Derwent Valley matches
Round 16 - February 5-6
SECOND GRADE: Playing in his 100th club game, young Cameron Emery gave a fine all round performance to help Gretna I take a three-wicket win over Claremont at Abbotsfield Park on Saturday. Emery has shown good signs since his return to cricket this season. He took 4-18 off 8.3 overs and then, batting at number six, made a match-winning 40 (four fours) sharing an excellent partnership of 56 with Zac Crosswell who showed great poise with 18 (one four). The pair came together with the score at 6/73 chasing 133 for victory. Captain Corey Ransley bowled well for his team, finishing with the good figures of 4-22 off his 10 overs. Aaron Maddox took one wicket as did young Ryan Emery. In the end Gretna finished 7/133 off 29.1 overs. Others to make runs were Rhys Browning 23 (three fours) and Brian Smith 14 (one four). With this win, Gretna I climb into the top five of the Second Grade ladder. During his 100th match, Cameron Emery had the pleasure of playing alongside his father Bruce and brother Ryan. Great work guys.
THIRD GRADE: Bushy Park moved into third spot with a convincing 123 run win over Brighton at Pontville on Saturday. Bushy Park won the toss and made the good score off 10/188. Opener and newlywed Shaun Fenton batted well making 61, sharing a 71-run stand with Mitch Crosswell 23. Troy Smith also made 23 and Damien Madden 12. In reply, Brighton had no answers to the bowling attack and was bowled out for just 65. After suffering a hit to the head with the ball last week, the destroyer Nathan Grant put on a fine display of bowling taking 4-20 off 10 overs. He was well supported by Troy Smith who finished with the fine figures of 2 for just 11 runs off his 10 overs. In fact all the bowlers did well with Damien Madden 2-6 (1.1), Mitch Crosswell 1-10 (7) and Blake Howlett 1-15 (5).
Gretna II went down to St Annes by five wickets. Playing at home, Gretna won the toss and batted first, making 10/111 off 38.3 overs. Opener Luke Wheeler top-scored with a good 37 (two fours, one six). Tom Allcock made 18 (one four) and Zac Wheeler 9 (one four). In reply St Anne's finished 5/115 in the run chase. Playing in his first senior game for Gretna, 15-year-old Blake Mayne bowled well finishing with the best figures of 2-15 off six overs. Another youngster, Sam Booth, also did well taking 2-15 off five overs. Well done boys, an excellent effort. For the record, Blake Mayne is the 299th player for Gretna since 1977/78. Who will be number 300?
FOURTH GRADE: Second-placed Bothwell defeated Bagdad by 97 runs on Saturday. Playing at home, Bothwell had first knock, making 9/178 off its 50 overs. Matthew Eyles and Trent Rogers top-scored with 32 runs each while captain Cody Eyles and keeper Darren Hawes made 24 each. Brock Nichols was 16 not out and Michael White 15. In reply Bagdad couldn't handle the Bucks' attack and was bowled our for just 81. Matthew Eyles made a good double with fine figures of 3-12 (8) and Brock Nichols was just as good with 3-14 (10). Trent Rogers was also tight 2-21 (7) and Nathan White 2-31 (10).
New Norfolk II had a good 48-run win over Old Beach at Tynwald Park. Having first hit the Red Caps were in a spot of bother at 6/64, but an 84-run stand by Todd Rusher 66 (four fours) and captain Jamie Hill 39 (five fours) steadied the ship. Rusher's timing was a key and Hill rotated the strike with plenty of quick singles. Young Nathan Rice showed great poise and maturity remaining 18 not out. Leigh Berry made 16 (one four). The team finished on 9/199 off its 50 overs. In reply, Old Beach was dismissed for 151 off 30.2 overs. Todd Rusher put in a superb all-rounders performance, making 4/35 off his 10 overs. Jamie Hill also had a double, finishing 2-28 off six overs while Aaron Drew and Nathan Cashion both got two wickets also. With the win, New Norfolk II remains in fifth position on the ladder.
Molesworth II had the bye.
SIXTH GRADE: New Norfolk III went down to St Anne's by three wickets at Cadbury's No. 1. Having first knock, the visitors made 10/101 off 36.3 overs. Blake Kemmler was solid and made a good 35 not out while Trent Smith made 21 and young Coby Kemmler did well putting on 35 with his brother Blake making 8. In reply St Anne's got the runs, but not without trouble, finishing 7/103 off 25.2 overs. Liam O'Brien sent a message to the selectors, taking 3-27 off his 10 overs. Blake Kemmler took 2-19 (6) and his father Brad Kemmler took 1-34 (7).
At Ogilvie High School, Derwent defeated Bothwell II by seven wickets. The Bucks batted first, making 10/181 off 49.5 overs. Batting at number seven, Clinton Millhouse showed great determination and made a very good 76 not out. Millhouse held things together, putting on 78 with young Brody Nichols who did well making 25. Opener Anthony White made 22. In reply Derwent finished 3/184 off 38.2 overs. Kelvin Eyles took 1-21 (6), Simon Eyles 1-23 (5.2) and Nathan Eyles 1-25 (6).