AT Boyer Oval on Saturday, Molesworth I captain Brad Coppleman and new player Mathew Smith carved up the Richmond/Cambridge bowling attack with a smashing 256-run partnership. Molesworth lost only four wickets as it posted the big total of 290. Coppleman and Smith came together when the score was just 3 for 34, and then went about smashing a total of 27 fours and 12 sixes between them. In reply Richmond/Cambridge gave the run chase a good crack but fell 64 runs shy, finishing 9 for 226 off 50 overs. Molesworth is certainly setting the pace in 2nd grade and will take some beating.
In other matches in second grade, Gretna accounted for MacKillop Beltas at Gretna by 83 runs. Mathew Burns continues to rack up the runs and made 71. Burns is in very good form which is pleasing for captain Glenn Blackwell. Craig Cunningham with his spinners took five wickets on Saturday. He is certainly getting the batsmen in a spin of late. The Beltas were bundled out for just 118, resulting in Gretna's third straight win this season.
New Norfolk I easily accounted for Runnymede at Tynwald by 131 runs. Old hand Stewart Rice was again amongst the runs, top-scoring with 74 with 9-4s and 4-6s. New Norfolk made 10 for 267 to Runnymede's 7 for 145. Jake King bowled well, taking 3 for 28 off six overs to be the best of the Red Cap bowlers. Like Molesworth and Gretna, New Norfolk is undefeated and if this keeps up, the matches between these three teams will be very interesting indeed.
Bushy Park is yet to register a win this season and went down to Derwent by 138 runs. Nathan Grant top-scored with 20 while Geoff Crosswell did well taking 4-28 off 6.4. Nathan Grant got three wickets for 48 runs off nine overs. Trent Grant 2 and Mitch Crosswell 1 were the other wicket takers.
In a exciting match at Campania, Gretna II looked all but beaten towards of the Knights innings but got back into the game and managed somehow to tie the match. Batting first, Gretna made 10 for 158 and at one stage was 4 for 47. Along comes evergreen Brian Smith who steadied the ship making 55 not out. Brian shared a 71-run stand with youngster Daniel Browning who made 21 and helped Gretna to a defendable total. In reply the Knights were cruising at 5 for 130, but then Matthew Eyles finished with 4-28 and the cat was certainly among the pigeons and with some catches from Cody Eyles, Brodie Gleeson and Daniel Browning the Knights were in deep trouble. Matthew Eyles took the last of his four wickets in the dying moments, capturing the last batsman LBW to make the match a tie.
In fifth grade Molesworth II recorded a great win over Richmond/Cambridge by two wickets. Captain Brayden Hodge bowled well to limit the home side's total and finished with four wickets. In the Molesworth innings young Jacksyn Mann belted 59 in his first match for the club this season. Mann remained not out in his handy innings. Larry Menzie did well making 37 to be next best. Well done to Dakoda Smith who has been playing well and took two wickets as did Aaron Triffitt 2-19. This young team is doing really well and will do well from their first win.
In the other fifth grade match New Norfolk II went down to Claremont by six wickets. Chris Ashcroft 43 and Josh Walsh 33no did their bit for the Red Caps. The New Norfolk bowlers tried hard all day, Adam Nossiter being the best with 1-27 while Kemmler and Mitch Rice also picked up a wicket each.
Scores in detail - second grade: Molesworth I 4 for 290 off 50 overs (14 extras) d Richmond/Cambridge 9 for 226 off 50 overs (36 extras) at Boyer Oval. Batting: Brad Coppleman 143 13-4s, 7-6s. Mathew Smith 126 14-4s, 5-6s. Bowling: Tim Nichols 2-7 (7). Mathew Smith 2-31 (6). Chris Slater 1-17 (5). Brad Coppleman 1-29 (10). Josh Bomford 1-35 (4). Daniel Coppleman 1-53 (10).
Gretna I 10 for 201 off 48.4 overs (29 extras) d MacKillop Beltas 10 for 118 off 36.5 overs (18 extras) at Gretna. Batting: Mathew Burns 71 7-4s, 3-6s. Jackson Ackerly 26 5-4s. Tom Allcock 25 1-4. Todd Jarvis 17 1-4. Glenn Blackwell 12 2-4s. Damien Hack 11. Bowling: Craig Cunningham 5-15 (8.5). Jackson Ackerly 2-18 (8). Aaron Maddox 2-19 (6). Corey Ransley 1-30 (8).
New Norfolk I 10 for 276 off 48.1 overs (31 extras) d Runnymede 7 for 145 at Tynwald Park. Batting: Stewart Rice 74 9-4s, 4-6s. Richard Graham 61 9-4s. Jake King 33 3-4s. Josh Rowlands 3-4s. Josh Dykes 18no. Rohan Heron 11 1-4. Bowling: Jake King 3-28 (6). Stewart Rice 1-14 (4). Josh Rowlands 1-15 (6). Jamie Maddox 1-33 (10). Jamie Hill 1-2 (.5).
Derwent 10 for 247 off 44.4 overs (29 extras) d Bushy Park 10 for 109 off 32.2 overs (20 extras) at New Town High School. Batting: Nick Fenton 21. Nathan Grant 20. Danny Mason 15. Shaun Fenton 14. Bowling: Geoff Crosswell 4-28 (6.4). Nathan Grant 3-48 (9). Trent Grant 2-30 (4). Mitchell Crosswell 1-27 (7).
Fourth Grade - Knights 10 for 158 off 44.2 overs (53 extras) tied with Gretna II 10 for 158 off 48.5 overs (29 extras) at Campania. Batting: Brian Smith 55no 4-4s. Bruce Emery 22 1-4. Daniel Browning 21. Clinton Millhouse 12 1-4. Bowling: Matthew Eyles 4-28 (8.2). Cody Eyles 2-22 (10). Joey Eyles 2-30 (8). Brodie Gleeson 1-4 (1). Brock Nichols 1-24 (9).
Fifth Grade - Molesworth II 8 for 187 off 47.3 overs (43 extras) d Richmond/Cambridge 10 for 186 at Richmond. Batting: Jackson Mann 59 3-4s, 1-6. Larry Menzie 37 5-4s. Tyson Gray 14. Jack Evans 11 2-4s. Dakoda Smith 10 1-4. Bowling: Brayden Hodge 4-44 (10). Aaron Triffitt 2-19 (7.3). Dakoda Smith 2-26 (9). Tyson Gray 1-17 (5). Jackson Mann 1-41 (8).
Claremont 4 for 175 off 33.2 overs (18 extras) d New Norfolk II 10 for 171 off 36.4 overs (41 extras) at Abbotsfield Park. Batting: Chris Ashcroft 43 7-4s. Josh Walsh 33 not out 6-4s. Tomas Hanson 17 2-4s. D. Langridge 16 1-4. Mitchell Rice 10 1-4. Bowling: Adam Nossiter 1-27 (8). Brad Kemmler 1-31 (8). Mitchell Rice 1-59 (10).