Southern Cricket Association
GRETNA I made it three wins in a row with an eight wicket win over Derwent
at New Town last weekend. Derwent won the toss and elected to bat but just couldn't
handle the Gretna bowling and was bundled out for just 96. Vice captain
Corey Ransley bowled superbly taking 4 for 18 off his 10 overs to put
the Derwent batting line up into disarray. Craig Cunningham continues to bowl with elegance, taking another three wickets in
what was his 100th match for Gretna I. Bruce Emery also
had fine figures, finishing with 1 for 13 off 10. In reply Gretna had
little trouble chasing down the small target, losing just the two wickets
with keeper/batsman Glenn Blackwell making 40 not out and Mathew
Burns who is swinging the willow nicely this season remained 37 not
Defending a total of just 158 runs, Bushy Park with some excellent bowling rolled the second-placed MacKillop Beltas by 56 runs. Dylan Grant 5 for 25 and Troy Smith 4 for 23 skittled the Beltas for just 102 to put Bushy right back in the finals race. Grant and Smith bowled extremely well against one of the top teams in 4th Grade and must take much of the credit for the win. Opening batsman Geoff Crosswell hit a well made 55, next was Damien Madden who made 28 while captain Shaun Fenton made 21 and Dylan Grant 13. This weekend Bushy will host Hobart with the winner taking outright third spot. This match is an all-important one as from third to sixth spot on the ladder all teams are on 48 points.
In a reduced overs match New Norfolk I got back on the winners list with a 96-run victory over Sandford at Sandford. All-rounder Ashley Morgan batted well making 71 while the hard-hitting Jake King just missed out on a half century, making 49. Stewart Rice has had a superb season thus far and again got amongst the runs making 40. The Red Caps reached 6 for 205 off 35 overs. In reply Sandford could only manage 109 off their 35 for the loss of eight wickets. This was due to the very tidy bowling by all the New Norfolk bowlers, with the in-form Josh Walsh leading the charge with 3 for 34, after taking 5 for 32 for New Norfolk II the day before.
New Norfolk II haven't lost a match since round eight and recorded a 61-run win over the Montagu Bay Sharks at Geilston Bay last weekend. The Sharks won the toss and sent the Red Caps into bat making 10 for 186. Openers Richard Munnings 63 and captain Stephen Nichols 30 batting well sharing an 82-run partnership. Josh Dykes made 25 while youngster Mitch Rice made 20 before being run out. In reply the Sharks never really got going and were dismissed for 125 in the 36th over. This was due to the terrific bowling by Josh Walsh 5 for 32 off 10 and new player Brad Kemmler 4 for 22 off 10. With four rounds remaining New Norfolk II looks set to play a big part come finals time which must have their captain smiling from ear to ear!
Gretna II can't seem to find that winning feeling they had at the start of the season and went down to St Aidans at Gretna by 30 runs. Having first hit, St Aidans got off to a great start and at one stage were 4 for 120. From here the Gretna bowlers got on top with Rhys Browning keeping his team in the match and finishing with the impressive figures of 6 for 40 off 10. Browning was well supported by the experienced Joey Eyles who took 3 for 34. In reply Gretna reached 10 for 132 with young Cody Eyles top scoring with a fine 29 in the lower order. His father Joey Eyles made 16 as did Jordan Hastie and the man with the bag of wickets, Rhys Browning, made 13.
The 2nd Grade match between Molesworth I and Runnymede at Runnymede was washed out while in 5th Grade Molesworth II lost to Wellington on forfeit.
SCORES - SECOND GRADE: New Norfolk I 6 for 205 off 35 overs (10 extras) d Sandford 8 for 109 off 35 overs (18 extras) at Sandford. New Norfolk batting: Ashley Morgan 71, Jake King 49, Stewart Rice 40, Glen Williams 15, Rohan Heron 12. New Norfolk bowling: Josh Walsh 3-34 (6), Daniel Taylor 1-7 (1), Stewart Rice 1-10 (7), Graeme Rowlands 1-11 (4), Josh Dykes 1-24 (7)
Gretna I 2 for 100 off 17.3 overs (13 extras) d Derwent 10 for 96 off 42.1 overs (9 extras) at New Town High School. Gretna batting: Glenn Blackwell 40 not out Mathew Burns 37 not out. Gretna bowling: Corey Ransley 4-18 (10), Craig Cunningham 3-27 (10), Peter Jelkic 2-27 (3.1), Bruce Emery 1-13 (10).
Molesworth I v Runnymede at Runnymede - washed out.
FOURTH GRADE: Bushy Park 10 for 158 off 42.1 overs (31 extras) d MacKillop Beltas 10 for 102 off 30.3 overs (16 extras) at Cambridge Oval. Bushy Park batting: Geoff Crosswell 55, Damien Madden 28, Shaun Fenton 21, Dylan Grant 13. Bushy Park bowling: Dylan Grant 5-25 (8.3), Troy Smith 4-23 (10), Mitchell crosswell 1-18 (7).
St Adians 10 for 162 off 34 overs (24 extras) d Gretna II 10 for 132 off 33.2 overs (22 extras) at Gretna.Gretna batting: Cody Eyles 29 4-4's 1-6, Joey Eyles 16 3-4's, Jordan Hastie 16, Rhys Browning 13 1-6, Cameron Emery 11 1-6. Gretna bowling: Rhys browning 6-40 (10), Joey Eyles 3-34 (6), Adam Browning 1-36 (7).
FIFTH GRADE - New Norfolk II 10 for 186 off 48.1 overs (30 extras) d Montagu Bay Sharks 10 for 125 off 35.4 overs (33 extras) at Geilston Bay. New Norfolk batting: Richard Munnings 63, Stephen Nichols 30, Josh Dykes 25, Mitchell Rice 20. New Norfolk bowling: Josh Walsh 5-32 (10), B. Kemmler 4-22 (10), Richard Munnings 1-6 (2.4).
Molesworth II lost to Wellington by forfeit.
SCA Round 15
All matches start at 10.30am
SECOND GRADE - Saturday: Gretna I v Montagu Bay Sharks at Gretna; Molesworth I v Richmond/Cambridge at Boyer Oval; New Norfolk I v Derwent at New Town High School.
FOURTH GRADE -Sunday: Gretna II v Old Beach at Gretna; Bushy Park v Hobart at Bushy Park Showgrounds.
FIFTH GRADE- Sunday: New Norfolk II v Molesworth II at Tynwald Park.