SOUTHERN CRICKET ASSOCIATION
Derwent Valley matches
WITH some great individual efforts in the senior and junior cricket matches, it was again another eventful weekend of cricket. In Fourth Grade, Bushy Park racked up another win by easily accounting for new team Weily Park. The visitors won the toss and elected to bat, but Bushy unleashed their lethal weapon in Mitch "King" Crosswell who had the Rockers in disarray. Crosswell picked up from where he left off last round, taking 6 for 24 to help demolish the batting line up, bowling them all out for just 49. Including his haul of eight wickets from a week earlier, Crosswell has taken 14 in a fortnight and now has 16 in total this season along with 259 runs with the bat. Nathan Grant played his part with three wickets while brother Dylan got the other. In reply, the Park lost just the one wicket with captain Troy "Wizard" Smith making 31 not out and Mitch Crosswell capping off a great match making 17 not out.
In the match at Gretna on Sunday, Gretna II went down to St Annes by four wickets. The home team had first hit and with many batsmen getting starts that didn't go far, the team was bowled out for 100. Corey Ransley and Joey Eyles top-scored with 21 each. In reply St Annes reached the target of 101 with four wickets in hand. Joey Eyles was the pick of the Gretna bowlers taking 2-16 off 5.2 overs.
In First Grade on Sunday, New Norfolk I came oh so close to its first victory when it went down to St Annes by just two wickets. Batting first, the Red Caps made the defendable score of 175. Jamie Maddox and Richard Graham top-scored with 35 runs each and Josh Walsh chipped in with 32. In reply the home side was cruising at 4 for 101 but then lost quick wickets to be 8 for 156, but a 20 run partnership by the St Annes tailenders got them home. All the New Norfolk batsmen tried hard. Josh Walsh, Aaron Drew and Josh Rowlands all finished with two wickets each and Stewart Rice one.
A much more determined Gretna I team got back on the Second Grade winners list on Saturday by thrashing St Aidans by nine wickets at North Warrane. The home team had first hit and was bundled out for 93 with all of the Gretna bowlers doing their job. Azza Maddox bagged four for just 14 runs off 9.1 overs, youngsters Brock Nichols and Daniel Browning got two each and Craig Cunningham bowled very tightly, 1-4 off five overs. In reply Gretna did it with ease, losing just the one wicket during the run chase. Mathew Burns made a welcome return to form with a well made 48 not out. Opener Ben Rainbird got 23 while Rhys Browning remained 12 not out. Congratulations to Zac Crosswell and Thomas Gregson on playing their first matches with Gretna I. Zac took the gloves in the absence of Glenn Blackwell and did a great job taking a good catch and a run out.
A brave all-round effort which included a century by the in-form Brad Coppleman all but got Molesworth home against Richmond/Cambridge at Boyer Oval on Saturday. Batting first the visitors made 224 with Coppleman snaring 4-33 to be the best of the bowlers, Brad Ransley, Jye County and Nathan Eiszele were the other wicket takers. In reply, Molesworth was bowled out for 201, coming in at first drop with the score on three, Coppleman batted almost the whole innings on his way to 106, but was the ninth wicket out with the score on 191. It was a brave effort from the talented cricketer who nearly won the match single-handedly. The next best score was Josh Bomford's 16.
In the Fourth Grade match at Tynwald Park New Norfolk II went down to City by six wickets. New Norfolk had first hit, making 116. B. Skelly and Jon Murray were the main run scorers with 25 and 24 respectively. In reply City chased down the small total losing just four wickets. All bowlers for New Norfolk claimed a wicket each with brothers Mitch and Nathan Rice bowling well and getting one each. These two have a big future in front of them, particular if they take after their dad Stewart who is still taking wickets for New Norfolk I.
In Fifth Grade on Sunday, Molesworth knocked up another win, this time at the expense of McRobies Gully by three wickets. The visitors had first knock, making just 106 due to some good bowling by Molesworth in particular from Sam Triffitt who in a good spell with 5-22. The ever-improving Jack Evans also did well taking three as did Aaron Triffitt with two. Molesworth reached the target of 107 but also lost seven wickets along the way. Jack Evans topped off a great days play with 34 runs while another youngster, Tyson Gray, was next best with 16.
FIRST GRADE, Saturday, November 15
St Annes 8 for 176 off 32.5 overs (12 extras) d New Norfolk I 10 for 175 off 44.4 overs (24 extras) at Cadburys 1. New Norfolk I - batting: Jamie Maddox 35, Richard Graham 35, Josh Walsh 32, Ashley Morgan 16 not out, Stewart Rice 14. New Norfolk I - bowling: Josh Walsh 2-18 (3), Aaron Drew 2-37 (6), Josh Rowlands 2-52 (10), Stewart Rice 1-20 (6.5).
SECOND GRADE, Saturday, November 15
Gretna I 1 for 95 off 15.3 overs (12 extras) d St Aidans 10 for 93 off 40.1 overs (25 extras) at North Warrane. Gretna I - batting: Mathew Burns 48 not out, Ben Rainbird 23, Rhys Browning 12no. Gretna I - bowling: Aaron Maddox 4-14 (9.1), Brock Nichols 2-19 (10), Daniel Browning 2-22 (8), Craig Cunningham 1-4 (5).
Richmond/Cambridge 9 for 224 off 50 overs (35 extras) d Molesworth 10 for 201 off 46.2 overs (21 extras) at Boyer Oval. Molesworth I - batting: Brad Coppleman 106, Josh Bomford 16, Jamie Adams 14, Nick Piuselli 13. Molesworth I - bowling: Brad Coppleman 4-33 (10), Brad Ransley 2-25 (6), Jye County 2-36 (10), Nathan Eiszele 1-47 (7).
THIRD GRADE, Sunday, November 16
Bushy Park 1 for 53 off 7.2 overs (5 extras) d Weily Park Rockers 10 for 49 off 21.4 overs (11 extras) at Weily Park. Bushy Park - batting: Troy Smith 31 not out, Mitch Crosswell 17no, Bushy Park - bowling: Mitch Crosswell 6-24 (10), Nathan Grant 3-22 (10), Dylan Grant 1-0 (0.4).
St Annes 6 for 101 off 30.2 ovets (9 extras) d 10 for 100 off 38 overs (17 extras) at Gretna. Gretna II - batting: Corey Ransley 21, Joey Eyles 21, Bruce Emery 15, Brian Smith 12. Gretna II - bowling: Joey Eyles 2-16 (5.2), Luke Crosswell 1-5 (1), Corey Ransley 1-32 (10), Jackson Ackerly 1-35 (10).
FOURTH GRADE, Saturday, November 15
City 4 for 120 off 35 overs (17 extras) d New Norfolk II 10 for 116 off 41.5 overs (20 extras) at Tynwald Park. New Norfolk II - batting: B. Skelly 25, Jon Murray 24, Adrian Rowlands 13, Brad Kemmler 10. New Norfolk II - bowling: Jamie Hill 1-7 (2), Nathan Rice 1-15 (6), Mitchell Rice 1-27 (6), Jon Murray 1-32 (7).
FIFTH GRADE, Sunday, November 16
Molesworth II 7 for 107 off 26.4 overs (17 extras) d McRobies Gully 10 for 106 off 27.2 overs (20 extras) at Boyer Oval. Molesworth II - batting: Jack Evans 34, Tyson Gray 16, Aaron Triffitt 14, J. Mallinson 13, Jacksyn Mann 11. Molesworth II - bowling: Sam Triffitt 5-22 (8.2), Jack Evans 3-33 (8), Aaron Triffitt 2-30 (5).