A fine 94 not out by Harry Booth and a 58 and 4-43 from Seb Wishart saw New Norfolk I defeat Claremont by 11 runs at Abbotsfield Park last Saturday. In a match reduced to 40-overs per innings the Red Caps made 6/229. In reply, Claremont gave it a good shake finishing just short on 7/218 off its 40 overs. Harry Booth’s innings was the real mainstay of New Norfolk’s innings. He hit 10 fours and three sixes. He was well supported by Seb Wishart whose half century of 58 with five fours helped build the winning total. Wishart backed it up with great bowling taking four wickets. Jordan Banks-Smith 2-37 (7) and Joe McCulloch 1-30 (4) helped keep the opposition under the required total.
Molesworth I defeated Gretna I by eight runs in a close affair at Boyer Oval on Saturday. Batting first, the home team made 10/173 off 48.2 overs. Molesworth got off to a bad start when captain and opener Brayden Hodge was run out by a direct hit from Peter Jelkic with the score on four. But then Nick Piuselli 47 (six fours) and Ryan Banks-Smith 14 runs (one four) put on a 71-run stand. Brad Coppleman kept the score ticking over making 42 with two fours and a six. In reply, Gretna needed a run per ball from the final three overs, but was bowled out finishing 10/165 from 49.3 overs. Rhys Browning batted well making 43 (three fours) as did Ben Rainbird with 27 (three fours). The pair put on 44. Luke Crosswell 28 made (one four), Peter Jelkic found some form making 20 (two fours, one six) and Zac Crosswell 14no did well. For Molesworth it was young Jye Lester who did the damage, sending down nine overs and taking 4-30 in a very good performance . Daniel Coppleman also did his bit with 2-30 (10). Brad Coppleman and Brayden Hodge both took 1-37 (10) while Josh Ransley took the final wicket from three balls to give his team victory.
In a thrilling finish at Old Beach, New Norfolk II lost to Old Beach by just two wickets. After making 9/225 off its 50 overs, New Norfolk defended its total with some fine bowling, but was beaten in the last over with the home side hitting a boundary off the fifth ball of the final over, finishing 8/227 off 49.5 overs. In a terrific effort with the ball, Josh Rowlands almost single-handledly won the match for his team with the big haul of 6-30 off 9.5 overs. In a fine spell, Rowlands gave everything for his team. Earlier with the bat, openers Stewart Rice and Jake King put on an excellent 130 opening partnership. Rice hit eight fours and four sixes in his 71, while King hit five fours and one six in his 56. Down the order, Jarrod Browning remained 19no (one four). With the ball for the Red Caps, aside from Josh Rowlands' big haul, his uncle Graeme Rowlands bowled with plenty of fire. Graeme opened the bowling and finished with tidy figures of 1-26 (10) while the other wicket taker was Nathan Rice with 1-51 (10). New Norfolk may have lost, but will take plenty of positives from this match and can stay in contact with the top four.
Gretna II defeated St Aidans by 108 runs at Gretna. The home side had first hit and made 6/267 from its 50 overs. This was mainly due to the very good innings from veteran Mathew Burns who made 114no. Burns hit eight fours and six sixes in his century and what’s more, in his previous three innings he failed to score. Burns shared partnerships of 46 with Jon Smith 40 runs (eight fours), 97 with Brian Smith 32 (two fours) and 75 with Aaron Browning who did well remaining 26no. Earlier Mat Coulson made 18 two fours and Adam Browning 16 (one four). In reply the visitors were bowled out for 159 from 38.5 overs. Young opening bowler Sam Booth put in a fine effort taking 4-35 from nine overs. Spinner Aaron Browning capped off a great day taking 2-27 from 4.5 overs as did Jon Smith with 1-13 (6) and Mat Coulson took 1-41 (10). There were two run outs. In all a very good win for Gretna.
Bothwell I playing at home kept its winning run intact with a 56-run win over Claremont on Sunday. The Bucks won the toss and batted first, making 9/172 from their 50 overs. They were soon in trouble at 4/25, but then a very good 48 from Kelvin Eyles which included five fours. Down the order Brock Nichols made 35no with four fours and Nathan White chipped in with 20 (three fours). In reply, the visitors were bowled out for 116 off 33 overs. This low score was due to some great bowling, especially from opener Nathan White who sent down 10 overs, four maidens, finishing with the excellent figures off 5-17 . White tore through the Claremont top order to set up a great win. Brock Nichols was tight also with 2-13 (5). Matthew Eyles took 2-20 (6) and Tyler White took the other wicket 1-10 (2).
In the other fourth grade match, Bushy Park went down to Weily Park by two wickets at Weily Park. Winning the toss and playing one man short, Bushy Park chose to bat and made 9/121 off 28.4 overs. Mitchell Crosswell top-scored with a very good 55. Shaun Fenton made 22 while Geoff Crosswell made 21. In reply, the home team just got it done finishing 8/122 off 39.1 overs. Best with the ball was Geoff Crosswell with 2-30 (9). Captain Troy Smith bowled tightly taking 1-22 (10) as did Mitchell Crosswell with 1-12 (6). Dylan Grant took 1-19 (5) and there were three runouts.
Top-placed New Norfolk III accounted for the Knights by 65 runs at Collinsvale Oval. A superb spell of bowling of 4-5 off 10 overs by Aaron Drew saw the Knights bowled out very cheaply. Drew’s spell saw him bowl five maidens in what is one of the best displays of the season to date. Batting first, the Red Caps made 10/128 off 41.5 overs and in reply the home side was bundled out for just 63 off 36.1 overs. Blake Kemmler topped scored with 22 (two fours, one six) while Steve Sillifant made 16 (one four, two sixes). Zaheer Hussain took 2-18 off 10 overs, Stuart Muir 1-22 (10), Coby Kemmler 1-7 (2.1) and Jye Bearman 1-3 (1). In all a very convincing win for New Norfolk who are yet to lose a match.
Molesworth II was defeated by Derwent by five wickets at Clarence High School. Batting first, Molesworth was bowled out for 111 off 44.2 overs. Mark Jablonski played a lone hand making 43 (five fours) while Aaron Bradley made 14. Having just 10 players and only eight batting didn’t help the course. In reply, Derwent finished at 5/112 off 21.3 overs. Shayne Upton took 2/29 from four overs. Jake Sorrenson did well with 1-8 (5) while Zane Lester took 1-6 from 1.3 overs.
Bothwell II easily accounted for Wellington at St Virgil’s by 128 runs on Sunday. Winning the toss and batting, Bothwell made 10/221 from 48 overs. In reply, Wellington was dismissed for just 93 off 24.5 overs. With the bat for the Bucks, batting at Number 10, Brodie White top-scored with 33. White's innings included five fours as he teamed up with number 11 batsman Jamie Devin 16 (two fours). The pair put on a valuable 71 last-wicket partnership. Blake Eyles made 28 (six fours), opener Adam Clark made 22 (four fours) and Michael White made 20 (one four). With the ball, Bothwell used just the three bowlers with Nathan Eyles with a bag off 5 for 40 (10) and Stuart Eyles 4-22 (8) steam rolling the Wellington line up in a very good display of bowling.