaps 3 team win the grand final when they fronted up to St Virgil’s College oval to take on the home team. St Virgil’s have had the wood on the Redcaps all year but when it counted the Redcaps shone through. Captain Jamie Hill brought some absolute first class skipper work with him and carried the team with the bat to finish what has been a great last few weeks for Hill to claim not only another premiership but also player of the match.

Bowling first, the Redcaps set about with some good spells of bowling, reducing St Virgil’s run rate and taking wickets at crucial times of the game each time just as St Virgil’s started to score freely. One of the first wickets taken was a lucky bit of team work where bowler Josh Dykes threw his leg out at a ball that was driven hard back at him. The ball deflected of Dykes’ leg and quick-thinking wicket-keeper Cale Browning effected a good catch to dismiss the opening batsman who had been scoring at a rapid rate. St Virgils ended with 188 from their 40 overs loosing 5 wickets. Nathan Heron took two wickets in a team effort with the bowling and fielding.

Batting second, New Norfolk’s openers Hill and Azza Triffitt once again set up the team with a strong opening partnership putting on 117 runs in 14.3 overs prior to Triffitt’s wicket falling. Hill went on to make a fine 87 runs with some great boundaries. In the end the Redcaps, lost only the two opening batsmen and ended up 2 for 189, gaining the win in just over half the innings’ overs. It was a fantastic effort from a well-balanced team of experienced players, matched with the up-and-comers.

Batting: J. Hill 87 from 51, A. Triffitt 37 from 49; Bowling: N. Heron 2 for 45 from 8, A. Triffitt 1 for 19 from 6.

NEW NORFOLK – 1st Grade – Preliminary Final (18/3/23): The Redcaps 1 team played the equally-strong Rokeby at Clarendon Vale Oval on Saturday to see who would progress to the upcoming grand final against Claremont. Batting first, the Redcaps started to look to be in trouble with some early wickets and not many runs on the board. Batting at number five, Nathan Rice seemed to be at the crease far too early in the game, but went about putting together a fine batting performance to set up a good total in the end. Rice made it to his first century for the year. Realising the overs were running out, he blasted a further 25 before getting out. Rice had a couple of good partnerships at the crease with Rigby and Neads. The Redcaps were able to post an end of innings total of 9 for 302.

Bowling second, the Redcaps knew Rokeby have batted well most of the season and needed some good bowling to
keep them in the grand final chase. Enter Jeremy Nicols who took four wickets for just 36 runs to put Rokeby on the back foot. The Redcaps were able to bowl Rokeby out for 244 allowing the Redcaps to progress to the grand final on this Saturday, March 25 at Abbotsfield Park.

Batting: N. Rice 125 from 101, C. Neads 41 from 46; Bowling: J. Nichols 4 for 36 from 10, J. Maddox 2 for 36 from 7.

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