Three from three for the locals in T20

T20 ACTION FOR 1ST AND 2ND GRADE – JANUARY 24-25

PLEASANT weather greeted last week’s games with all three T20 games being played and won by our Derwent Valley teams. The Gretna game turned into one of the greatest fightbacks of recent times. Read how that game finished and how the other games went, below.

NEW NORFOLK – 1st Grade T20 format, Thursday, January 25: New Norfolk 5/132 (19.1 overs) defeated Weily Park 10 / 131 (19.5 overs). The Redcap 1 team was at Weily Park to play its last T20 match on Thursday night. After losing the previous three matches the Redcaps knew their finals chances had gone prior to the game. Bowling first, Jamie Maddox wasted no time taking out the opening batsmen with two wickets in the second over and his third wicket in the fourth over. The Rockers settled and finished all out with 131 as the score to beat. With the bat, the Redcap batters played fairly safe cricket, keeping an eye on the run rate and doing enough to keep in front of where they needed to be. The Redcaps took the win in the final over of their innings, with just five wickets falling. Mathew Bowden top-scored for the Redcaps with 35 and Nathan Rice had a good evening, getting into the top batting (32 runs) and bowling list as well (2 for 15 from two overs). Batting: M. Bowden 35 from 29, N. Rice 32 from 33. Bowling: J. Maddox 3 for 8 from 2, N. Rice 2 for 15 from 2.

MOLESWORTH – 2nd Grade T20 format, Wednesday, January 24: Molesworth 4/135 (15.2 overs) defeated St Ann’s 10/134 (18.4 overs). Playing at Boyer Oval on Wednesday night, Molesworth won the toss and sent St Ann’s in to bat. St Ann’s was scoring well at more than six runs an over but the Molesworth bowlers were able to take all the wickets, reducing how much time they had to score. Jayden Wilton hadn’t even bowled three overs to take four wickets including the last wicket of the St Ann’s batters. With the bat, Molesworth also went about scoring runs at a quick pace but respected their wickets and chased down the win in the 16th over. Nathan Eiszele finished with a quickfire 35 not out. The win slots Molesworth into third place on the T20 table with a finals berth to be enjoyed. Batting: N. Eiszele 35 from 20 (not out), B. Hodge 33 from 33. Bowling: J. Wilton 4 for 21 from 2.4, D. Coppleman 2 for 23 from 4.

GRETNA – 2nd Grade T20 format, Wednesday, January 24: Gretna 9/130 (20 overs) defeated St Virgil’s 7/129 (20 overs). Gretna was at the St Virgil’s oval on Wednesday night in what was a game that had to be seen to be believed. St Virgil’s batted first and saw out their full 20 overs, putting the score of 129 to beat on the books. Corey Ransley and Jamie Duggan both had great bowling figures, taking three wickets each for little runs over their four overs each. With the bat, Gretna was in lots of trouble early in the innings, finding itself at 7 for just 36. At this point most thought St Virgil’s was home, but a match-winning innings by Brad Wallis (78) brought the Gretna team back into the game. Needing nine off the final over to take the win, Wallis after a quick single on the first ball was run out on the second ball of the over. Blackwell came to the crease and smacked a four and then a three, to give Jarvis the strike. Jarvis was then bowled on the second last ball of the innings with the scores tied and a new batsman coming to face a bowler who had just shattered the stumps. Browning came to the crease and iced a quick single to enable Gretna to pull off one of the better fightback wins I have had the pleasure of reporting on. Unfortunately Gretna finished outside of the top four and won’t be gaining a finals berth. Batting: B. Wallis 78 from 51, T. Jarvis 17 from 32. Bowling: C. Ransley 3 for 16 from 4, J. Duggan 3 for 22 from 4.

JUSTIN BENSON

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