FINE weather this weekend saw all the rostered Southern Cricket Association games get a start. Dew on Tynwald oval caused the Redcaps first grade game to push back to an 11.30am start which seemed to be the only blemish for the weekend. The juniors are experiencing a start/stop/start to their season having the first round last weekend and then a full competition bye weekend this weekend.
WEEK 4 RESULTS – OCTOBER 28-29:
NEW NORFOLK – 1st Grade 50-over format: New Norfolk 7/196 (44 overs) was defeated by Weily Park 9/197 (43.2 overs). An undermanned New Norfolk I hosted Weily Park at Tynwald on Saturday in what was a close encounter. After a delayed start, both teams had their innings reduced to 44 overs. The Redcaps batted first and after a couple of quick wickets they settled through an 88-run partnership from the captain and coach Seb Wishart (73 not out) and Jordan Banks-Smith (39). When the visitors came into bat the game had some ups and downs for the Redcaps. Every time they seemed to get on top of the Rockers the visitors would settle again and have a stubborn batsman that just wouldn’t offer up a chance. Even through the efforts of Josh Walsh (3 wickets) and Tom Briscoe (2) the visitors gained the winning run with just four balls remaining and only one wicket in hand. Batting: S. Wishart 73 from 101no, J. Banks-Smith 39 from 72. Bowling: J. Walsh 3 for 35 from 9, T. Briscoe 2 for 33 from 9, S. Wishart 1 for 22 from 9.
3rd Grade T20: New Norfolk 1/52 (7 overs) defeated Knights 10/50 (16.3 overs). New Norfolk II played its last T20 rostered match against the Knights at Collinsvale on Saturday. Needing a win to keep the T20 finals hopes alive, the Redcaps needed a good outing and they didn’t disappoint. Right from the coin toss the Redcaps were ready to dish up some serious cricket. The Knights batted first and lasted 16.3 overs before being all out for 50 runs. The Redcaps fielders were on song, making the scoring of cheap runs impossible. Spinner Dave Mitchelmore bowled 1.5 overs to take three wickets for just three runs. In the run chase the Redcaps secured the win, losing one wicket in the 7th over to give the team an early finish and a berth in the T20 finals. Opener Rohan Heron scored a quick-fire 35 runs not out. Batting: R. Heron 35 from 30, S. Rice 11 from 5. Bowling: D. Mitchelmore 3 for 3 from 1.3, J. Nicols and J. King 2 for 10 from 3 each.
6th Grade T20: New Norfolk 5/85 (20 overs) was defeated by Molesworth 4/86 (13 overs). The Redcaps III team hosted cross-town rivals Molesworth at Tynwald on Sunday morning. With both team having had a win each in the T20 roster, both were looking to secure a win to give themselves any chance of progressing to the finals. The Redcaps batted first and were able to bat the full 20 overs with wickets in hand to post what has been a defendable target in previous rounds. Unfortunately for the Redcaps, Molesworth had a better day with the bat, taking the win and knocking the Redcaps out of finals contention. With the bat, Beau Kline led the way for New Norfolk, knocking up 27 runs. With the ball, young bowlers are making regular appearances in the stats through Logan Hunt (2 wickets) and Hayden Smith (1). Batting: B. Kline 27 from 33, T. Lowe 14 from 26. Bowling: L. Hunt 2 for 19 from 3, H. Smith 1 for 5 from 2.
MOLESWORTH – 2nd Grade 50 over format: Molesworth 10/200 (47.5 overs) was defeated by Sandford 7/201 (33.3 overs). Molesworth I travelled down to Sandford for Saturday’s clash with top of the table Sandford in what was poised to be a testing game for the visitors. In a promising sign of good things developing at Molesworth, the team nearly got through its full 50 overs with young gun Nick Ransley again having a good day with the bat and ball scoring basically a run per ball for 31 before being dismissed. Keeping the Ransley name in the stats, Josh Ransley top-scored for Molesworth with a fine 70 from just 66 balls. Sandford being at home knew where to hit the ball for quick runs and managed to gain the win in the 34th over. Batting: J. Ransley 70 from 66, N. Ransley 33 from 34. Bowling: N. Piuselli 3 for 25 from 3, N. Ransley 1 for 31 from 5.
