Derwent Valley and Highlands cricket results – Week 19 (finals)

WEEK 19 RESULTS – 1ST WEEK OF FINALS – MARCH 2-3

IT’S down to the business end of the cricket season for a few of our local teams. All three men’s and also the women’s teams from the New Norfolk Redcaps made the finals; the Bucks at Bothwell had both of their teams qualify for finals; and at Gretna their second grade team also made it to the first week of the finals. These matches were played yesterday and today. Its great to see so much success from the Derwent Valley and Central Highlands teams this year in making finals, as well as the development of the up and coming players at most clubs. Let’s see how they went this weekend.

NEW NORFOLK – 1st Grade 50-over format – ELIMINATION FINAL: New Norfolk 8/235 (50 overs) was defeated by Weily Park 4/236 (46.1 Overs). The New Norfolk 1st Grade team hosted the Elimination Final at Tynwald Park on Saturday. Their opponent was the Weily Park Rockers. In a game where the winner would continue to progress in the finals series and the loser would see their season come to an end, both teams were going to lay it all on the line. The visitors won the toss and sent the Redcaps in to bat. Opener Matt Dance (95) got the team off to a good start supported by Blake Kemmler (29). When Kemmler’s wicket fell the visitors got into a grove of reducing the run rate and taking key wickets at the right time. Seb Wishart played a great mid-order knock to finish not out at the end of the innings not out. The Redcaps finished with 235 on the board – a score they knew they would need to play well and take a bit of luck to maintain their finals campaign. With the ball, the Redcaps struggled to take wickets which allowed the Rockets to claim the victory in the 47th over with six wickets in hand. Tom Briscoe had the better bowling figures and also teamed up with wicket-keeper Dance to effect a run out. Being an elimination final, the loss means the season for the 1st Grade Redcaps has now concluded. Batting: M. Dance 95 from 104, S. Wishart 61 from 69 (not out). Bowling: T. Briscoe 1 for 32 from 10, J. Walsh 1 for 33 from 10.

3rd Grade – 50-over format – QUALIFYING FINAL: New Norfolk 6/259 (50 overs) defeated Claremont 9/179 (50 overs). Finishing on top of the ladder, the Redcap 2s won the right to host the qualifying final, but with the 1st Grade team also hosting a final on Saturday, the Twos needed to adopt Boyer Oval as their home-away-from-home when they hosted Claremont. With a grand final berth up for grabs for the winner, both teams were out to play some serious cricket. Claremont won the toss and sent the home team in to bat. Openers Rohan Heron and Jake King set the tone and put on a 149-run partnership to place the Redcaps in a commanding position early in the game. Heron top-scored for the team and personally for the season with 107, with King finishing on 69. The Redcaps saw out the full 50 overs to post 259 as the score to beat. With the ball, Thomas Blackwell went about snuffing out Claremont’s grand final hopes by taking four wickets, Josh Rowlands picked up two wickets and the Redcap bowlers and fielders played a team game to reduce Claremont’s ability to score. In the end Claremont finished its 50 overs well short of the target, giving the Redcaps a berth in the 3rd Grade grand final in a fortnight against the winner of next weekend’s game between Claremont and Bothwell. Batting: R. Heron 107 from 147, J. King 69 from 99. Bowling: T. Blackwell 4 for 35 from 8, J. Rowlands 2 for 10 from 7.

6th Grade – 40-over format – ELIMINATION FINAL: New Norfolk 8/204 (40 overs) was defeated by Wellington 4/266 (40 overs). The Redcap 3s had a good second half of the season and really highlighted the work that the trainers put into the team across game days and the training nights during the year. With the good second half of the year, this young team snuck into the finals campaign and with the way they have been playing of late, anything is now possible. Today (Sunday) saw the team play in the Elimination Final against Wellington at Eady St. Wellington batted first and saw out its full 40 overs, posting a good score of 266 which would take some good batting from the Redcaps to beat. With the ball, it was the young bowlers once again taking the wickets with Bobby Nossiter picking up two wickets including a great caught and bowled. With the bat, Liam Lowe opened and continued making runs like last week. He played a great innings to have his best score for the season to finish on 79 when he was run out. The young Redcaps team played a great game and saw out the full 40 overs but unfortunately were short of the required runs at the end of the innings. With the loss comes the end of the season but this team needs to remember how their season started and how it finished ,and the great improvements made thanks to the efforts of captain Beau Kline with help from experienced cricketers Tim Lowe and Michael Holloway. Batting: L. Lowe 79 from 86, T. Smith 29 from 53. Bowling: B. Nossiter 2 for 31 from 7, H. Smith 1 for 49 from 6.

