MOLESWORTH I went one better than their tie of last week by defeating Gretna I at Boyer Oval on Sunday. In a match that could have gone either way, Molesworth won the toss and having first hit made a defendable total of 150. Nick Piuselli 39 runs and M. Siely 28 runs got their team of to a great start with a 63-run opening partenership, but from here things slowed up. Nathan Eizsele made 21 down the order as did Chris Slater who is back in the team making 18. Others to chip in were the Coppleman brothers Daniel with 14 and Brad with 10. Peter Jelkic and Mathew Burns were the main Gretna wicket takers with three each while Craig Cunningham picked up two and Bruce Emery finished with excellent figures of 1 for 13 off 10 overs. In reply Gretna got off to a bad start losing three wickets with just 23 runs in the book and with wickets falling regularly the job got harder. Capatin Ben Rainbird, 47 runs, put up a great fight and at one stage it looked like the Gretna boys may get over the line, but it wasn't to be, being bowled out for 124. Bruce Emery made 18 and Mathew Burns 12. four of the five Molesworth bowlers took wickets with two each. Brad Coppleman was the best with excellent figures of 2 for 8 off six overs. Youngster Cody Neads wore the gloves for Molesworth and took one catch. Well done Cody.
767 runs in two weeks, now that's batting. New Norfolk I who are in magical form so far this season, sent out a warning with another excellent display of cricket. The Red Caps amassed a huge total of 398 of their 50 overs batting first against a hapless Bagdad outfit at Bagdad. All-rounder Stewart Rice had a real day out making 92 runs with the bat and then picked up four wickets to be the main contributor for the day. But it wasn't just a one man show with all the New Norfolk bastman making double figures except two - Josh Dykes remained 4 not out and Mark Thurston did not bat. Two other batsmen made half-centuries, Ashley Morgan 59 and Thomas Hanson who played his first match for New Norfolk I made 55. The biggest partnership came from Rice and Morgan who put on 121 for the fourth wicket. In reply Bagdad were all out for 102. Stewart Rice collected four wickets while Josh Dykes got 2 to be the main Red Cap wicket-takers. New Norfolk have now won five on the trot and it's hard to see them losing many games at the rate they are going.
Gretna II bounced back from its big loss last week by defeating McRobies Gully by seven wickets on Saturday at Gretna. Gretna all-rounder Cameron Emery shone with both bat and ball to help his side get back on the winners list. The visitors won the toss and elected to bat, hitting up the competable total 172 before being bowled out in the 42nd over. Emery who took 4 wickets claimed the top three McRobies Gully batsmen, mounting great pressure on the other batsmen for Cody and Joey Eyles and Todd Jarvis who took two wickets each. In reply Gretna made light work of the target losing just the three wickets with Emery making 41, while captain Todd Jarvis was just as good with 40 not out. Brian "Red Ink" Smith did his usual bit making 35 not out, while Nick Wakefield chipped in with 17.
Bushy Park who lost their first three matches of the season won their fourth match in a row on the weekend by defeating Marquis Tigers by 45 runs at the Bushy Park Showgrounds. Wicket-keeper/batsmen Shaun Fenton who also took four catches, batted well making a fine 65 and along with a solid 39 from Danny Mason and 25 from Damien Madden the Bushy boys racked up 212 off their 50 overs. In reply the Tigers gave it a great shot, but just couldn't handle the bowling of young Trent Grant. Grant skittled the Tigers attack to take 5 for 36 to help his team to another great victory. Grant was well backed up by Nick Fenton 2 wickets and Mitch Crosswell and Danny Mason one each. The Bushy Park team are showing some signs of form from last season of which they made the grand final and this weeks match against Gretna II is looking to be a great match of the two local teams.
Molesworth II made it a double for the club winning a close match against Rokeby at Boyer Oval on Saturday. Molesworth won the toss but sent Rokeby in to bat. They made a modest total of 10 for 147. It was veterans day for Molesworth II with Martyn Evans, Dion Hay three wickets each and Dean King taking two, while youngster Jye County also got two. In reply Molesworth chased down the runs with just two wickets in hand. Opener Dean King put to bed any chance of retiring top scoring with 55, hitting three 4s and three 6s along the way. S. Evans made 36 and Sean "Paddy" Hay made 14 while Shannon Long got 10. With eight down and 13 runs needed the combination of evergreen Ricky Neads 5 not out and the keen Blase Reed 7 not out, saw their team get over the line.
