Derwent Valley matches
Round 18 - February 20-21
WITH the SCA finals starting this weekend, New Norfolk I ended the roster series with a good 73 -run win over St Virgil's at St Virgil's in First Grade. Having first knock the Red Caps hit up the good score of 8/224 off its 50 overs. Harry Booth top-scored with a good 74 which included seven well-struck fours and two sixes. Joe McCulloch got 42 (four fours) and captain David Maddox made 39 (four fours). In reply St Virgil's was dismissed for 151 off 39.1 overs. John Ferguson claimed 3-29 from nine overs while Jamie Maddox took 2-22 (5).
Playing at home in the other First Grade match, Molesworth I went down to Claremont by four wickets. Batting first, Molesworth made 9/164 off its 50 overs. Cody Neads top-scored with 32 (two fours) while captain Jamie Adams made 31 (one four, one six). Nick Piuselli made 24 (two fours, one six). In reply the visitors chased down the runs finishing 6/166 off 37.4 overs. Damien Nieuwesteeg bowled well for Moleswortg taking 4-55 off 8.4 overs. Dean King 1-29 (10) and Jamie Adams 1-32 (10).
SECOND GRADE: In a very big match at Gretna, Gretna I defeated Old Beach by 77 runs. Winning the toss and batting, Gretna hit up the good score of 10/227 off 48.4 overs. Playing his 300th club game, captain Ben Rainbird led the way with good knock of 77, hitting six nice fours and one six. Rhys Browning gave good support with a handy 45 (two fours, one six). Down the order Peter Jelkic made a quickfire 23 (one four, one six). Aaron Maddox remained 16no. In reply Old Beach was bowled out for 150 off 38.4 overs. Openers Corey Ransley 2-28 and Aaron Maddox 2-38 (10) bowled well while later Peter Jelkic picked up 3-32 off 4.4. Spinner Craig Cunningham was very tidy with 1-16 (5). Gretna will now play Montagu Bay at Gretna in the elimination final on Saturday. Congratulations to Gretna I captain Ben Rainbird on playing his 300th club game. Ben has now played 242 games for Gretna I and 58 for Gretna II. He joins and an elite group of players in the 300 Club, which includes his father, uncle and brother-in-law.
THIRD GRADE: Bushy Park sent a warning to the other top five teams with a convincing 139-run win over St Anne's who they will play again in the elimination final this weekend. A superb century by wicket keeper/batsman Shaun Fenton led the way for the big Bushy Park win. In a great display of batting, Fenton made 119 and had partnerships of 83 with Nathan Grant and 104 with Jason Crosswell. Grant batted well making 39 and Crosswell 25. Troy Smith made 23 and Ben Triffett 22. Bushy Park made 10/264 off 48.4 overs. In reply St Anne's was bowled out for 125 off 32.3 overs. Mitch Crosswell was the main wicket-taker, bowling well and taking 3-14 off 4.3 overs. Dylan Grant 2-37 (7).
At North Warrane, Gretna II went down to MacKillop Beltas by the big margin off 183 runs. The home side had first knock and belted 5/313 off 50 overs. In reply Gretna was bundled out for 130 off 23.2 overs. Tom Allcock played a loan hand, batting very well to make 68 (six fours, one six). Luke Wheeler was the only other with double figures with 17 (three fours). The wickets takers for Gretna were Todd Jarvis took 3-64 (10), Luke Crosswell 1-48 (8) and Zac Crosswell 1-58 (10). Darren Lennox bowled very well without luck, returning 0-32 (10).
FOURTH GRADE: Bothwell took care of Richmond/Cambridge at home winning by 66 runs. Having first hit, the Bucks hit up 9/198 off their 50 overs. Brad Eyles lead the way with the willow making 69. Openers Nathan White made 33 and Craig Davey 21. In reply the visitors were bowled out for 132 off 44 overs. Trent Rogers bowled well taking 3-21 off his 10 overs as did Nathan White 3-26 (7). While Matthew Eyles 2-32 (10) and Brock Nichols 2-35 (10) were also tidy.
New Norfolk II lost its chance of making the finals, going down to the Knights by three wickets at Collinsvale, but not without a fight. Batting first the Red Caps posted the good total of 10/218 off 48.5 overs. Keeper Leigh Berry stood tall making a very good 70 which included 11 well-hit fours. Young Mitchell Rice made 21 as did Graeme Rowlands (four fours) and Jamie Hill who was not out with two fours. In reply New Norfolk made the Knights work hard for the win, losing seven wickets and having only two overs to spare, finishing 7/224 off 48 overs. Graeme Rowlands had a great match trying his best, claiming 4-42 off 10 overs. Nathan Cashion also did well 1-32 (7).
FOURTH GRADE: In a very short match, Molesworth II went down to Montagu Bay by nine wickets at Geilston Bay. Lasting just 12.1 overs, Molesworth was bowled out for 43. Jack Evans top-scored with 17 and Josh Ransley 16. There were six ducks. In reply, the Sharks finished 1/47 off 13 overs. Kyle Walker 1-9 off 4 overs.
Bothwell II finished the season with a good 70-run win over Old Beach at Old Beach. Batting first, Bothwell made the good score of 10/220 off 44.1 overs. Simon Eyles made a very good 68 while the in-form Clinton Millhouse made 65. Stuart Eyles made 25 and captain Nathan Eyles 22. In reply, Old Beach was bowled out for 150 off 35.3 overs. Simon Eyles made it a double taking 4-25 off four overs, Adrian Branch also did well taking 3-19 off eight.
SIXTH GRADE: New Norfolk III had a good four-wicket win over Runnymede at Runnymede. The home side had first hit and was bowled out for 110 off 46.1 overs. All the New Norfolk bowlers did their job. Brad Kemmler bowled well taking 3-32 off 9.1 overs while Adam Nossiter did very well taking 2-7 off 5. David Mitchelmore recorded figures of 2-17 off nine overs. Coby Kemmler also recorded the good figures of 1-2 off five overs and Liam O'Brien did likewise with 1-14 off nine. In reply the Red Caps finished 6/113 off 20.4 overs. Brendan Skelly made 47 (seven fours) while Shayne Upton made 16 (two fours). All though New Norfolk got the win the Knights also recorded a victory causing the Red Caps to miss the finals.