WITH just one round remaining before finals, all but one of the Derwent Valley teams can still make the finals or have already secured a spot. Many teams are now on the hunt for the extra bonus points to gain the upper hand for that finals spot which has made for some interesting cricket last weekend.
FIVE wins from as many matches and a New Norfolk I has now secured a spot in the finals of first grade. Playing at home, New Norfolk defeated Old Beach by 42 runs. Batting first, the Red Caps made the good score of 10/199 off 49.3 overs. In reply the visitors were all out for 157 off 42.4 overs. At first drop Harry Booth top-scored with a fine 59 (six fours, one six). Opener Adrian Eiszele made 24 (three fours) and Rohan Heron was next with 18 (one four). With the ball it was opener and captain Jason Rigby who led from the front taking 4-30 off his 10 overs. Joe McCulloch, Nathan Eiszele and Stewart Rice all picked up a wicket each. Considering the hard luck and close defeats this team endured early in the season, this was a big win in the context of the season that is now alive and well. A bonus point from this win won’t go astray either.
|Gretna 12th man Conor Kelly-Lennox, 13, snared a great catch.|
GRETNA moved into fourth place of the top four with a big 123 run win over Sorell at Gretna and in doing so picked up a bonus point. It was an excellent all-round performance from the home team who posted the big score of 6/332 off its 50 overs. Openers Ben Rainbird 71 (seven fours, two sixes) and Glenn Blackwell 57 (eight fours) got things under way with a fine 126 run stand. It was captain Todd Jarvis and Aaron Maddox who finished things off piling on 116 runs together. Jarvis remained 65 not out hitting seven fours and one six, while at the other end, Maddox was just as good remaining 59no clubbing six fours and two sixes. Sorell was bowled out for 209 off 49.4 overs. Todd Jarvis continued his form with the ball taking 3-5 off just 1.4 overs. Darren Lennox also doing well bowling extremely tightly finishing 2-9 off six overs. Aaron Maddox and Craig Cunningham both picked up two wickets and Corey Ransley one. A highlight towards the end of the match was 13-year-old Conor Kelly-Lennox who came on to field as 12th man Not only did Conor get to field along side his dad Darren, but he was also able to snare himself a great catch at point of the bowling of Todd Jarvis.
In the other second grade match, Molesworth I remained on top of the ladder with a very big eight wicket win over Richmond/Cambridge at Boyer Oval. The visitors had first hit and was bundled out for just 54 off 26.3 overs. Brother Daniel Coppleman also did well capturing 2-11 off five overs. Jye Lester was also very tight with 1-3 off fours overs and Larry Menzie took 1-1 off three balls. In reply Molesworth finished 2-54 off 15.2 overs. Openers Josh Ransley 35no (three fours, two sixes) and Brayden Hodge 12 were the top scorers. For this big win, Molesworth picks up two bonus points.
IN the first versus second clash, New Norfolk II stamped its authority as the team to beat come finals with a very convincing seven wicket win over Bagdad at Tynwald Park. Bagdad won the toss and elected to bat and was soon in trouble at 6/40, things didn’t improve and the Red Caps had their visitors all out for just 77 off 26.5 overs. In reply New Norfolk got the job done, finishing 3/79 off 15.1 overs. Jamie Hill 17 (two fours) and captain Chris Ashcroft -6 (three fours) gave good support. New Norfolk II with two bonus points from this match, now sit well clear on top of the ladder and cannot lose this position.
In the match at St Virgil’s, Bothwell kept its finals chances alive with a hardfought 32-run win over the home side and in doing so picked up a bonus point. Batting first, the Bucks were dismissed for the low score of 105 off 29.1 overs. In reply, St Virgil’s just couldn't chase down the small target and was bundled out for just 73 off 29.1 overs. Matthew Eyles was the difference top scoring with 29 runs and then opening the bowling taking 5-26 off his 10 overs to skittle the home side and on his way bagging a total of 28 wickets for the season.
At Gretna, the home team did its finals chances no harm with a four-wicket win over Derwent. The visitors had first knock and made slow work of it finishing 10/103 off 45 overs. It was a great effort from the Gretna II bowlers with all playing their part. Cameron Emery in first game back since the start of the season, gave nothing taking 3-13 (10) in a fine performance. Adam Browning 2-19 (10), Brodie Gleeson 2-29 (7) Luke Crosswell 1-27 (8) did well also. In reply, Gretna needing the win and bonus points chased down the runs finishing 6/104 off 19.4 overs. Opener Jordan Hastie top-scored with an entertaining quickfire 43, striking six fours along the way. Adam Browning remained 12 not out and Luke Crosswell also 12. This win gave Gretna two bonus points.
In the other match in fourth grade, Bushy Park defeated Hobart at Risdon Vale. Bushy Park made 10/184 off 40.3 overs. Mitchell Crosswell made 33, Shaun Fenton 32, Dylan Grant 20, Nicholas Fenton 17 and Geoff Crosswell 14 not out. No other details were available at the time of writing.
MOLESWORTH II went down to Brighton by 120 runs. Brighton had first hit making 10/201 and in reply the home side were dismissed for 81. Brad Jarvis who hurt his knee early came back in and tried his hardest to keep the Brighton runs down taking 3-4 off 3.2 overs in a very impressive display. Liam Triffitt took 2-24 off six overs. With the bat, Josh Nichols top-scored with 21, while Aaron Bradley was next with 10.
NEW Norfolk III guaranteed itself a spot in the finals with a very good 50-run win over the MacKillop Beltas at Risdon Vale. The Red Caps won the toss and had first hit making the great score 9/254 off its 50 overs. First drop Aaron Triffitt made his top score for the season hitting up a fine 79 that included nine well struck fours. Trent Smith was next with 31 (four fours, two sixes) and Steven Sillifant in his first match of the season made 28 including five fours. Mitch Rice was next best with 23 (three fours). In reply MacKillop gave it a shake, but was bowled out for 204 off 44.3 overs. David Mitchelmore was the pick of the bowlers taking 3-30 (10). Opener Brad Kemmler did well also with 2-35 (7) and son Coby Kemmler was very tight taking 1-5 (4). In all it was a big win for the young New Norfolk team which also picked up a bonus point.
BOTHWELL II remained in the top four with a very good 10 wicket win over Sandford at Clarendon Vale. Sandford won the toss and elected to bat, but nothing went right from here and playing one short they were bowled out for 67 off 33 overs. This was thanks to all the Bucks bowlers, especially Nathan Eyles who bowled well bagging himself 5-16 off 10 overs. Rhys Franklin was also very tight taking 2-12 off five overs while captain Peter Hansch did his bit with 2-15 off 5. In all a very good win by Bothwell as they picked up the two valuable bonus points.