7th Grade T20: Molesworth 4/86 (13 overs) defeated New Norfolk 5/85 (20 overs). As described above, it was a cross-town showdown between Molesworth and New Norfolk in the final T20 roster match with Molesworth taking out the win in 13 overs. Tim Boatwright had a good day out, top-scoring by smashing the ball to all parts of the ground for a slick 38 from just 12 balls which included seven boundaries (three big 6s and four 4s). Boatwright produced the goods earlier with the ball as well sending down 4 overs for just 11 runs and a wicket. With the win Molesworth finish the T20 roster in third spot and will be playing the finals when they are announced. Batting: T. Boatwright 38 from 12 (not out), A. Bradley 13 from 28. Bowling: J. Edwards 2 for 16 from 4, T. Boatwright 1 for 11 from 4.
GRETNA – 2nd Grade 50-over format: Gretna 10/138 (37.5 overs) defeated Richmond/Cambridge 10/135 (41 overs). Gretna I was at home again on Saturday, this time against Richmond/Cambridge team. Batting first, Gretna struggled to get any runs flowing and found itself all out for 138 in the 38th over. Mathew Burns was again the pick of the batsmen, top-scoring with 31. As they say in cricket, when the first innings is completed for a low total “at least you have those runs on the board”. In what was the second close game on Saturday, Ben Rainbird was able to knock over the stumps of the last batsman with the visitors requiring just four more runs for victory and nine overs to complete the task. Craig Cunningham again had some really economical figures, sending down 10 overs and conceding just 15 runs while picking up two wickets. Batting: M. Burns 31 from 26, B. Wallis 27 from 63. Bowling: R. Langford 3 for 14 from 6, C. Cunninham 2 for 15 from 1.
4th Grade T20: Gretna 3/128 (20 overs) was defeated by Old Beach 7/132 (19.2 overs). Gretna II played off against top-of-the-T20-ladder team Old Beach at Old Beach on Sunday. Gretna needed to overcome the skilled home team for any chance of making the T20 finals. Batting first, Gretna gave itself a chance posting 128 with the loss of three wickets. Jack Evans finished not out with 24 runs and topped-off the day by snagging two wickets. Jackson Ackerly assisted with the bat and top-scored with 27. Even though Old Beach had a few wickets to spare, the game went down to the fourth last ball of the game to gain the result and win for Old Beach. Batting: J. Ackerly 27 from 37, J. Evans 24 from 20 (not out). Bowling: J. Evans 2 for 17 from 4, S. Booth 1 for 23 from 4.
BOTHWELL – 4th Grade T20: Bothwell 10/82 (16 overs) was defeated by Rokeby 3 / 83 (13.4 overs). Bothwell I hosted top-of-the-table Rokeby at Bothwell on Saturday. As with the other T20 games, a win was a must to give Bothwell any chance of proceeding to the finals unfortunately the visitors were far too strong, bowling out the Bucks batters for 82 runs. Adam Pearce was in the batting stats again, top-scoring with 22. Rokeby needed fewer than 14 overs to get the win despite the effort of Jorden Conley picking up all three of the wickets taken by the Bucks. Batting: A. Pearce 22 from 17, N. White 11 from 12. Bowling: J. Conley 3 for 22 from 4.
7th Grade T20: Bothwell 6/126 (29.4 overs) defeated Sorell 10/125 (35 overs). Bothwell II travelled to Sorell to play Sorell in their first one day format game (40 overs) for the season. The Bucks bowed tight and fielded well to have Sorell all out for 125 with five overs of the innings remaining. Steven Harvey snagged four poles and only conceded 17 runs in a great display of bowling. Not done there, Harvey opened the batting and set up the innings with a good first wicket partnership of 34 to kick off the Bothwell innings and was eventually dismissed top scoring with 34 runs not out. The Bucks took home the win in the 30th over. Batting: S. Harvey 34 from 74, J. Eyles 23 from 29. Bowling: S. Harvey 4 for 17 from 8, J. Eyles 2 for 7 from 3.
TOP-3 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Week 3: Washed out.
1 – Steven Harvey (Bothwell II) – 4 for 17 from 8 overs bowling and 34 from 74 not out batting
2 – Tim Boatwright (Molesworth II) – 38 from 12 batting and 1 for 11 from 4 bowling
3 – Josh Ransley (Molesworth I) – 70 from 66 batting
JUNIORS: The Hurricanes Junior League competition had a full weekend bye to allow for the unofficial Hobart Show Day long weekend.
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