THANKS to a big hit of 131 from New Norfolk I allrounder Stewart Rice, the on-song Red Caps were able to defeat Gretna I at Gretna in the Southern Cricket Association matches last Saturday. Rice smashed five 4s and 14 thumping sixes, with many in succession. In a game the home side would rather forget after dropping around 10 catches - which included Rice four times - Gretna just couldn't take a trick and was left pondering what might have been. Opener Jake King also batted well adding 50 as New Norfolk posted 8 for 262 off 47 overs. The match was only 47 overs per side due to an error with the close of innings time. Aaron Maddox was the best of the Gretna bowlers with 2-45. In reply Gretna was bowled out for 153 with captain Glenn Blackwell top-scoring with 39. Red Caps bowler Brad Kemmler picked up three wickets while Dykes and Rowlands got two and the match winner Rice finished his day off with one. New Norfolk is now a game clear and on top of the second grade ladder on percentage.
It certainly seemed that nobody could catch Stewart Rice out. Well, this nearly was the case, but when Rice blasted his 14th six over near the clubhouse, former Gretna allrounder Joey Hack put his trusty hands up, only to spill it to Wade Gleeson who was standing by his side - great team work!
In a bit of a shock result at Boyer Oval on Saturday, Molesworth I went down to Runnymede by 83 runs. After the visitors posted the good score of 235, Molesworth fell well short with 152. Brad Coppleman did well making 46. Brad Ransley and Daniel Coppleman took three wickets to be the best of the Molesworth bowlers.
In the match at Bushy Park, the home side forfeited to Sandford. It's looking like a long season ahead for the Bushy Park boys, but I'm sure they will bounce back very soon.
In 4th Grade, Gretna II continued on its merry way with a five-wicket win over Bagdad at Bagdad. The home side had first hit, making 10 for 161. Matthew Eyles bowled very well for Gretna with 4-30 off 10 to be the main destroyer. In reply Gretna reached the total with five wickets in hand and nearly four overs to spare. Brian Smith continues to get amongst the runs, top scoring with 33 not out.
In 5th Grade, New Norfolk II kept the winning feeling going at the club by defeating Montagu Bay by eight wickets. Ashley Morgan topped the runs for the home team with a well-made 86 not out while Richard Munnings also did well making 59 and Mitchell Rice was next with 11. For the bowlers, young Mitchell Rice also got amongst them, taking two while his brother got 1-21.
Molesworth II had another good win, this time at the expense of Old Beach. Molesworth had first hit, making the excellent score of 231 with youngster Brett Hodge batting very well to make 78. In reply Old Beach was bundled out for 139 in 37.3 overs. Captain Brayden Hodge took three wickets as did the ever improving Jye County with 3-30.
SCORES IN DETAIL - 2nd Grade: New Norfolk I 8 for 262 off 47 (19 extras) d Gretna I 10 for 153 off 37.1 overs (30 extras) at Gretna. New Norfolk batting: Stewart Rice 131 (5-4s 14-6s), Jake King 50 (5-4s), Glenn Williams 19 (2-4s), Rohan Heron 13 (1-4). Gretna bowling: Aaron Maddox 2-45 (10), Mathew Burns 2-51 (6), Craig Cunningham 1-23 (2), Corey Ransley 1-24 (10), Jackson Ackerly 1-30 (4), Rhys Browning 1-59 (8). Gretna batting: Glenn Blackwell 39 (2-4s, 3-6s), Craig Cunningham 26 (2-4s), Aaron Maddox 15 (1-4), Mathew Burns 12 (2-4s), Ben Rainbird 10 (1-4), Rhys Browning 10 (1-4). New Norfolk bowling: Brad Kemmler 3-24 (4.1), Josh Dykes 2-27 (8), Josh Rowlands 2-28 (9), Stewart Rice 1-33 (10).
Runnymede 9 for 235 off 50 overs (38 extras) d Molesworth I 10 for 152 off 33.2 overs (21 extras) at Boyer Oval. Molesworth batting: Brad Coppleman 46, Josh Bomford 26 (3-4s), Nick Piuselli 19 (2-4s, 1-6, Larry Menzie 18 (1-4), Chris Slater 10 (1-6). Molesworth bowling: Brad Ransley 3-20 (4), Daniel Coppleman 3-29 (10), Brad Coppleman 2-53 (10).
Bushy Park forfeited to Sandford at Bushy Park Showground.
4th Grade: Gretna II 5 for 163 off 46.3 overs (48 extras) d Bagdad 10 for 161 off 48.3 overs (26 extras) at Bagdad. Gretna batting: Brian Smith 33 not out (3-4s), Peter Jelkic 24 (2-4s, 1-6), Tom Allcock 23 (1-4), Nick Wakefield 19 (1-4), Jordan Hastie 15. Gretna bowling: Matthew Eyles 4-30 (10), Joey Eyles 2-18 (7.3), Peter Jelkic 2-26 (9), Brock Nichols 1-33 (10).
5th Grade: New Norfolk II 2 for 186 off 30.5 overs (28 extras) d Montagu Bay 7 for 182 off 50 overs (18 extras) at Tynwald Park. New Norfolk batting: Ashley Morgan 86no (5-4s, 4-6s), Richard Munnings 59 (5-4s), Mitchell Rice 11 (2-4s). New Norfolk bowling: Mitchell Rice 2-42 (18), Adam Nossiter 1-21 (7), Nathan Rice 1-21 (5), Ashley Morgan 1-23 (10), Richard Munnings 1-38 (10).
Molesworth II 10 for 231 off 41.3 overs (60 extras) d Old Beach 10 for 139 off 37.3 overs (35 extras) at Boyer Oval. Molesworth batting: Brett Hodge 78 (7-4s, 1-6), Brayden Hodge 19 (1-6), Jack Evans 19no, Nathan Hay 17 (3-4s), Brayden Chaplin 15 (2-4s), Jordan Eiszele 10 (1-4). Molesworth bowling: Brayden Hodge 3-14 (4), Jye County 3-30 (10), Nathan Eiszele 2-50 (10), Aaron Triffitt 1-16 (8.3), Brett Hodge 1-28 (5).