Derwent Valley and Highlands cricket results – Week 12

LAST Thursday evening saw the start of the T20 series for the 1st grade competition with New Norfolk fielding an undermanned team for the first outing. Roster games returned for the seniors but the juniors remain on the school holiday break for a few more weeks. Throughout this week’s cricket there were some outstanding individual performances which made selecting the five top players for the News VIP votes very difficult. Making the selection of the top three was near on impossible. Lets have a look at the fantastic cricket that was on display this week.

NEW NORFOLK – 1st Grade T20 format, Round 1, January 4: New Norfolk 10/115 (18 overs) was defeated by Wellington 5/119 (15.4 overs). The Redcaps had to scrape together a team to play on Thursday night and it was well known that the team was fairly underpowered for a T20 clash. Batting first, the Redcaps only managed 115 before being bowled out prior to their full 20 overs. Jye Lester and Mathew Bowden had to work for their 27 and 20 respectively, with the rest of the team struggling to score. Bowling, the Redcaps had five of their seven bowlers take a wicket each, with Josh Walsh the pick of the bowlers. In the end Wellington cruised to an easy victory in the 16th over. Batting: J. Lester 27 from 20, M. Bowden 20 from 19. Bowling: J. Walsh 1 for 11 from 2, T. Blackwell 1 for 14 from 2.

PHOTO GALLERY: New Norfolk v Wellington T20

NEW NORFOLK – 1st grade 50-Over format: New Norfolk 4/481 (50 overs) defeated the Knights 5/372 (50 overs). Up on top of the world at Collinsvale on Saturday, the Redcaps 1 team took on the Knights. Batting first, the Redcaps went to work smashing boundaries all over the place. Opener Blake Kemmler saw out the full innings to finish 185 not out with Jason Rigby also firing a quick 150 before getting out. Jake King also put on 74. Through some fine fast-action batting, the Redcaps finished the innings and posted 481 on the smallish Collinsvale oval. Defending such a big score, the Redcaps limited the Knights’ run rate and kept them to a final score of 5 for 372 giving the Redcaps another good win. Batting: B. Kemmler 185 from 137, J. Rigby 156 from 63. Bowling: Jeremy Nichols 2 for 70 from 10, Joshua Nichols 2 for 83 from 9.

3rd Grade 50-Over format: New Norfolk 7/299 (50 overs) defeated the Knights 10/50 (29.4 overs) on Saturday in a home game for the Redcaps 2 team at Tynwald Park. Batting first, the Redcaps finished with 299. Cody Neads came in after one of the openers was bowled in the third over and finished with a fine 107, finding the boundary 20 times with two sixes and 18 fours. Bowling, the Redcaps took the important wicket of Mallison on the first ball of the second over with the perfect delivery from Maddox to take the stumps. Another quick wicket in the third over had the Redcaps in a winning position. But the best was yet to come. When spinner David Mitchelmore was brought into the attack no one would have predicted the carnage he was about to unleash taking five wickets in just 16 balls without conceding a single run. Through the unbelievable bowling of Mitchelmore the Redcaps secured an easy win, bowling the Knights out for just 50. Batting: C. Neads 107 from 83, W. Banks 37 from 40 (not out). Bowling: D. Mitchelmore 5 for 0 from 2.4 overs, J. Rowlands 3 for 17 from 10.

6th Grade 40-Over format: New Norfolk 5/126 defeated Claremont 10/123 (29.2 overs). Sunday saw the Redcaps 3 team play at Tynwald against Claremont. In a measure of how far this team has improved over the season, round one saw Claremont defeat the Redcaps by 25 runs. This rematch saw the Redcaps bowl out Claremont for 123 in under 30 overs and then chase down the win in just 19 overs with plenty of wickets in hand. Again we see the younger players leading the way with Beau Kline topping the scoring and bowling stats with Tom Eiszele also picking up a couple of wickets bowling. Young stars Logan Hunt (24 from 14) and Tyson Smith (22 from 26) also batted well and both picked up a wicket. Batting: B. Kline 39 from 39, L. Hunt 24 from 14. Bowling: B. Kline 4 for 40 from 8, T. Eiszele 2 for 17 from 3.

Women’s T20 format: New Norfolk 7/73 (20 overs) was defeated by Claremont 4/76. The Redcap Women played Claremont on Sunday at Abbotsfield Park. Taking full advantage of the home ground, Claremont bowled first and restricted the Redcaps to 73 from the full 20 overs. The loss of wickets at the wrong time and good fielding restricted the Redcaps’ ability to score fast. Kelly Read top-scored with 16 and was the only player to get into double figures. It took Claremont less than half of its innings to get the winning runs not before young Angel Green bowled two economical overs to pick up a wicket and concede just four runs. Batting: K. Read 16 from 14, T. Millhouse 8 from 14. Bowling: A. Green 1 for 4 from 2 overs, L. East 1 for 10 from 2.

