SOUTHERN CRICKET ASSOCIATION
IN hot and windy conditions at Gretna on Saturday, Gretna I recorded its first win over Richmond/Cambridge since entering the SCA. Gretna defeated Richmond/Cambridge by 100 runs. All-rounder Mathew Burns scored an excellent century to help his team to victory. Batting at number three, Burns came to the crease with the score at 1 for 33. He took little time to get his eye in and soon hit 114 of which 80 runs came in boundaries (14 fours and 4 6s). He had a 91-run partnership with Damien Hack (37 runs) and a 77-run stand with Jackson Ackerly (24 runs). Burns was dismissed with the total on 6 for 219. Gretna won the toss made a good total of 10 for 267 off 47 overs, defended well and bowled Richmond/Cambridge out for 167. Aaron Maddox bowled extremely well in the hot conditions, snaring 4 for 30 off his 10 overs. His effort was a real team-lifter that got the wickets falling early for Gretna. Craig Cunningham and Peter Jelkic also bowled well, picking up two wickets each, and Ben Rainbird took one. Cricket throws up all sorts of situations and this match was no exception. Umpire Colin Cunningham earned his money in the 33 degree heat.
On the much cooler Sunday, Bushy Park hosted Gretna II at the showgrounds, winning by a massive nine wickets. Bushy won the toss and sent Gretna in to make just 99 runs from 28.1 overs. Joey Eyles was the only Gretna batsman to reach double figures with 13. All the Bushy Park bowlers did very well. The comeback kid Troy Smith captured 4 for 24 off 6.1 overs. Smith may have had even better figures had he been on target - he bowled 11 wides. Brothers Nathan and Dylan Grant both took two wickets as did the ever-reliable Mitch Crosswell. In reply Bushy made fast work of chasing down the small target, reaching the total in just over 11 overs and finishing 1 for 100. Troy Smith capped off a great day, smashing 42 off 20-odd balls. Mitch Crosswell did likewise, making 38no while Damien "Mazda" Madden made 14no. These two clubs have had some great matches over many seasons and there was still plenty of friendly bantter going on even though there was points up for grabs. Congratulations to Gretna's Nick Wakefield who played his 50th club game.
New Norfolk I lost its first match since round two, going down to Runnymede by 73 runs at Tynwald Park. Runnymede had first hit and made the good score of 8 for 229. Spinner Ashley Morgan did very well, taking 4 for 52 off his 10 overs, Josh Dykes got two wickets while Stewart Rice bowled well also, 1 for 15 off 10 overs. In reply New Norfolk couldn't withstand the Runnymede bowling and was dismissed for 156 off 33.2 overs. Ashley Morgan tried hard with the ball and top-scored with a well made 43, but had little assistance. Tomas Hanson is doing very well at the moment and made 28. Stewart Rice made 19, Rohan Heron 15 and captain Glen Williams 13.
Molesworth I also went down, losing to the under-rated Sandford by 61 runs at Sandford. Molesworth won the toss and sent the home side into bat for a defendable 10 for 182 off 47.5 overs. Brad Coppleman bowled very well snaring five wickets for Molesworth. 49 extras to Sandford didn't help the visitors at all. In reply Molesworth were all out for 121 after 33.1 overs. No Molesworth figures were available at the time of writing.
In 5th Grade New Norfolk II went down to Rokeby at Caburys by eight wickets. The Red Caps won the toss, had first hit and were bowled out for 124 off 36.5 overs. Chris Ashcroft top-scored with 43 while captain Stephen Nichols, Jamie Hill and Mark Thurston all scored 15 runs each to be the other main scorers. Ashcroft and Thurston did a great job for their team, putting on a 52 run partnership to rebuild the innings, but when Ashcroft was out the wickets kept falling. In reply Rokeby reached the score in just 21 overs finishing 2 for 125. Mark Thurston bowled very well for New Norfolk and finished with 2 for 19 off 5 overs.
In the other 5th Grade match Molesworth II went down to Richmond/Cambridge at Boyer by 101 runs. The visitors made 8 for 231 off their 50 overs with Tim Nichols and S. Evans the main wicket takers for Molesworth. In reply Molesworth made 10 for 130 off 35.1 overs. No other details were available at the time of writing.
SCORES - SECOND GRADE: Gretna I 10 for 267 off 45.5 over (47 extras) d Richmond/Cambridge 10 for 167 off 40.3 overs (35 extras) at Gretna. Gretna I batting: Mathew Burns 114 (14 4s, 4 6s), Damien Hack 37 (3 4s, 1-6), Jackson Ackerly 24 (2 4s), Todd Jarvis 12 (1 4). Gretna I bowling: Aaron Maddox 4-30 (10), Peter Jelkic 2-20 (5), Craig Cunningham 2-21 (7), Ben Rainbird 1-7 (2.3).
Runnymede 8 for 229 off 50 overs (22 extras) d New Norfolk I 10 for 156 off 33.2 overs (12 extras) at Tynwald Park. New Norfolk I batting: Ashley Morgan 43, Tomas Hanson 28, Stewart Rice 19, Rohan Heron 15, Glen Williams 13, Josh Rowlands 11. New Norfolk I bowling: Ashley Morgan 4-52 (10), Josh Dykes 2-52 (10), Stewart Rice 1-15 (10).
Runnymede 10 for 182 off 47.5 overs (49 extras) d Molesworth 10 for 121 off 33.1 overs (12 extras) at Sandford. No other figures were avaliable.
FOURTH GRADE - Bushy Park 1 for 100 off 11.3 overs (6 extras) d Gretna II 10 for 99 off 28.1 overs (32 extras) at Bushy Park Showgrounds. Gretna II batting: Joey Eyles 13 (1 4). Bushy Park bowling: Troy Smith 4-24 (6.1), Dylan Grant 2-15 (4), Mitch Crosswell 2-21 (8). Bushy Park batting: Troy Smith 42, Mitch Crosswell 38no, Damien Madden 14no. Gretna II - bowling: Cody Eyles 1-30 off 4.
FIFTH GRADE - Rokeby 2 for 125 off 21 overs (12 extras) d New Norfolk II 10 for 124 off 36.5 overs (22 extras) at Cadburys No.1. New Norfolk II batting: Chris Ashcroft 43, Stephen Nichols 15, Jamie Hill 15, Mark Thurston 15. New Norfolk II bowling: Mark Thurston 2-19 (5).
Richmond/Cambridge 8 for 231 off 50 overs (29) extras d Molesworth II 10 for 130 off 35.1 overs (25 extras) at Boyer Oval. No other figures available.
Next games, Round 9
All Matches start at 10.30am
SECOND GRADE - Saturday: Gretna I v Sandford at Sandford, Molesworth I v Derwent at Boyer Oval,
New Norfolk I v Rokeby at Clarendon Vale.
FOURTH GRADE - Saturday: Gretna II v Dynnyrne at New Town High School, Bushy Park v St Aidans at Bushy Park Showgrounds.
FIFTH GRADE - Sunday: New Norfolk II v Richmond/Cambridge at Richmond, Molesworth II v Old Beach at Old Beach