Molesworth I made it two wins in as many weeks with a good 45-run victory over Gretna I at Gretna. The visitors had first hit, making the defendable target of 187. Daniel Coppleman (37) and Nathan Eiszele (30no) led the way with the bat for Molesworth. Young Brock Nichols, who played his first match for Gretna I, bowled extremely well finishing with 3-34. In reply Gretna was bowled out for 152. Stand-in captain Ben Rainbird top-scored for his team with 41. Aaron Maddox (22) and Corey Ransley (29) also put on handy runs when at the crease. Mathew Smith led the way with the ball for Molesworth, taking 4-28 while Nathan Eiszele capped off a good day taking 3-33. The match swung both ways during the Gretna innings, but it was Molesworth who had the final knockout blow.
In the other second grade match, Bushy Park didn't get a start at Cambridge Oval due to the ground being too wet from the heavy rain overnight.
In the fourth grade match at Wentworth Park, Gretna II was defeated by Dynnyrne by two wickets. Gretna had first hit, making the good score of 213 with captain Joey Eyles making 41 (7x4s) and Jackson Ackerly made a quickfire 35 (6x4s, 1x6). In reply the home side was going along nicely at 3-139 off 30 overs, but some good fielding and good bowling from the Gretna attack got them back in the match, but when the eighth wicket fell, only two runs were needed and the home side won. Best bowlers for Gretna were Nick Wakefield 3-18, Todd Jarvis 2-16 and Clinton Millhouse 2-29.
In fifth grade, New Norfolk II went down to a more polished team in Lindisfarne by 106 runs. New Norfolk just couldnt get close to the 224 set by the home side and was bowled out for 118. Young Mitch Rice did well for the Red Caps, making 31 while Jamie Hill 4-32 and Richard Munnings 3-36 did their bit with the ball.
|Molesworth I batsman Daniel Coppleman was bowled by Gretna's Brock|
Nichols last weekend. Photo by Debra Browning.
Molesworth I 9 for 187 off 50 overs (21 extras) d Gretna I 10 for 152 off 40.2 overs (25 extras) at Gretna. Molesworth batting: Daniel Coppleman 37, Nathan Eiszele 30no, Mathew Smith 27, Brad Coppleman 24, Daniel Adams 15, Mark Reggett 14, Larry Menzie 11no. Gretna bowling: Brock Nichols 3-34 (6), Craig Cunningham 2-26 (10), Matthew Eyles 2-28 (5), Corey Ransley 1-28 (10), Mathew Burns 1-8 (5). Gretna batting: Ben Rainbird 41, Corey Ransley 29, Aaron Maddox 22, Craig Cunningham 15. Molesworth bowling: Mathew Smith 4-28 (8), Nathan Eiszele 3-33 (9.2), Larry Menzie 2-32 (7), Bradley Coppleman 1-27 (10).
Bushy Park v MacKillop Beltas at Cambridge Oval was washed out.
FOURTH GRADE: Dynnyrne 8 for 214 off 47.2 overs (35 extras) Gretna II 10 for 213 off 48.1 overs (28 extras) at Wentworth Park. Gretna batting: J. Eyles 41, J. Ackerly 35, N. Wakefield 25, D. Pearce 25, R. Browning 21, T. Allcock 18. Gretna bowling: N. Wakefield 3-18 (7), T. Jarvis 2-16 (6), C. Millhouse 2-29 (6), J. Eyles 1-38 (8).
FIFTH GRADE: Lindisfarne 10 for 224 off 49 overs (27 extras) d New Norfolk II 10 for 118 off 31 overs (31 extras) at Lindisfarne No 2. New Norfolk batting: M. Rice 31, B. Skelly 13, S. Nichols 12. New Norfolk bowling: J. Hill 4-32 (10), R. Munnings 3-36 (10), J. Walsh 1-37 (10), B. Kemmker 1-47.
Molesworth II had the bye.
Ladders (unofficial) after Round 16
(Top five teams play off for finals after Round 18)
New Norfolk I 81
Gretna I 69
Montagu Bay 69
Molesworth I 66
MacKillop Beltas 21
Bushy Park 18
Gretna II 60
Old Beach 36
Montagu Bay 69
New Norfolk II 57
Molesworth II 57
McRobies Gully 51
St Adians 33
Old Beach 24