Thursday, March 12, 2015

Southern cricket finals - Week 1

Southern Cricket Association
Finals Week 1 Results 

Second Grade Qualifying Final
A 20-run win over Montagu Bay last Saturday sees Molesworth I now one win away from its fifth straight grand final. In nice weather for cricket, Molesworth won the toss and had first hit on the big Boyer Oval, making the defendable total of 9 for 196 from its allotted 50 overs.

Batting at number six, Nick Piuselli made a welcome return to form, top-scoring with a well made 50. Brad Coppleman can do no wrong this season and made 44, while youngster Josh Ransley contributed 30 down the order. After missing the previous week's match, captain Jamie Adams made a solid 30, while opener Cody Neads got 15.

In reply Montagu Bay gave it their all and could have pulled it off, but when all seven Molesworth bowlers took wickets it wasn't to be. Jamie Adams led from the front taking 2-30 while Dean King also took two wickets, finishing 2-38 from 10 overs in yet another good spell of bowling. Brad Coppleman again showed his worth with the ball, taking 1-21 from his 10 overs.

Molesworth is playing some very good cricket at the moment and will be keen to take on Richmond/Cambridge in the Second-Semi this weekend.

Scores: Molesworth I 9 for 196 off 50 overs (14 extras) d Montagu Bay 10 for 176 46.2 overs at Boyer Oval. Molesworth I - batting: Nick Piuselli 50 (3x4s, 3x6s), Brad Coppleman 44 (8x4s), Josh Ransley 38 (3x4s, 1x6), Jamie Adams 30 (2x4s, 1x6), Cody Neads 15. Molesworth I - bowling: Jamie Adams 2-30 (6), Dean King 2-38 (10), Larry Menzie 1-19 (7), Josh Ransley 1-19 (3), Brad Coppleman 1-21 (10), Brayden Hodge 1-22 (5), Martyn Evans 1-23 (5.2).

In the Second Grade elimination final, Old Beach 3 for 186 off 44 overs (19 extras) defeated Sorell 8 for 185 off 50 overs (19 extras) at Sorell.

Third Grade Qualifying Final
Playing on the small Shoobridge Park ground, Bushy Park went down DOSA by 23 runs on Saturday. The home side won the toss and had first knock, making the good score of 8 for 298. Captain Troy Smith took 3-47 from his 10 overs to be the main wicket taker for Bushy Park. Opening bowler Nathan Grant was next best, taking 2-52 from 9.

In reply Bushy Park was in a sound position and looking the goods at 5 for 237, but then lost 5 for 37 to be all out for 275, just 23 runs shy of DOSA's total. A superb 91 by Bushy Park's Mitch Crosswell gave his side every chance of victory. Opener Troy Smith also did well with the willow, making 62. Crosswell and Smith put on a 94-run partnership. Shaun Fenton has found some form of late and made a good 38, while Dylan Grant got 27 and brother Nathan made 26. It was a great effort by the Park boys as it's never easy against DOSA at home, especially in a final, but giving 44 extras to the opposition didn't help things any.

Scores: DOSA  8 for 298 off 50 ovets (44 extras) d 10 for 275 off 44.5 ovets (14 extras) at Shoobridge Park. Bushy Park - batting: Mitch Crosswell 91, Troy Smith 62, Shaun Fenton 38, Dylan Grant 27, Nathan Grant 26. Bushy Park - bowling: Troy Smith 3-47 (10), Nathan Grant 2-52 (9), Dylan Grant 1-37 (10), Trent Grant 1-40 (6), Blake Howlett 1-49 (5).

In the Third Grade elimination final, Runnymede 10 for 145 off 49.5 overs (26 extras) d St Annes 10 for 139 off 46.5 overs (21 extras) at Runnymede.

Fifth Grade - Qualifying Final
Molesworth II went down to the Knights by six wickets at Collinsvale. Winning the toss and batting first, Molesworth made 10 for 155. Sam Triffitt made a quickfire 46, hitting to all parts of the ground. Batting at number nine, Chris Slater did likewise and made 36 while Brad Ransley was next best with 20.

In reply the Knights made light work of reaching Molesworth's total, knocking it over off just 19.4 overs. For Molesworth, Sam Triffitt collected 2-25 while Jye County 1-33 and Chris Slater 1-51 got the other two wickets.

Scores: Knights 4 for 156 off 19.4 overs (16 extras) d Molesworth II 10 for 154 off 30.5 overs (12 extras) at Collinsvale Oval. Molesworth II - batting: Sam Triffitt 46 (7x4s, 2x6s), Chris Slater 36 (7x4s), Brad Ransley 20 (3x4s, 1x6), Jacksyn Mann 11, Jake Foster 10 (2x4s). Molesworth II - bowling: Sam Triffitt 2-25 (6.4), Jye County 1-33 (6), Chris Slater 1-51 (3).

In the Fifth Grade elimination final, McRobies Gully 6 for 294 off 50 overs (29 extras) d Sandford 10 for 187 off 39.3 overs (30 extras) at Sandford.

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