SOUTHERN CRICKET ASSOCIATION
Finals week three
MOLESWORTH I has advanced to its third 2nd Grade grand final in a row after defeating New Norfolk I by seven wickets at the weekend. Molesworth won the premiership back in 2010-11 and was runner up last season, and will again play off in the big one, this time against the all-conquering Rokeby.
After a rain affected match at Boyer Oval on Saturday, reduced from the normal 50 overs to 34, New Norfolk after winning the toss had first hit making 88 for the loss of three wickets. Openers Jake King 30 runs and Rohan Heron 26 put on a 40-run stand, but with the wet conditions the runs dried up. From here New Norfolk scored just 48 more runs with David Maddox making 15. The Molesworth bowlers did very well with Brad Coppleman taking 2-5 off four overs while Nathan Eiszele finished with 1-21 off seven overs. Although they didn't take wickets, Dean King 0-11 off nine and Ricky Martin 0-17 off seven also did very well in restricting the New Norfolk batsmen from scoring.
In reply, Molesworth were never troubled, finishing 3-89 off 17.2 overs. Opener Nick Piuselli batted very well at the top, making 45 not out with three 4s and two sixes. Captain Ricky Martin sure knows how to bat in the big matches and made 31 (three 4s and two sixes). New Norfolk used four bowlers to try to contain the Molesworth batsmen. Jamie Maddox, Josh Dykes and Stewart Rice all took a wicket each, but it just wasn't New Norfolk's day, with Molesworth running out easy winners.
In the 4th Grade preliminary final, Bushy Park went through to its second grand final in a row after their match against Old Beach at Tynwald Park was eventually washed out. Old Beach won the toss and sent Bushy Park into bat. The openers got their side off to a excellent start with a 92-run opening stand, Troy Smith making 55 and captain Shaun Fenton 50. Both batsmen are looking in very good form for the big one this Saturday. Geoff Crosswell made 24 while Dylan Grant made 18 not out. Bushy Park made 5-161 off 35 overs. The match was stopped by rain which later resulted in the match being washed out. With Bushy finishing on top this means they go straight into the grand final against the MacKillop Beltas at Campania this Saturday.
Molesworth I 3-89 off 17.2 overs (6 extras) d New Norfolk I 3-88 off 34 overs (15 extras) at Boyer Oval. New Norfolk batting: Jake King 30 (two 4s), Rohan Heron 26 (four 4s), David Maddox 15. Molesworth bowling: Brad Coppleman 2-5 (4), Nathan Eiszele 1-21 (7). Molesworth batting: Nick Piuselli 45no ( three 4s, two 6s), Ricky Martin 31 (three 4s, two 6s). New Norfolk bowling: Stewart Rice 1-18 (5), Jamie Maddox 1-22 (3), Josh Dykes 1-23 (5.2).
Bushy Park 5 for 161 off 35 overs (7 extras) v Old Beach (did not bat) at Boyer Oval. Match washed out with Bushy Park progressing to the grand final. Bushy Park batting: Troy Smith 55, Shaun Fenton 50, Geoff Crosswell 24, Dylan Grant 18no.