ROUND 17 of the Southern Cricket Association produced two excellent centuries: one from New Norfolk I all-rounder Stewart Rice who smashed 123 in his team's win over Runnymede, and the other from Gretna I wicketkeeper/batsman Glenn Blackwell who belted 118 in his team's victory over Richmond/Cambridge. It was both Rice & Blackwell's first hundred for the season and with finals coming up after the next round the timing of their good form couldn't be better.
In the match at Runnymede, New Norfolk I won the toss, elected to bat and hit up an impressive 9 for 342 off its 50 overs (27 extras). As mentioned Stewart Rice was the star for the Red Caps with his century, hitting 106 runs in boundaries (13 fours and 9 sixes)! Dav Maddox has also been in excellent form with the bat this season and hit 82 (8 fours and 2 sixes). Maddox shared a 147-run stand with Rice, setting up the big total. T. Hanson made 27 (5 fours) and opener Rohan Heron made 25 (3 fours). In reply Runnymede just couldn't handle the big run chase and were bowled out for 176 off 35.1 overs (18 extras). As he did with the bat, Rice also shone with the ball, taking 3 for 26 off 8 overs. Ashley Morgan 3 for 50 off 7.1, Josh Dykes 2 for 35 off 10 and Josh Rowlands 1 for 59 off 10 were the other wicket takers.
In a very good match at Richmond, Gretna I sewed up second spot on the 2nd Grade ladder with a 24-run win over Richmond/Cambridge. Gretna won the toss and had first hit, making the good total of 10 for 265 off 49.2 overs (38 extras). At one stage Gretna was 6 for 159 and a competitive total didn't look to be on the cards, but a welcome return to form by Glenn Blackwell with his 118 (12 fours and 4 sixes) lifting the team's total over 250. Blackwell shared a 94-run stand with Tom Allcock 16 (1 four). It was Blackwell's first hundred since the 2007-08 season where he made 107 in the former DVCA. Mathew Burns continued his good form, making 48 (7 fours) while captain Ben Rainbird made 21 (1 six). In reply Richmond/Cambridge fell just short, being bowled out for 241 off 48.2 overs (23 extras). Gretna opening bowler Aaron Maddox did well taking 3 for 49 off 10, Craig Cunningham 2 for 50 off 10, Peter Jelkic 2 for 52 off 10, Ben Rainbird 1 for 20 off 3 and Mathew Burns 1 for 41 off 5.2. Corey Ransley bowled well finishing 0 for 27 off 10 and was unlucky not to get a wicket. With a few catches going down, one would expect this to have been rectified at Gretna during the week.
In the third match in 2nd Grade, Molesworth I defeated Sandford at Boyer Oval by 4 wickets. Sandford won the toss and had first hit and was bowled out for just 82 off 30.2 overs, 22 coming in extras. The collapse of the Sandford batsmen was due to the excellent bowling of Molesworth captain Ricky Martin who snared 6 for 30 off 8.2 overs. Opening bowler Dean King also did well taking 2 for 11 off 7 overs. Brad Coppleman 1 for 2 off 1 over and Nathan Eiszele 1 for 25 off 10 also did well. In reply Molesworth made very hard work of the small total losing six wickets along the way, finishing 6 for 84 off 19 overs (5 extras). Brad Coppleman top-scored with 27 not out (3 fours). Nick Piuselli 23 (3 fours) and Ricky Martin 16 (1 four and 2 sixes) and Cody Neads 6no were the other run scorers.
In 4th Grade Bushy Park won their fourth match in as many weeks, thrashing McRobies Gully by eight wickets at Cambridge Oval. McRobies had first hit and was bundled out for just 67 off 20.1 overs (10 extras). Mitch Crosswell turned things on with the ball, taking 4 for 5 off 5 overs (1 wide and 1 no ball). The Grant brothers did well, Dylan 2 for 10 off 4, Nathan 2 for 36 off 5 and Trent 1 for 0 off 1 ball. Troy Smith took the other wicket, 1 for 16 off 6. In reply Bushy didn't much around and finished 2 for 71 off 13.4 overs (11 extras). Nick Fenton opened the batting and made 25, Damien Madden remained 20no and Geoff Crosswell 13no. Bushy have bowled a few sides out for some small totals this year and must be confident with finals coming up. Let's hope they can go one better this season and win the final.
Gretna II on the other hand just can't find that winning feeling, suffering a 208-run loss to Hobart at Gretna. Hobart won the toss and made the huge total of 4 for 351 off its 50 overs (51 extras). It was a hard day at the office for the Gretna bowlers with Joey Eyles taking 2 for 62 off 10 overs, Nick Wakefield 1 for 59 off 10 and Todd Jarvis 1 for 68 off 10. In reply Gretna was all out for 143 off 30.1 overs (24 extras). Veteran Brian Smith narrowly missed out on a half century, making 49 (7 fours). Joey Eyles gave good support and made 21 (4 fours), Adam Browning 13 (2 fours), and Cody Eyles made 12 (2 fours).
In 5th Grade New Norfolk II bounced back from its loss the previous week with a 111-run victory over second-placed Rokeby at Tynwald Park. The visitors won the toss and sent New Norfolk into bat to make a good total of 10 for 224 off 43.3 overs (38 extras). Captain Stephen Nichols batted well making 46 (4 fours and 3 sixes). Dylan Pearce did well making 25 (2 fours) while Jon Murray got 20 (4 fours) as did Richard Munnings 20 (2 fours). In reply Rokeby were bundled out for 113 off 23 overs (16 extras). Josh Walsh yet again cleaned up with 4 for 31 off 10. Richard Munnings 2 for 60 off 10, Adrian Eiszele 1 for 1 off 1 over and Mitch Rice 1 for 17 off 2 overs.
In the other 5th Grade match, Molesworth II forfeited to Richmond/Cambridge. This is the third time this has happened in the past four weeks.
SCA Round 18 (last round before finals). All matches start at 10:30am
SECOND GRADE - Saturday: Gretna I v Sandford at Gretna, Molesworth I v Derwent at New Town High School, New Norfolk I v Rokeby at Tynwald Park.
FOURTH GRADE - Saturday: Gretna II v McRobies Gully at Boyer Oval, Bushy Park v Marquis Tigers at Lansdowne.
FIFTH GRADE -Sunday: New Norfolk II v Richmond/Cambridge at Tynwald Park, Molesworth II v at Old Beach at Boyer Oval.
Unofficial ladders after Round 17 (Top 5 play off in finals, a win is worth six points)
SECOND GRADE: Rokeby 90, Gretna I 72, Molesworth I 63, New Norfolk I 60, Runnymede 48, Richmond/Cambridge 48, Sandford 45, Motagu Bay 24, Derwent 15, Bagdad 15.
FOURTH GRADE: DOSA 84, MacKillop Beltas 72, Bushy Park 66, Hobart 60, Knights 60, Old Beach 60, Marquis Tigers 54, Dynnyrne 30, Gretna 30, McRobies Gully 24, St Aidans 24, Derwent 12.
FIFTH GRADE: Wellington 87, Rokeby 63, Richmond/Cambridge 57, New Norfolk II 57, Lindisfarne 57, Montagu Bay 54, Old Beach 39, Molesworth II 21, Risdon Vale 12, Sorell 12.