Molesworth I opening batsman Nick Piuselli scored an excellent 123 in his team's 26 run win over Montagu Bay at Boyer Oval. Piuselli has been a handy batsman for Molesworth over the years and belted 13 fours and 6 sixes on his way to the ton. The century-maker shared a 169-run partnership with new recruit Jamie Adams who also got amongst the runs with a well-made 79. Adams hit 6 fours and 1 six in a fine display of batting. Molesworth finished 9 for 272 off its 50 overs with Nathan Hay the next best batsman with 13. In reply the Sharks gave the Molesworth total a good shake, but were eventually bowled out in the 49th over for 246. Young Jye County the main wicket taker for Molesworth, finishing with 5 for 54 off his 10 overs which was a fine effort. Captain Bradley Coppleman picked up two wickets to be the next best with the ball.
In 5th grade New Norfolk II accounted for Molesworth II by the big margin of 139 runs. Big hitter Baxter Oliver smashed 101 in the Red Caps' big total, hitting 6 fours and a whopping 9 sixes! Oliver put on a real clinic for all onlookers while opener Richard Graham did his bit, belting 79 runs (8 fours and 3 sixes). Next best was young Mitchell Rice on 18 (2 fours) and M. Hugo who made 15. Of the Molesworth bowlers, Aaron Triffitt took 3 for 60 to be the main wicket-taker while youngtsers Josh Ransley and Jack Evans took two each and Brett Hodge and Bryce Kaye, one each. In reply Molesworth with only 10 players just couldn't manage to trouble New Norfolk's total and were bowled out for 138. But they didn't go down with out a fight, thanks to 15-year-old Dakoda Smith. Batting at number 8 he showed he is a player of the future, making a superb 64 which included 7 fours and 4 sixes. Smith has come through the juniors at the club and is every bit the cricketer in the making. The next best batman was Josh Ransley who made 12. Molesworth II has a very young side, but certainly do not lack commitment and this will go along way during the season. Of the New Norfolk bowlers it was the wicket master from last season, Josh Walsh, who took the excellent figures of 5 for 18 off 10 overs. Walsh took a swag of wicket last season and looks set to do it all again and adding to his great start he also was captain for the first time. Adam Nossiter bowled well 1 for 24 off 8 as did Richard Graham 1 for 37 off 9.
In the other 2nd grade matches, New Norfolk I just accounted for Richmond/Cambridge at Tynwald Park. The visitors won the toss and elected to bat and were bowled out for a moderate total of 134. Jamie Maddox was the pick of the Red Cap bowlers, taking 3 for 34 off 10 while Stewart Rice and Jamie Hill got two each. Brad Kemmler and Josh Rowlands got one each as did Richard Munning who bowled extremely well, finishing up with fine figures of 1 for 12 off 10 overs. In reply New Norfolk didn't start well, losing their first four wickets with just 28 runs on the board. Some runs from the middle order in Stewart Rice 36, David Maddox 25 and coach Adrian Eiszele 21, steadied things, but then New Norfolk was again in a spot off bother at 8 for 114 before Jamie Maddox 8 not out and Jamie Hill 8 not out steered their team to victory.
Gretna I easily accounted for Bushy Park who have be put up from 4th grade by 171 runs at Gretna. The home side won the toss and opted to bat, making the good total of 10 for 227 off 49.1 overs. Captain Glenn Blackwell batted well, top-scoring with 68, while Mathew Burns made 62. Opening batsman Damien Hack chipped in with 42, but from there things dropped off a little with Tom Allcock next best with 11. For the Bushy Park bowlers, all tried hard in the windy conditions with Nathan Grant and Mitchell Crosswell each taking three wickets while Nick Fenton and Trent Grant took two each. In reply Bushy were bundled out for just 56, Mitch Crosswell top scoring with 14 and Nick Fenton next best on 10. Of the Gretna bowlers, Adam Browning did the damage taking his best figures to date of 5 for 24 off 10. Browning bowled with complete control and poise giving his captain another option in the weeks ahead. Corey Ransley also did well taking 2 for 27 off 10 as did Jackson Ackerly 2 for 1 off 4 balls with the last two wickets in a row - maybe it will be a personal hat-trick next week Jacko. Keep your heads high Bushy, it's not an easy position you find yourselves in, being put up to 2nd grade.
In 4th grade Gretna II got off to a great start with a six wicket win over Wellington at Eady St on Sunday.
The home side won the toss and elected to bat, reaching the total of 10 for 89 off 31 overs. This small total was due to the good bowling from the Gretna young guns Daniel Browning 3 for 17, Brodie Gleeson 3 for 24, Cody Eyles 2 for 18 and Brock Nichols 1 for 20. These boys have come through from Gretna's junior teams and showed great concentration and enthusiasm. Mention must go to Joey Eyles
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