A GREAT spell of bowling by Mitch Crosswell helped Bushy Park to its second victory in a row with a great win over Runnymede on Saturday. Bushy had first hit, making the the defendable score of 141. Wicketkeeper-batsman Geoff Crosswell did well making 59, well supported by Troy Smith who made 24. In reply the visitors couldn't handle the bowling of speedster Mitch Crosswell who sent down 9.4 overs and captured 6 for 22. Crosswell has been a very good bowler for the Park over many years now and this match winning effort was no exception. Crosswell was well supported by Nathan Grant who captured three wickets himself. In the end Runnymede was bowled out for just 57. Bushy Park heads into this weekend's match against New Norfolk in some good form and could well inflict the Red Caps with their second loss.
In Fifth Grade it was an excellent innings for Molesworth II's opener of 105 but youngster Cody Needs couldn't quite get his team over the line against Montagu Bay on Sunday. Needs batted superbly, hitting 11 fours and three sixes in a great effort. In his comeback match Dean King was next best with 29 - most of this coming off boundaries. For the Molesworth bowlers it was Jye County who did the damage, taking four wickets while King and Hodge chipped in with two each. It was a great effort from Molesworth who lost by only 25 runs.
New Norfolk II had the bye.
After seven wins in a row, New Norfolk I lost its first roster match. The Red Caps were outplayed by their Second Grade opponents Montagu Bay which had first hit, making 8 for 217 off 50 overs. In reply New Norfolk was bowled out for 136. Captain Rohan Heron tried hard for his team, top-scoring with 31 while Josh Dykes was the main wicket-taker with 2-24. This weekend the Red Caps will face the Bushy Park outfit which has won the past two matches. This match could be an interesting affair.
Gretna II travelled to Shoobridge Park were they took on ladder-leaders DOSA. The home side won the toss and sent Gretna into bat for a great score of 9 for 245 off the 50 overs. Matthew Eyles found the boundaries often, top-scoring with a well-made 48. Jordan Hastie also showed great form making 45 while Brian Smith made 28 before being caught brilliantly. In reply DOSA chased down the total with ease, reaching it off just 30 overs. All Gretna bowlers tried hard, but the DOSA batsmen were a polished outfit, hitting boundaries in nearly every over. Gretna II has now lost its last two matches and with captain Joey Eyles still out injured, the team must regroup for its next big match against the Marquis Tigers at Gretna.
Gretna I got back on the winners list with a four-wicket won over Derwent at home on Saturday. Derwent had first hit and was bowled out for 169. Six Gretna bowlers took wickets with Ben Rainbird and Jackson Ackerly taking two each to be the best of the bowlers. In reply Gretna reached the total with plenty of overs to spare with Mathew Burns doing well making 44 and Aaron Maddox doing well down the order with 30.
The Molesworth I v Sandford match was washed out, apparently due to the rain the night before.
SCORES - SECOND GRADE: Montagu Bay 8 for 217 off 50 overs d New Norfolk I 10 for 136 off 42.4 overs (19 extras) at Geilston Bay. New Norfolk batting: Rohan Heron 31 (3x4s), Ashley Morgan 24 (4x4s), Jamie Maddox 20 (1x4, 1x6), Glenn Williams 12 1x4. New Norfolk bowling: Josh Dykes 2-24 (10), Rohan Heron 1-29 (4), Josh Rowlands 1-37 (10), Ashley Morgan 1-56 (10).
Gretna I 6 for 171 off 37.2 overs (34 extras) d Derwent 10 for 169 off 49.2 overs (18 extras) at Gretna. Gretna batting: Mathew Burns 44 (5x4s, 1x6), Aaron Maddox 30 (4x4s), Craig Cunningham 21 (3x4s), Ben Rainbird 13 (2x4s), Rhys Browning 12 (3x4s), Damien Hack 11 (2x4s). Gretna bowling: Ben Rainbird 2-14 (4.2), Jackson Ackerly 2-28 (10), Todd Jarvis 1-16 (3), Craig Cunningham 1-27 (10), Aaron Maddox 1-31 (10), Corey Ransley 1-37 (10).
Molesworth v Sandford match washed out.
Bushy Park 10 for 141 off 28.4 overs (21 extras) d Runnymede 10 for 57 off 18.4 overs (13 extras) at Bushy Park Showground. Bushy Park batting: Geoff Crosswell 59, Troy Smith 24, Dylan Grant 11. Bushy Park bowling: Mitchell Crosswell 6-22 (9.4), Nathan Grant 3-27 (8).
FOURTH GRADE: DOSA 4 for 248 off 29.5 overs (11 extras) d Gretna II 9 for 245 off 50 overs (14 extras) at Shoobridge Park. Gretna batting: Matthew Eyles 48 (8x4s, 2x6s), Jordan Hastie 45 (7x4s, 1x6), Brian Smith 28 (4x4s), Clinton Millhouse 26 (3x4s), Nick Wakefield 24 (4x4s), Daniel Browning 23 not out (3x4s), Dylan Pearce 21 (5x4s). Gretna bowling: Daniel Browning 1-4 (2), Brock Nichols 1-44 (5), Adam Browning 1-46 (8), Cody Eyles 1-76 (7.5).
FIFTH GRADE: Montagu Bay 10 for 221 off 49.2 overs (38 extras) d Molesworth II 10 for 196 off 44 overs (31 extras) at Boyer Oval. Molesworth batting: Cody Neads 105 (11x4s, 3x6s), Dean King (4x4s, 1x6). Aaron Triffitt 1-4. Molesworth bowling: Jye County 4-44 (9.2), Dean King 2-16 (8), Brayden Hodge 2-49 (10), Jack Evans 1-16 (2), Larry Menzie 1-56 (10).
New Norfolk II had the bye.