Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Huon wins representative weekend

ALTHOUGH there were no senior cricket roster matches on the Australia Day long weekend, there was still plenty of cricket going on. On Saturday the Southern Cricket Association played the Huon/Channel Cricket Association in representative matches at Abbotsfield Park.

A great panorama showing the bowling of the first ball of the Under 23 match.
Photo: Wade Gleeson
It turned out to be a great day for the HCCA which won both the Under 23 and Senior matches. The first match of the day was the Under 23 Twenty20 match where the HCCA were victors by 20 runs. The visitors won the toss and elected to bat, making what seemed to be a small total of 9 for 108 off 20 overs. All the SCA bowlers did well with New Norfolk's Josh Rowlands bowling exceptionally well, taking 1 for 11 off his four overs including one maiden. The team did very well to keep the HCCA to the small total and could not be faulted in the field, holding on to every catch that came its way.

In reply the SCA started well and was cruising with Ethan Engels finding the boundary on 10 occasions during his top-score of 47 runs and they were then 3 for 67.  From there things went pear shaped and they lost 7 for 21 as the match lipped from their grasp. HCCA bowler C. Polley did the damage with a magical spell of bowling, taking 4-7 off his four overs. Combined with his 20 runs, this earned him man of the match honours. Mention must go to SCA player Ethan Engels who top-scored with 47 and took three great catches and a run-out.

Well done to the players from the Derwent Valley who participated this match: Josh Rowlands (New Norfolk C.C.) and Dylan Pearce and Brock Nichols (Gretna C.C.).  During the presentations, Wade Gleeson congratulated the HCCA on winning what was the first Under 23 match between the associations. He also thanked the SCA for giving him the opportunity to coach the side and said he hoped the team would go one better next season. A return match will be played next season, hosted by the HCCA.

In the senior match between the two associations, it is understood the HCCA won in a close one by one wicket. The SCA had first hit and made 10 for 237 with Glendon Bentley top-scoring with 95. In reply the HCCA finished 9 for 238 to be victors for the first time in the six-year history of the event. No other details were at hand for this match at the time of writing.

Scores - Under 23 Twenty20
Huon Channel Cricket Association 9 for 108 off 20 overs (13 extras) d Southern Cricket Association 10 for 88 off 17.1 overs (12 extras) at Abbotsfield Park. HCCA batting: C. Polley 20 (4x4s), A. Crowe 19 (3x4s), J. Coombes 12 (1x4), A. Schwesinger 11 (2x4s), J. Lovell 10 (1x4). SCA bowling: Matthew Carr 2-11 (2), Stuart Beswick 2-12 (3), Ashley Burgess 2-14 (2), Josh Rowlands 1-11 (4), Brock Nichols 1-9 (2). SCA batting: Ethan Engels 47 (10x4s). HCCA bowling: C. Polley 4-7 (4), S. Strong 2-12 (4), A. Schwesinger 2-23 (4), J. Fordham 1-3 (1.1).

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