MOLESWORTH – 2nd grade 50-over format: Molesworth 10/107 (29.2 overs) was defeated by Sorell 8/111 (26.1 overs). Molesworth 1 travelled to Sorell on Saturday. Batting first the Molesworth batsmen found it hard to score with only three players getting into double digits and opener Josh Ransley gaining about half the runs scored off the bat himself. With the ball and defending such a small score the Molesworth bowlers and fielders made a real match out of the game and had five wickets down before they had half the total needed. Sorell limped across the line with only two wickets to spare in the 27th over. Ransley was in the bowling figures as well completing a good individual outing finishing with four wickets. Batting: J. Ransley 45 from 41, J. Wilton 14 from 19. Bowling: J. Ransley 4 for 42 from 10, J. Wilton 2 for 30 from 8.1.

6th Grade 40-Over format: Molesworth 9/129 (40 overs) was defeated by St Virgil’s. Back at Boyer Oval on Saturday, the Molesworth 2 team hosted St Virgil’s. Batting first the Molesworth team managed to see out their full 40 overs and posted 129 as a score to chase down. Nick Piuselli was the top performing batter, finishing with 29 runs. At the time of writing the full scorecard for St Virgil’s was not available they were at 5 for 103 at the 28th over. Mark Jablonski had claimed four wickets for just 15 runs from six overs. Batting: N. Piuselli 29 from 33, A. Bradley 19 from 42. Bowling: M. Jablonski 4 for 15 from 6, N. Wakefield 1 for 9 from 2.

GRETNA – 2nd Grade 50-Over format: Gretna 10/121 (39.1 overs) was defeated by Old Beach 6/124 (29.5 overs). Gretna 1 had a Saturday game against Old Beach on the smallish Cloak Oval. Finding it hard to get into a grove of scoring runs, the Gretna team was all out for 121 with Mathew Burns top-scoring with 35. Defending the small total, Gretna put up a good fight and had Old Beach on the ropes in the 14th over, taking five of their wickets and reducing them to 57. Old Beach steadied through an experienced cricketer and completed the run chase in the 30th over. Batting: M. Burns 35 from 34, R. Browning 24 from 50. Bowling: C. Cunningham 2 for 14 from 8, R. Langford 1 for 11 from 1.5.

4th Grade 50-Over format: Gretna 10/181 (46.4 overs) defeated by Marquis Tigers 1/182 (31.1 overs). Gretna 2 travelled to New Town to play Marquis Tigers at Ogilvie High School. This game marked a remarkable achievement by one of the Gretna players with Brian Smith playing his 400th Gretna Cricket Club game. Smith batted well in his milestone game, coming in at number five and was still out in the middle when the last Gretna wicket fell, leaving him stranded on 37 not out. Marquis Tigers in their batting innings proved to good for Gretna taking just over 31 overs to seal the win with the loss of only one wicket through the bowling of Jack Evans. Batting: A. Maddox 60 from 65, B. Smith 37 from 75. Bowling: J. Evans 1 for 14 from 3.

BOTHWELL – 3rd Grade 50-Over format: Bothwell 10/224 (39.4 overs) defeated Claremont 10/68 (25.4 overs). Saturday’s game at Bothwell was against Claremont. Batting first, the Bucks were scoring at a good rate but kept losing wickets and found themselves all out with 10 overs left posting a target of 224. Brock Nichols top-scored with 41 with opener Adam Pearce the next best with 36. However the Bucks bowlers came on and destroyed the Claremont batting line up having them all out in the 26th over, scoring just 68 and giving the Bucks a huge win. In a magnificent display of bowling Brock Nichols after top scoring took six wickets for just 18 runs. Batting: B.Nichols 41 from 52 (not out), A. Pearce 36 from 28. Bowling: B. Nichols 6 for 18 from 10, B. Mayne 2 for 20 from 9 overs.

7th Grade T20 format: Bothwell 5/108 (11.5 overs) defeated the Knights 10/106 (20 overs). The Bucks 2 team played Sunday up at Collinsvalle in another T20 match against the Knights. Bowling first, the Bucks were able to limit the Knights to a fairly small target for the small Collinsvale Oval of 106 including taking the last wicket on the last ball of the innings. Charlie Rolls and Scott Brazendale picked up three wickets each. It took the Bucks fewer than 12 overs to take a good win, scoring the runs at a quick pace with Joey Eyles smashing 63 from just 20 balls and remaining not out. Eyles innings included 7 sixes and just 3 fours. Batting: J. Eyles 63 from 20, M. Blundell 22 from 22. Bowling: C. Rolls 3 for 16 from 3, S. Brazendale 3 for 21 from 4.

With so many great performances this week we have an equal-5th in the tally. Input from several cricketing sources assisted in placing these players in order and perhaps reflected on the grade of cricket played and the situation each game was at and the player’s input to the overall team performance.
1 – Blake Kemmler (New Norfolk 1) – 185 from 137 (not out, batting all innings)
2 – Jason Rigby (New Norfolk 1) – 156 from 63
3 – Brock Nichols (Bothwell 1) – 6 for 18 from 10 bowling and 41 from 52 (not out) batting
4 – David Mitchelmore (New Norfolk 2) – 5 for 0 from 2.4 overs bowling
5 – Josh Ransley (Molesworth 1) – 45 from 41 batting and 4 for 42 from 10 bowling AND Cody Neads (New Norfolk 2) – 107 from 83 batting.


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