Women’s T20 format – SEMI FINAL: New Norfolk 8/76 (14.2 overs) was defeated by Montagu Bay 3/170 (20 overs). In a rematch of last weekend’s game, the Redcaps played Montagu Bay on Saturday at Cambridge Oval in the Semi Final. With both semi finals for this grade basically elimination finals, it was win and progress to next week’s grand final or lose and complete this season of cricket. Batting first, Montagu Bay came out swinging and through some good batting posted a big score of 170. The Redcaps gave it their all but were unable to match Montagu Bay’s game plan. Scoring 36 with the bat and also having the best bowling figures, young Angel Green showed why she would be crowned the team’s best and fairest winner that night. The season now concludes for the women Redcaps. Batting: A. Green 36 from 39 (not out), K. Read 8 from 7. Bowling: A. Green 1 for 27 from 4, L.East 1 for 28 from 4.

4th Grade 50-Over format – QUALIFYING FINAL: Gretna 10 / 97 (36.2 overs) was defeated by Sorell 3/101 (15.5 overs). Gretna 1 played Sorell at Sorell on Saturday in a match that would see the winner progress straight to the grand final and the loser getting a second chance this weekend. For Gretna, the later scenario is the case. On Saturday, Gretna didn’t seem to be in the game at all. Batting first and seeing four ducks on the scorecard with Rhys Browning top scoring with just 24, it was always going to be a low target for Sorell to chase. When Gretna’s last wicket fell, they had posted 97 runs. It took Sorell just 16 overs to take the win and progress to the grand final. Corey Ransley picked up two wickets with Trent Grant taking the other. Gretna gets to regroup and have another crack at getting into the grand final when they take on Sandford on Saturday at 11am (venue to be confirmed). Batting: R. Browning 24 from 59, M. Burns 21 from 35. Bowling: C. Ransley 2 for 39 from 8, T. Grant 1 for 25 from 3.

BOTHWELL – 3rd Grade 50-over format – ELIMINATION FINAL: Bothwell 8/282 (50 overs) defeated Wellington 10/154 (34.5 overs). Bothwell 1 met Wellington at Eady St Oval in Glenorchy for the Elimination Final where the winner would keep progressing the finals campaign and the loser begins planning for next season. With a couple of good weeks of cricket just played, the Bucks were hoping to continue that form and they didn’t disappoint. Blake Mayne led the way with a fantastic innings of 132 from just 108 when he was stumped coming down the pitch to a spinner. It was great to see most of the Wellington players congratulating Mayne on his great innings as he made his way back to the sidelines. With Mayne;s 132 and good batting from the other Bucks, the team posted a good total of 282. With the ball and through good fielding, Wellington couldn’t get into contention to take the win with the Bucks bowling them all out for 154 in the 35th over. Mayne picked up two wickets to finish a player of the match performance but he wasn’t the best bowler on the day with Matty Eyles taking four wickets and Josh Eyles three. The Bucks now play off against Claremont on Saturday with the winner to progress to the grand final to face New Norfolk the week after. Batting: B. Mayne 132 from 108, J. Devine 32 from 43. Bowling: M. Eyles 4 for 34 from 7.5, J. Eyles 3 for 24 from 7.

7th Grade 40-over format – QUALIFYING FINAL: Bothwell 5/244 (40 overs) defeated MacKillop 10/195 (37.4 overs). Bothwell 2 finished on top of the ladder and won the right to host the qualifying final at Bothwell today (Sunday) where they took on MacKillop. Batting first, the Bucks saw out their full 40 overs and showed MacKillop why they finished minor premiers, posting 244 with the loss of just five wickets. Joey Eyles had a season high score of 75 to top-score for the Bucks with several others also batting well. With the ball and again good fielding, the Bucks limited the run rate and with a few overs to go took the last wicket off MacKillop to take a 49-run win. The Bucks now progress straight to the grand final in a fortnight’s time. Batting: J. Eyles 75 from 88, A. Rolls 46 from 61. Bowling: C. Rolls 3 for 39 from 7, T. Branch 2 for 21.

STILL IN THE HUNT:

A recap of the upcoming finals and the teams still in the hunt for a premiership flag:

  • New Norfolk 3rd Grade team: Grand final berth on Saturday, March 16 (venue and opponent TBA)
  • Gretna 2nd Grade team: Preliminary final on Saturday, March 9, 11am v Sandford (venue TBA)
  • Bothwell 3rd Grade team: Preliminary final on Saturday, March 9, 11am v Claremont (venue TBA)
  • Bothwell 7th Grade team: Grand final berth on Saturday, March 16 (venue and opponent TBA)

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