WITH glorious days for cricket over the weekend, Round 3 of the Southern Cricket Association saw plenty of action in all grades.
In First Grade, New Norfolk I had a real nail-bitter at East Street, going down to Wellington by just two runs. With one ball remaining, the Red Caps required three runs for their first victory of 2016/17, but it wasn't to be. Wellington made 10/231 and in reply New Norfolk finished 9/229 off its 50 overs. Seb Wishart batted extremely well making a fine 57 which included six fours. Joe McCulloch made 38 (four fours) while Stewart Rice at number 10 made a quickfire 30 hitting three fours and two sixes. With the ball, captain and opening bowler Jason Rigby bowled with plenty of fire taking the fine figures of 5-27 off his 10 overs. Josh Rowlands gave great support with 3-55 (10).
In the Second Grade match between Molesworth I and Gretna I at Gretna, Molesworth was an easy victor by six wickets. After taking 3-32 from seven overs to help bowl Gretna out for 162, Brayden Hodge then opened the batting with a well-made 64. Hodge's innings included six fours and three sixes. Another to do well was Brad Coppleman who took 2-18 off 5.2 overs then hit up a handy 40 runs with four fours and two sixes while Alex Ross took 2-31 (10) and made 24 with four fours. For Gretna John Smith made 35 (four fours, one six). Rhys Browning made 24 with three fours and Glenn Blackwell 21 (three fours). Daniel Browning took 2-29 off five overs.
In Fourth Grade, New Norfolk II had a comfortable seven-wicket win over Bothwell I at Tynwald Park. Bothwell had first hit, making 10/108 off 38.2 overs. In reply, New Norfolk lost just three wickets finishing 3/109 off 21.3 overs. Keeper Leigh Berry top-scored with 33 runs (five fours). Adrian Eiszele 25 (three fours) and Jamie Hill 18no (one four). With the ball for New Norfolk, Liam O'Brien bowled very well with figures off 3-23 off 8 overs. Jamie Hill 2-8 (1.2), Aaron Drew 2-21 (10). Josh Walsh 1-24 (10) and Aaron Triffitt 1-15 (5). No Bothwell stats were available.
Bushy Park recorded its first 50-over match victory on Saturday defeating St Virgil's by 66 runs at St Virgil's. Bushy batted first, making 10/190 off 46 overs. Shaun Fenton put in a good show with the willow with an even half century. Ben Triffett did well down the order with 23no while Brad Smith made 19. There was a staggering 47 extras. In reply the home side was dismissed for 124 off 42.4 overs. This was mainly due to the purple patch of bowling from Jeremy Lowe who took 4-13 off just 4.4 overs. Brad Smith also did well with 3-38 off 10 overs while Troy Smith took 1-28 off 10 overs. In all a good first up win for the Bushy Park lads.
In the match at Risdon Vale, Hobart 6/223 off 41.1 overs defeated Gretna II 9/220 off 50 overs. Jordan Hastie lead the way making a very good half century of 52 hitting one four and two sixes. Jake Campbell also did well making 27no (four fours) while Darren Lennox at number 11 also made 27no (three fours, one six). Adam Browning made 22 (four fours). With the ball, Jackson Ackerly was the main wicket taker with 2-53 (10).
In Seventh Grade, New Norfolk III continued its winning run, defeating Brighton at Pontville by five wickets. Brighton had first knock, making just 10/73 off 26 overs. In reply New Norfolk wasn't convincing, but got the job done, finishing 5/77 off 14.1 overs. Opener Shayne Upton top-scored with 28, hitting four fours and one six. Trent Smith made 20no (three fours and one six). In the bowling Jye Bearman took 3-16 from four overs, Trent Smith 2-9 (3), Jake Bearman 2-12 (6), Cody Morgan-Coleman 2-15 (6) and Dylan Browning 1-5 (2). New Norfolk remains undefeated after three rounds and this is a great effort since the side is made up of mostly players under 18 years of age.
In Eighth Grade, Sorell with 6/141 off 32.3 overs defeated Bothwell II with 10/138 off 34.5 overs.
No Bothwell stats were available.