Thursday, October 20, 2016

Cricket season starts with Twenty20 superbash

ROUND 1 of the Southern Cricket Association Twenty20 Superbash got under way last weekend, with one match washed out due to the wet weather.

After having to moving their game to Sorell due to the home ground being too wet, Gretna I accounted for the Sorell Eagles by four wickets in second grade. Sorell had first knock making 3/119 off 20 overs. In reply Gretna struggled early to be 4/45, but then a 61 run stand by allrounder Aaron Maddox 53 not out and Captain Todd Jarvis 12 runs, got the team all but home. Maddox showed great poise and control during his innings which included three sixes and one four. Zac Crosswell showed early form with his straight bat remaining 12no (one four). Craig Cunningham had the best bowling figures for Gretna with 1-16 (3).

In first grade, New Norfolk I went down to Old Beach at Tynwald Park by five wickets. The Red Caps lost the toss and were sent into bat making 10 for 80 off 20 overs. Captain Jason Rigby made 14 as did Rohan Heron, while Cody Neads remained 10no. In reply Old Beach chased down the total with two overs to spare. Wicket-takers were Nathan Eiszele with good figures of 2-11 (4) and Jason Rigby 2-18 (4).

In second grade, Molesworth I got off to a good start by downing Richmond/Cambridge at Boyer Oval by five wickets. The visitors were bowled out for just 63 off 19 overs. This was mainly thanks to the performance of Daniel Coppleman who sent down 4 overs taking 4-16. New player Chris Sinclair also did well capturing 3-15 (4). Young Jeremy Nichols showed good signs taking 2-17 (4). In reply Molesworth lost five wickets in the run chase. Brad Coppleman top-scored with 26, while Coppleman struck the ball well hitting five boundaries. Josh Ransley made 12 (two fours).

Thanks to a half-century by Bothwell I opener Simon Eyles and a five-wicket haul by new player Craig Pursell the Bucks were able to account for St Virgil's by 22 runs in fourth grade. Played at St Virgils, Bothwell had first knock making 5/112 off its 20 overs. Simon Eyles batted making 56, while Mathew Eyles was next best with 16. In reply the home side was bowled out for 90. This was thanks to Craig Pursell's excellent spell of bowling, taking 5-18 off 4 overs. Captain Brock Nichols led the way with good figures of 1-11(4).

In the other fourth grade matches, Gretna II made a great start to the season with a 16-run win over Derwent at Sorell. First time Captain Tom Allcock won the toss and elected to bat making 5 for 103 off its 20 overs. Opener Brian Smith top-scored with 28 (two fours, one six). In a handy partnership, Smith and fellow opener Jordan Hastie 20 runs (one four) put on 44. Dion Hay showed good signs making 18no. In reply Derwent was dismissed for 87 (18.2). Youngster Jake Campbell bowled superbly finishing with the fine figures of 3/4 off 3.2 overs to be the main wicket taker while spinner Aaron Browning took 2/21 (4).

New Norfolk II recorded a 29-run win over Bagdad at Tynwald Park on Sunday. The Red Caps had first dig making 5/121 off its 20 overs. Captain Chris Ashcroft batting at first drop lead from the front with a fine 50no. Ashcroft's innings included four fours and two sixes in what was a real captain's knock. He teamed up with coach Todd Rusher 23 runs (two fours) putting on a excellent partnership of 76 runs. In reply Bagdad was bowled out for 92 off 19 overs. Liam O'Brien showed what he can do with the white ball, sending down 2-6 off 4 overs in a very tight spell of bowling. Brad Kemmler also did well 2-14 (4).

In the match played at Pontville, Bushy Park 9 for 100 off 18.5 overs went down to Hobart 3 for 101 (17.3). Bushy Park keeper Shaun Fenton got in some early form top-scoring with 31, while Troy Smith made 16. Of their wicket takers, Dylan Grant took 2/16 (3) and Shaun Grant 1/16 (2).

In the sixth grade match played at Boyer Oval on Saturday, Molesworth II accounted for Sandford by eight wickets. The visitors won the toss and elected to bat, making 7 for 84 off their 20 overs. Opening bowler Tim Nichols bowled very tightly finishing with 3-8 off his four overs in a very good spell. Other opener Jye Lester did like wise finishing with 2-9 (4). In reply, Molesworth lost just the two wickets finishing 2/86 off 16.1 overs. Youngster and opener Jayden Wilton showed things to come with a very valuable 33 runs, which included three fine fours. Tim Nichols had a good day out and remained 24no (two fours, two sixes). While Daniel Adams made 19.

In the seventh grade match at Tynwald Park on Sunday, New Norfolk III belted the Beltas by nine wickets. MacKillop had first hit and made 7/56 off its 20 overs. All the Red Caps bowlers did their bit, but it was youngster Rhys Franklin who gave a good display of bowling taking 2-11 off 3 overs, while Shayne Upton did likewise 1-6 (3). In reply, New Norfolk chased down the total with the loss of just one wicket and 6.4 overs to spare. Opener David Mitchelmore topped scored with 24 (one four), Shayne Upton 17 (one six), and Nathan Rice 13no (one four).

The eighth grade match on Sunday between Bothwell and Sandford at Sandford resulted in a wash out.
WADE GLEESON

NEXT GAMES
SCA Twenty20 Super Bash
Round 2

First Grade - Saturday, October 22.
New Norfolk I v Derwent at Tynwald Park at 2pm.

Second Grade - Saturday, October 22
Gretna I v Knights at Collinsvale at 2pm.
Molesworth I v Old Beach at Boyer Oval at 2pm.

Fourth Grade - Saturday, October 22.
Bothwell I v Bagdad at Bagdad at 2pm.
Gretna II v St Virgil's  at Cadburys 1 at 10am.
New Norfolk II v Bushy Park at Tynwald Park at 10am.

Sixth Grade - Saturday, October 22.
Molesworth II v Richmond/Cambridge at Boyer at 10am.

Seventh Grade - Sunday, October 23.
New Norfolk III v Knights at Collinsvale Oval at 2pm.

Eighth Grade - Sunday, October 23.
Bothwell II v St Anne's at Cadbury's at 2pm.

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