New Norfolk II lost their match against Wellington at Tynwald Park on Saturday by five wickets. The Red Caps won the toss and elected to bat making 157. Jamie Hill lead the way making his first half century for the club making 58, Captain Stephen Nichols chipped in with 28 while opener Jamie Maddox got 20 and Josh Walsh made 11. In reply Wellington lost just the five wickets in chasing down the Red Caps total. New Norfolk had five individual wicket takers, but this wasn't enough to contain the Warriors batsmen who got the job done comfortably with nearly 25 overs remaining.
RESULTS - SECOND GRADE: New Norfolk I 8 for 398 (30 extras) d Bagdad 9 for 102 off 31.5 overs (16 extras) at Bagdad. New Norfolk I batting: Stewart Rice 92, Ashley Morgan 59, Tomas Hanson 55, Glen Williams 35, David Maddox 33, Leigh Berry 29, Rohan Heron 28, Chris Ashcroft 18, Jacob Wessing 16. New Norfolk I bowling: Stewart Rice 4-35 (10), Josh Dykes 2-23 (10), Rohan Heron 1-0 (1), Ashley Morgan 1-4 (1.5), Jacob Wessing 1-19 (4).
Molesworth I 10 for 150 off 41.2 overs (16 extras) d Gretna I 10 for 124 off 35.2 overs (30 extras) at Boyer Oval. Molesworth I batting: Nick Piuselli 39 (three 4s, one 6), M. Siely 28 (two 4s), Nathan Eiszele 21 (two 4s, one 6), Chris Slater 18 (one 4, two 6s), Daniel Coppleman 14, Brad Coppleman 10 (one 4).
Gretna I bowling: Peter Jelkic 3-15 (4.2), Mathew Burns 3-41 (10), Craig Cunningham 2-49 (8), Bruce Emery 1-13 (10). Gretna I batting: Ben Rainbird 47 (two 4s, three 6s), Bruce Emery 18, Mathew Burns 12 (two 4s). Molesworth I bowling: Brad Coppleman 2-8 (6), M. Siely 2-22 (10), Nathan Eiszele 2-22 (7.2), Brad Kemmler 2-27 (5).
FOURTH GRADE: Gretna II 3 for 173 off 30 overs (36 extras) d McRobies Gully 10 for 172 off 41.4 overs ( 24 extras) at Gretna. Gretna batting: Cameron Emery 41 (six 4s), Todd Jarvis 40no (three 4s), Brian Smith 35no (three 4s), Nick Wakefield 17 (one 4). Gretna bowling: Cameron Emery 4-47 (10), Cody Eyles 2-26 (10), Todd Jarvis 2-30 (9.4), Joey Eyles 2-62 (10).
Bushy Park 8-212 off 50 overs (48 extras) d Marquis Tigers 9 for 167 off 41.1 overs (31 extras) at Bushy Park Showgrounds. Bushy Park batting: Shaun Fenton 65, Danny Mason 39, Damien Madden 25. Bushy Park bowling: Trent Grant 5-36 (10), Nick Fenton 2-25 (10), Danny Mason 1-4 (1.1), Mitchell Crosswell 1-33 (9)
FIFTH GRADE: Wellington 5 for 162 off 25.4 overs (25 extras) d New Norfolk II 10 for 157 off 37.4 overs (24 extras) at Tynwald Park. New Norfolk batting: Jamie Hill 58, Stephen Nichols 28, Jamie Maddox 20, Josh Walsh 11. New Norfolk bowling: Mitchell Rice 1-9 (2), Josh Walsh 1-30 (4), Jamie Maddox 1-32 (7), Graeme Rowlands 1-34 (7), Josh Rowlands 1-41 (5).
Molesworth II d. 8 for 150 off 34.3 overs (20 extras) d Rokeby 10 for 147 off 41.3 overs (24 extras) at Boyer Oval. Molesworth batting: Dean King 55 (three 4s, three 6s), S. Evans 36 (three 4s), Sean Hay 14 (one 4, one 6), Shannon Long 10 (one 6). Molesworth bowling: Martyn Evans 3-19 (10), Dion Hay 3-24 (10), Dean King 2-16 (8.3), Jye County 2-42 (9).
Next games, Round 8
All Matches start at 10.30am
SECOND GRADE - Saturday: Gretna I v Richmond/Cambridge at Gretna; Molesworth I v Sandford at Sandford; New Norfolk I v Runnymede at Tynwald Park.
FOURTH GRADE - Sunday: Gretna II v Bushy Park at Bushy Park Showgrounds.
FIFTH GRADE - Saturday: New Norfolk II v Rokeby at Cadburys 1; Molesworth II v Richmond/Cambridge at Boyer Oval.
Twenty20 - Semi Final
Thursday, December 6, 5.30pm. New Norfolk v St Aidans at Lindisfarne No. 2.