Friday, January 27, 2017

Southern cricket - round 10


FOR the second week in a row, New Norfolk I prevailed as winners from the final over of the match. With just an over remaining and needing three runs to topple ladder leaders Wellington, the bottom-placed Red Caps showed great fight to finish 9-180 with just three balls to spare.

Keeper and opening batsman Adam McKeown top scored with 38 (three fours). Harry Booth continued his good form with the bat, making 36 including three fours, while down the order Nathan Eiszele also got among the runs with 35, belting four boundaries. At No. 10, Dave Maddox proved the saviour with an invaluable 21 not out. Maddox held his nerve in the dying stages, hitting one four and one six.

Earlier, Wellington won the toss and elected to bat, and were all out for 176 off 45.1 overs. Captain and opening bowler Jason Rigby led from the front and bowled extremely well, finishing with great figures of 4-36 off eight overs. Stewart Rice used his tonne of experience with the ball, taking 3-41 off 10 overs, while Nathan Eiszele was very tight claiming 1-15 (6). Joe McCulloch bowled three maidens to finish with 1-15 (6.1) and Josh Dykes took 1-47 (19).

It’s been a season of endless thrillers for the Red Caps. Now the tables have turned and maybe, just maybe, finals aren’t out of the question just yet.

Molesworth captain Nick Piuselli, left, holds the Ben Eyles
Memorial Trophy with Matthew Eyles, man of the match
Brayden Hodge and Craig Eyles.
IN the match played for the Ben Eyles Memorial Trophy on Saturday, Molesworth I defeated Gretna I by seven wickets at Boyer Oval. Molesworth won the toss and sent Gretna in to bat, finishing all out for 128 off 40.4 overs. Jon Smith top scored with 34, hitting four fours and one six. Veteran keeper-batsman Brian Smith made 33 with four fours, and opener Ben Rainbird made 22 (one four, one six). For Molesworth, no one bowled better than Brayden Hodge who did extremely well to take 4-22 off eight overs — including a hat-trick that really put the skids on Gretna. Jeremy Nichols also did well, sending down six overs to take 3-10. In reply, the home side easily chased down the target, finishing 3-130 off 27.4 overs. Brad Coppleman batted very well, making 54no, including four fours and four sixes. Cop-pleman put on a great partnership of 85 with opener and man of the match Brayden Hodge, who had a great game, making 35no with two fours. Fellow opener Josh Ransley made 25, hitting two fours as well. With the ball for Gretna, Daniel Browning did well taking 2-23 off seven overs while Corey Ransley took 1-31 (8). Congratulations to Ben Rainbird who played his 250th game for Gretna I on Saturday.

New Norfolk II travelled to Bothwell to take on the Bucks and won by three wickets. In a low-scoring affair, Bothwell I won the toss and elected to bat. The Bucks lost wickets regularly and were bundled out for just 83 off 30.1 overs. This low score was due to some great bowling by the Red Caps. The opening pair of Aaron Drew 4-22 off 10 overs straight and young Cody Morgan-Coleman 3-11 (6) were outstanding. Throw in Josh Walsh’s 2-17 (5.1) and Liam O’Brien with 1-6 (3.3) and the job was done. For the home side, only Nathan White’s 23 and captain Cody Eyles’ 12 runs at No. 10 troubled the scores with double figures. In reply, New Norfolk made hard work of chasing down the target, finishing 7-84 off 23.2 overs, but like many matches this season, when the bonus point is on offer it does create wickets. Captain Chris Ashcroft top-scored with a handy 29 (four fours) while opener and keeper Glen Williams made 14 and Nathan Rice held his ground well, making 13no (one four). It was a great effort by the Bucks bowlers to claim seven wickets in defending such a low total. Mathew Glover took 3-8 off two overs while Nathan White tried hard, taking 2-28 (10). Matthew Eyles with 1-5 (2.2) and Craig Pursell with 1-18 (5) were the other wicket takers.

Gretna II hosted Hobart where the visitors were defeated by five wickets. Having first hit, Hobart was all out for 172 off 48.1 overs. All of the Gretna bowlers did their bit, but it was Jackson Ackerly who took 3-35 (10), Jake Campbell 2-33 (10) and Peter Jelkic who bowled very tightly to say the least, sending down 10 overs for 2-15. In reply, Gretna — needing a win to have any chance for finals — stood tall and finished with 5-174 off 37.2 overs. At 3-70 they needed a good partnership and they got it through captain Tom Allcock with 49 (three fours, one six) and youngster Jake Campbell with 34 not out (three fours). The pair buckled down and batted very well, putting on 79 for the fourth wicket. Earlier, Peter Jelkic made 17 (two fours) and opener Jordan Hastie 14.

Results and statistics for the Bushy Park v St Virgils match at the Bushy Park Showground were unavailable at the time of writing.

AT Cambridge Oval, Molesworth II, who played one short, was easily defeated by Montagu Bay by 10 wickets. After being sent in to bat, Molesworth was going well at 4-122, but then was amazingly bowled out for 125 off 29.2 overs. Montagu Bay bowler Nathan Geason took 4-0 off four overs. Molesworth captain Jack Evans opened the batting, making a very good 37 including four fours and one six. Tim Nichols made 25 (four fours) and Brad Jarvis 14. In reply, Montagu Bay finished with 0-130 off 19.5 overs. Tim Nichols was the best of the bowlers with 10 runs from six overs.

New Norfolk III had the bye.

AFTER a tie and a six-run loss in the previous two rounds, Bothwell II again got the short end off the stick, going down to Sorell by just one wicket. Playing at home, the Bucks won the toss and had first hit to be all out with a small total of 98 runs. Tyler White top scored with 21, Stuart Eyles made 12 and Simon Eyles 11. In reply Sorell also struggled, making hard work of it, but scraped home finishing with 9-99 off 35.3 overs. In a good spell of bowling, Troy Branch lead the way with 3-13 off seven overs, while Tyler White impressed with 2-14 (4). Captain Peter Hansch was very tight indeed with 1-8 (6) and Stuart Eyles got 1-8 (4).

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