Derwent Valley and Highlands cricket results – Week 18

WEEK 18 RESULTS – FEBRUARY 24-25


LEADING into the last roster match of the year before the Southern Cricket Association finals, three players were at the top of the leaderboard for the New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News Player of the Year award. Mathew Burns from Gretna 1, Nathan Rice from New Norfolk 1 and Jake Campbell from Gretna 2 are all with in reach of taking the award.

Rice and Campbell have been consistent throughout the year, picking up votes regularly. Burns, however, started the year as a standout but has had a few lean weeks on the voting tally in the second half of the season. Subject to the votes awarded this week, the award can potentially go to any of those three players.

NEW NORFOLK – 1st grade 50-Over format: New Norfolk had a bye for the final week of the roster matches. With the team currently sitting second on the ladder they will be watching the other games to see how the finals will progress from this weekend. The Redcaps will begin their finals campaign this Saturday against Weily Park in the elimination final at Tynwald Park from 11am.

3rd Grade 50-Over format: New Norfolk 9/255 (50 overs) defeated Derwent 10/135 (34.3 overs). The Redcap 2 team travelled to North Warrane Oval to take on Derwent. Batting first, the Redcaps saw out their full 50 overs and put on 255 as the target to chase. Stewart Rice played a great innings to raise the bat at 50 and again at 100 to top score for the Redcaps. Jake King also continud to score runs, finishing with 42. With the ball, the Redcaps showed why they are sitting atop of the ladder waiting for the finals to start, after bowling out Derwent for 135 and winning by 120 runs. Stewart Rice had a day out, taking four wickets for 19 runs from 10 overs. The Redcaps will begin their finals campaign this Saturday at 11am against Claremont in the qualifying final. Location to be advised. Batting: S. Rice 102 from 91, J. King from 42 from 85. Bowling: S. Rice 4 for 19 from 10, C. Neads 3 for 23 from 6.

6th Grade 40-Over format: New Norfolk 4/227 (34.2 overs) defeated Molesworth 6/221 (40 overs). The Redcap 3 team had another home game, this time hosting cross-town rivals Molesworth on Sunday. The Redcaps needed a convincing win to have any chance of playing finals. Batting first, Molesworth played out its full 40 overs, posting 221 as the score to chase. Cody Kemmler, Haiden Smith and Ben Cowell all got two wickets each. In the chase, Redcaps captain Beau Kline once again led by example and top-scored with 61 and, as he has done many times before, was not out when the win was achieved. Young Liam Lowe played a patient but solid innings to also raise the bat at 50 before falling with a score of 55. The Redcaps gained the win with five overs and six wickets in hand. After a slow start to the year this team has really finished off strong and with a couple of games going their way as well as their win, the team will also begin its finals campaign this weekend. The Recaps will meet Wellington in the elimination final at Eady St Oval #1 on Sunday at 11am. Batting: B. Kline 61 from 33 (not out), L. Lowe 55 from 78. Bowling: C. Kemmler 2 for 13 from 3, H. Smith 2 for 21 from 5.

Women’s T20 format: New Norfolk 1/126 (20 overs) was defeated by Montagu Bay 3/127 (15.3 overs). See the photo gallery here. The Redcaps hosted Montagu Bay on Saturday in what was the second game of a women’s cricket gala day at Tynwald Park. Batting first, the home team lost one wicket on the way to posting 126 from its 20 overs. Young Addysen Nossiter top-scored with 37 before retiring to give other batters a go. In the second innings, Montagu Bay chased down the winning runs with a bit over four overs to play. Again, Nossiter showed the way with the better bowling figures while Sidney Fletcher and Kelly Read also picked up a wicket each. The Redcaps will start their finals campaign this weekend in a must-win game to progress to the grand final. Saturday’s second semi-final will be a rematch with Montagu Bay at Cambridge Oval at 11am. Batting: A. Nossiter 37 from 55 (retired not out), K. Read 32 from 42 (not out). Bowling: A. Nossiter 1 for 17 from 3.2, K. Read 1 for 19 from 2.

MOLESWORTH – 2nd grade 50-over format: Molesworth 1 had a bye for the final round. Finishing in the bottom half of the ladder, the season has now concluded for the Molesworth 1 team.

