Some teams played finals and some missed out, while others went on to win the premiership. The men's statistics quoted below are combined from the T20 and 50-over formats.
BOTHWELL CRICKET CLUB: Bothwell I had a pretty good season in fourth grade, but would have preferred a bit more success over all. In the T20s they finished runners up by just 18 runs to St Virgil’s in the grand final. Then after winning nine matches in a row and finishing on top of the ladder in the 50-over format by 16 points, they went out in straight sets during the finals. Although the disappointment would be felt, hats off to captain Cody Eyles and his team. Standouts with the bat were Josh Eyles (498 runs and 18 wickets) and Mathew Eyles (364 runs and 25 wickets). The opening duo of Brock Nichols (37 wickets) and Cody Eyles (34 teamed) up well. Congratulations to Brock Nichols for taking a hat-trick earlier in the season.
In their first season, the Bothwell women’s team did very well. Of their eight roster matches, the team was defeated in the first three rounds, then in the next two they secured the points from forfeits. With the final three rounds, the team strung together three very good wins which put them in the top four for finals. They played off in the semi-final, going down to Montagu Bay. During the season Leisa Pearce did well with the bat making 94 runs while Jemma Burke took 11 wickets and Kristy Mayne got 45 runs and took five wickets. In all it was a very good effort in their inaugural season. Well done to club secretary Rachael Clark who was instrumental in getting the team up and running and she had great support from club president Joey Eyles and vice-president Traci Millhouse. Well done to all team members on what was a historic achievement for the club as a whole.
Gretna II had a pretty good season in fifth grade. In the T20s they finished on top of Pool A and played off in the semi-final, going down to eventual premiers Rokeby. In the 50-over roster, they won seven of their 14 roster matches, finishing third on the ladder. They then played Claremont in the first semi-final where they lost by 26 runs. Zac Crosswell made 453 runs in the season while Josh Whitford, Bailey Wheeler and Adam Browning all took more than 20 wickets each.
In seventh grade, Molesworth II missed out on the finals in the T20s, finishing last, but in the 50-over roster finished fifth. Winning eight of their 14 roster matches played, and considering their were 10 teams battling it out for a top four finals set-up, it was a pretty good effort. Captain Jack Evans led by example, making 448 runs with the willow and taking 16 wickets, and Ben Triffett captured 11.
|New Norfolk I players with the SCA first-grade shield.|
|New Norfolk II team members, back from left: Nathan Rice,|
Richard Graham, Bradley Chaplin, Sam Hoggett, Stewart Rice,
and Mitchell Crosswell; front: David Maddox, captain Jake King,
vice captains Rohan Heron and Jamie Hill, and Josh Walsh.
Playing in fifth grade, New Norfolk III won one of its three T20 matches, finishing third in Pool A and as a result didn’t play in the finals. In the 50-over roster, the Red Caps won four from 13 matches played and finished seventh, missing out on finals action. Among the runs and wickets over the two formats, captain Nathan Heron did very well with 246 runs, 25 wickets and a double hat-trick in a great performance. Young Jordon Gittus made 203 runs and took nine wickets, while David Mitchelmore took 15.
The New Norfolk Women’s team again coached by Brad Kemmler continued to show how important it is to have female cricket involved at club level. Although the women didn’t make the finals, they had some good individual performers, in particular in Lisa East who took out the team's best and fairest award and also was named in the KSCA team of the year. East scored 174 runs for the season, with highest score of 35. Others to do well were Kelly Read with 103 runs and three wickets; Amity Booth 101 runs and seven wickets; and Teagan Kemmler 82 runs and five wickets. This roster featured 20-over matches over eight rounds, plus finals.
A special mention goes to Josh Walsh who was also the club's junior development officer. Josh has been coaching and organising the juniors over the past five seasons and before this was the co-ordinator of the former Milo In2cricket and T20 Blast programs for the younger children. Josh’s knowledge and efforts over the past seven seasons has been exceptional and the way the kids look up to him is a great reflection of his hard work. Well done mate, you're a real asset to the New Norfolk Cricket Club and the wider community.
Before I conclude, a massive shout out goes to all club officials and volunteers, whose efforts nowadays basically go all year round and are greatly appreciated. It takes a lot to keep a cricket club running and with out you all, things wouldn’t run as smoothly as they do.
Lastly, please look after each other during this unfortunate coronavirus pandemic. Things will be tough on each and every one of us, but we Tasmanians are resilient. Until next season, stay strong.