Southern Cricket Association
Derwent Valley matches
FIRST GRADE - Saturday
In the match at Tynwald Park, St Anne's defeated New Norfolk I by seven wickets. The Red Caps lost the toss and were sent in to bat, making 10 for 218 off 49.4 overs. In reply the visitors chased down the target with 16 overs to spare. The big-hitting Stewart Rice top-scored with 49, but did little running as he hit five 6s and two 4s in his quickfire innings. Next best was Richard Graham with 38. Captain Rohan Heron had the best bowling figures with 1-19 from 4 overs. Well done to Josh Rowlands who played his 100th match for New Norfolk. He lad has a very bright future.
SECOND GRADE - Sunday
Gretna I continued its good form, defeating St Aidan's by 49 runs at Gretna. The home team lost the toss and was sent in to bat, making the good score of 10 for 192 off 47.3 overs. A very good 66 from Rhys Browning was the top score, including five 4s and two 6s. Next best was Mathew Burns with 45 (2x4s, 4x6s). Craig Cunningham made 37 while Corey Ransley also chipped in with 33 (4x4s). In reply St Aidan's was bowled out for 192 after 43 overs. Craig Cunningham again got amongst the wickets, bagging 5-29 from 10 overs while Aaron Maddox took 3-56 from his 10. Congratulations to Mathew Burns who has now racked 350 club matches for Gretna. Burns has now played the third most matches at the club since 1977/78, ahead of him is Anthony Jarvis on 357 and Mathew's uncle Joey Hack on 397. Also well done to Todd Jarvis on playing his 150th club match.
In the other second grade match, Molesworth went down to Richmond/Cambridge by 86 runs at Richmond. Batting first, the home team hit up the good score of 10 for 219 off 50 overs. In reply, Molesworth was bowled out for 133 in 39.3 overs. With the willow, keeper Jake King made 32 and Brad Coppleman and Nathan Eiszele made 24 each and Josh Ransley 22. With the ball Brad Coppleman in a great display of bowling led the way with fine figures of 5-25 off 9 overs.
THIRD GRADE - Saturday
With only four matches now remaining and the ladder positions tightening up in all grades, every match has so much riding on it. One team that has left nothing behind is Bushy Park which again on Saturday showed it is a team on the march. Hosting the Weily Park Rockers, Bushy Park lost the toss and was sent into bat, making the very big score of 6 for 294 from 50 overs. Captain Troy "Wizard" Smith only just missed out on a century, making a fine 97 well supported by Dylan Grant who hit 67. The pair put on an excellent 159-run partnership. Nathan and Trent Grant both made 25 while wicket keeper Geoff Crosswell made 20. In reply Weily Park was all out for 155 off 48.4 overs. Young Blake Howlett continues to impress and did very well claiming 4-28 off 5.4 overs. Trent Grant also bowled well taking 3-23 off 9. Brother Nathan Grant wasn't far behind with 2-17 off 10 overs while Troy Smith picked up one wicket finishing 1-18 from 10. This weekend sees Bushy Park take on ladder leaders Derwent at New Town. If the Park boys can get another win they will take top spot.
In the other third grade match, Gretna II kept its finals chances alive with a big 103 run win over St Anne's at Cadburys 1. Winning the toss and batting, Gretna hit up the good score of 6 for 223 off its 50 overs. The ever-reliable Brian Smith top-scored with 76 including ten well-struck 4s. Todd Jarvis showed great patience with 38 (4x4s and 1x6) while Brock Nichols remained 35 not out (4x4s). In reply St Anne's was bundled out for 120 off 35.3 overs. The wickets were shared around with Luke Crosswell the best with 2-21 off 9.3 overs.
FOURTH GRADE - Sunday
In fourth grade, New Norfolk II went down to City by 31 runs at Pontville. City made the respectable total of 10 for 154 off 48.3 overs and in reply New Norfolk was bowled out for 123 off 37 overs. For the Red Caps, Zane Nossiter bowled very well taking 6 for 19 off 7.3 overs while with the bat the visitors only had two contributors in Stephen Nichols who batted very well making 53 (5x4s and 1x6). Nichols took an absolute screamer of a catch in gully earlier and was well supported by Trent Mayne's 23 runs, the pair putting on 72 for the seventh wicket. This was a brave effort by this pair considering no other batsman reached double figures and there were five ducks. Well done.
FIFTH GRADE - Saturday
In fifth grade, Molesworth II kept its finals hopes alive with an 89-run win over McRobies Gully at Boyer Oval. Having first hit, the home side made the good score of 10 for 192 off 41.2 overs. Aaron Triffitt top-scored with 35 not out, while Jye County was next best with 32 (3x4s) and Brad Ransley made 29 (2x4s, 1x6). Martyn Evans chipped in with 27. In reply the visitors were bowled out for 103 off 29.4 overs. Of the six Molesworth bowlers used, each took at least one wicket each. Jye County, Martyn Evans, Brad Ransley and Josh Bomford all claimed two each. This young Molesworth team is really starting to gel at the right time and will be hard to beat in the coming weeks.