Southern Cricket Association
A CAPTAIN'S knock was the order of the day in 2nd Grade on Saturday with Gretna I captain Ben Rainbird making a superb 170 and Molesworth I captain Ricky Martin making 114. Both leaders have shown some great form during the season and now is the pefect time to be amongst the runs. Both will be looking to do it all again this Saturday when the two sides face off against each other in the first week of the finals.
Rainbird opened the batting in his side's 181-run thrashing of Sandford at Gretna and hit 18 fours and 5 sixes, recording his highest score ever. Those who were at the ground said it was a great innings to watch and while Rainbird stole the limelight Glenn Blackwell made an excellent 86 runs, sharing a 167-run stand with his captain. Blackwell struck 8 fours and 4 sixes while at the crease. Earlier, the other opening batsman Damien Hack made 40 and he to shared a excellent opening stand of 124 with Rainbird. Craig Cunningham made 20 not out (2 fours) and Jackson Ackerly 18 (four). Gretna finished 5-355 off 50 overs (16 extras). In reply Sanford were bowled out for 174 off 34.2 overs (44 extras). Peter Jelkic bowled well taking 2-12 off five overs. Jackson Ackerly 2 for 36 off 6 while Ben Rainbird finished his day with 1-7 off two overs. Craig Cunningham took 1-14 off 5. Aaron Maddox took 1-28 off 4 overs and Corey Ransley 1-35 off 6.
Molesworth I record a 66-run win over the lowly Derwent at New Town High School on Saturday. As mentioned captain Ricky Martin made an excellent 114. Martin hit 10 fours and 5 sixes on his way to his first century for the season. Opener Nick Piuselli also batted well, making 76 (11 fours, 4 sixes). Chris Slater made 25 (4 fours) while young Brad Ransley made 24 with 5 fours. Ransley did well and shared a 102-run partnership with his captain. Molesworth finished with the great score of 8-312 off 50 overs (33 extras). In reply Derwent gave the big total a good shot but just couldn't get there, finishing 10 for 246 off 47 overs (34 extras). At one stage Derwent were 9 for 139, then a last-wicket stand off 107 kept the Molesworth players in the field that bit longer. Timmy Nichols, who hasn't played much this season, did well finishing 4-25 off 10 overs. Chris Slater took 3-32 off 6 while M. Siely got 1-46 off 10 and century maker Ricky Martin got 1-52 off 9.
In 4th Grade Bushy Park recorded their fifth win in a row, downing Marquis Tigers by 81 runs at Lansdowne. Danny Mason put a well made 71 together for the Park while the ever reliable Damien Madden made 49. Nathan Grant batted well down the order putting on 30 while J. Crosswell got 15 and openers Troy Smith and Nick Fenton made 17 each. Bushy Park finished 10 for 228 off 44.5 (23 extras). The Tigers got off to a bad start, losing the first wicket with just four runs on the board and from here just didnt look like getting close to the total to win and were bowled out for 147 off 32 overs (23 extras). Troy Smith continued his great season, taking 3-40 off 10 as did Nathan Grant 3-51 off 10. Mitch Crosswell opened the bowling and did very well taking 2-16 off 6 while Trent Grant got 1-35 off 6.
In the other 4th Grade match, Gretna II ended its season on a high, winning its first match since round seven by defeating McRobies Gully by 57 runs at Boyer Oval. Gretna had first hit making 10-157 off 38 overs (42 extras). In reply McRobies Gully were bowled out in 30.4 overs for the even 100 (18 extras).
In 5th Grade New Norfolk II went down to Richmond/Cambridge at Tynwald Park on Sunday. The visitors had first hit, making the very good total of 4-299 off 50 overs (30 extras). Jamie Hill was the main wicket taker with 2-49 off 9 overs while Mitch Rice took 1-22 off 4 and Richard Munnings was a tad expensive 1-70 off 10. In reply New Norfolk II were bowled out for 167 in 44.3 overs (28 extras). Jamie Hill top-scored with 31 (2 sixes), Graeme Rowlands 26 (5 fours), T. Mayne 21 (3 fours, 1 six), Richard Munnings 20 (2 fours), Dylan Pearce 12 (2 fours).
With Molesworth II forfeiting their last three out of four matches they are now out of the 5th Grade roster and didn't play this round.
Ladders after Round 18 (Top 5 play off in finals)
SECOND GRADE: Rokeby 96, Gretna I 78, Molesworth I 69, New Norfolk I 60, Runnymede 54, Richmond/Cambridge 48, Sandford 45, Montagu Bay 30, Derwent 15, Bagdad 15.
FOURTH GRADE: Bushy Park 78, MacKillop Beltas 72, Old Beach 72, DOSA 66, Hobart 66, Knights 66, Marquis Tigers 54, Gretna 42, Dynnyrne 30, McRobies Gully 24, St Aidans 24, Derwent 18.
FIFTH GRADE: Wellington 93, Richmond/Cambridge 63, Lindisfarne 63, Rokeby 63, Montagu Bay 57, New Norfolk II 57, Old Beach 45, Molesworth II 21, Sorell 15, Risdon Vale 12.
SECOND GRADE - Saturday: Qualifying Final, Gretna I v Molesworth I at Gretna. Elimination Final, New Norfolk I v Runnymede at Tynwald Park.
FOURTH GRADE - Saturday: Qualifying Final, MacKillop Beltas v Old Beach at Cambridge Oval. Elimination final, DOSA v Hobart at Shoobridge Park.