6th Grade 40-Over format: Molesworth 6/221 (40 overs) was defeated by New Norfolk 4/227 (34.2 overs) as described above. Scott Edwards got to raise the bat to the Molesworth supporters when he reached the 50 milestone. With the ball, Jack Edwards was the pick of the bowlers for Molesworth with two wickets. As with the Molesworth 1 team the season now concludes for Molesworth 2. Batting: S. Edwards 51 from 46, C. Sinclair 33 from 50. Bowling: J. Edwards 2 for 34 from 7, B. King 1 for 42 from 7.

GRETNA – 2nd Grade 50-Over format: Gretna 2/118 (21.4 overs) defeated Montagu Bay 10/117 (36.3 overs). Gretna 1 had a home game on Saturday, taking on Montagu Bay. The visitors batted first and through some good bowling and fielding from Gretna the visitors were all out for just 117. John Duggan picked up three wickets. In the chase, Gretna took just under 22 overs to reach the target with the loss of just two wickets. Captain Brad Wallis top-scored with a fine 70, remaining at the crease when the winning runs were made. With Gretna finishing in the top four it will move into finals, travelling to Pembroke Park to take on Sorell in the qualifying final on Saturday at 11am. Batting: B. Wallis 70 from 62 (not out), R. Browning 34 from 40. Bowling: J. Duggan 3 for 30 from 7, A. Browning 2 for 3 from 1.3.

4th Grade 50-Over format: Gretna 10/132 (39.3 overs) was defeated by Campania 5/218 (50 overs). Gretna 2 played Campania at Campania on Saturday. Bowling first, Gretna saw Campania put on 218 from its full 50 overs. Jacob Blackwell took three of Campania’s five wickets. With the bat, Jackson Ackerly was the stand out, passing 50 prior to getting out. Unfortunately Gretna found itself all out and short of runs, giving Campania the win. In positive news for the club’s future, three Gretna juniors played in the senior team again this week. Aiden Harvey and Aydan Bailey both played their first senior game, joining Kayden Cunningham who was playing his third senior game. With young talent like this the future is bright at Gretna. Gretna 2 finished in the bottom half of the ladder this year and so this was its last game for the year. Batting: J. Ackerly 54 from 86. Bowling: J. Blackwell 3 for 21 from 10, H. Davis 1 for 10 from 1.

BOTHWELL – 3rd Grade 50-over format: Bothwell 10 / 259 (39.4 overs) defeated Knights 10/157 (27.4 overs). Bothwell 1 played the Knights at Collinsvale on Saturday and batted first. Scoring at a fair rate, the Bucks soon had a defendable score on the board but were all out with over 10 overs remaining. Cody Eyles fired off 74 for the Bucks with Nathan Eyles falling just short of his own 50. With the ball, the Bucks showed the home team no mercy, having them all out for 157 and giving the Bucks another big win on the eve of their finals campaign. Brock Nichols once again was the pick of the bowlers, taking four wickets. Batting: C. Eyles 74 from 36, N. Eyles 49 from 25. Bowling: B. Nichols 4 for 69 from 8, J. Conley 2 for 21 from 7. Bothwell will now meet Wellington in the elimination final at Eady St Oval #1 on Saturday at 11am.

7th Grade 40-Over format: Bothwell 9/189 (32.1 overs) defeated Bagdad 9/186 (40 overs). After playing in the game of the round the previous weekend, the Bothwell 2 team was at Bagdad on Sunday to take on Bagdad for the
last roster match before the finals. Bagdad batted first and saw out the full 40 overs, finishing with a target of 186 to beat. Brayden Clark was the pick of the Bucks bowlers, snagging three wickets. In the chase, the Bucks’ batters got the win with only one wicket to spare and eight overs. Mathew Glover had his best total of the season when he top-scored for the Bucks with 34 not out. Finishing on top of the ladder, the Bucks 2 team will have a home final this Sunday, taking on MacKillop in the qualifying final at Bothwell starting at 11am. Batting: M. Glover 34 from 31 (not out), S. Eyles 27 from 45. Bowling: Brayden Clark 3 for 31 from 6, C. Rolls 2 for 28 from 8.

TOP-3 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Pick up this Friday’s print edition of New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News to find out who we rate the most highly from Week 18.

JUSTIN BENSON

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