WITH just one round of matches remaining before the Southern Cricket Association finals, some teams are in limbo as to whether they will make finals or not, while others had good wins at the weekend and are guaranteed a spot.
New Norfolk I has locked in a double chance after defeating Claremont by 39 runs at Tynwald Park. After losing the toss, the Red Caps were sent in to bat and made 6-170 off their 50 overs. In reply, the visitors were bowled out for 131 off 42.5 overs. With the bat, Harry Booth top-scored with 54, hitting four fours and two sixes. Seb Wishart made 31 (one four) and captain Jason Rigby 24 (one four). Jordan Banks-Smith made 20 not out (two fours). With the ball, Joe McCulloch bowled very well, taking 4-24 from his 10 overs. He was backed up well by Ben Smith 2-24 (7.5).
Gretna I moved into third spot on the ladder when it broke its 13-match losing streak against Molesworth I at Gretna for the Ben Eyles Memorial Match on Saturday. Batting first, the visitors were going pretty well at 5-147 but then lost five wickets for nine runs to be all out for 156 off 44.2 overs. Brad Coppleman top-scored with 70, hitting seven fours and three sixes. Opener Josh Ransley made 19 (two fours, one six), Sam Triffitt 18 (three fours) and Daniel Coppleman 14. Peter Jelkic was the main wicket taker for Gretna bowling very well to take 3-10 from five overs. Jackson Ackerly took 2-35 (10) and Zac Crosswell 1-15 (5). In reply, Gretna did well and finished 2-157 off 34.5 overs. Captain and opener Ben Rainbird batted well and finished with 69 not out, hitting seven fours. Zac Crosswell made 43 not out, hitting seven fours, and put on 88 with his captain and in turn Crosswell was declared man of the match. Rhys Browning made 25 (three fours, one six). With the ball for Molesworth , Blayne King took 1-20 (5) and Jeremy Nichols 1-35 (8.5). Before Saturday, Gretna I’s last win over Molesworth I was way back on December 3, 2011 — a losing streak that lasted for 12 50-over matches and one T20 match.
New Norfolk II made its chances of making finals very hard when it went down to Old Beach by five wickets at Boyer Oval. After being sent in, the Red Caps finished with 9-139 from 50 overs. Opener Blake Kemmler made 36 (two fours). Batting at nine, captain Josh Walsh made 20no (two fours). Aaron Drew made 18 (two fours) and Coby Kemmler got 17. In reply, the visitors made 5-140 off 34 overs. Jamie Hill bowled well, taking 4-32 (8), and opener Nathan Rice was very tight, taking 1-15 (8).
Bothwell sits six points clear on top of the ladder after a seven-wicket win over Claremont at Abbotsfield Park on Saturdy. The win was due to an excellent all-round effort from Brock Nichols. After taking 3-23 off 10 overs with four maidens and helping bowl Clarence out for 189 (49 overs), Nichols set about chasing the runs down with the bat. Opening the batting, the allrounder made 81 not out with nine well-struck fours. Dylan Pearce gave good support making 25no (four fours). Kelvin Eyles made 21 (two fours), Nathan Eyles 18 (two fours, one six) and Tyler White 17 (two fours). Bothwell finished with 3-184 off 48.3 overs. Others to take wickets were Tyler White 2-33 (8), Nathan White 1-18 (10), Matthew Eyles 1-23 (7) and Cody Eyles 1-34 (8).
In the match at Cambridge, Gretna II ended its finals chances when it went down to St Aidan’s by four wickets. Sent in to bat, Gretna was dismissed for 118 off 47 overs. In reply, the home team made 6-120 off 29.4 overs. With the bat, Todd Jarvis top-scored with 27 (six fours). With the ball Josh Whitford-Marriott took 2-19 (5), Sam Booth 2-42 (8), Jake Campbell 1-16 (3), and Aaron Browning 1-21 (9). Well done to Jordan Hastie, who played his 100th club match for Gretna on Saturday.
At St Virgil’s, Bushy Park went down to Weily Park by seven wickets. Bushy Park had first hit and made 117 off 28 overs. In reply the Rockers finished 3-120 from 17.2 overs. Dylan Grant top-scored with 25. Trent Grant made 22 and Troy Smith 17. With the ball, Dylan Grant 2-25 (5) and Geoff Crosswell 1-24 (5) were the wicket takers.
New Norfolk III is five points clear on top of the ladder after defeating the Knights by 53 runs at Tynwald Park on Sunday. Batting first, the Red Caps made 212 off 48.2 overs. Aaron Triffitt batted very well to top score with 65, which included seven fours and one six. Triffitt put on a 93-run stand with opener Steven Sillifant, who made 36 (two fours, two sixes). Brad Kemmler did well also, making 42 (four fours), while Mitchell Rice made 19 (one four). In reply, the visitors couldn’t get the required runs, finishing up with 7-159 from 50 overs. This was thanks to some outstanding bowling from the evergreen Graeme Rowlands, who sent down 10 overs (six maidens) and took 2-6, a fine effort. Captain Nathan Heron took 2-31 (8) and Mitchell Rice took 1-23 (5). There were also two run-outs.
In the match at Boyer Oval on Sunday, Molesworth lost to Derwent by five runs. After winning the toss and sending the visitors in to bat, Molesworth bowled Derwent out for 117 off 42.3 overs. In reply, Molesworth was bowled out for 112 from 33.4 overs. Captain Jack Evans top scored with a valuable 34, hitting three fours and one six. Jason Mallinson made 21 (two fours). Earlier, opening bowler Brad Jarvis took 3-12 from six overs. Nathan Triffitt took 2-9 (4). Jack Evans bowled well, finishing with the figures of 10 overs, six maidens and taking 1-9 . Colby Evans took 1-8 (3.3), Larry Menzie 1-24 (10) and Jayden Wilton 1-2 (1).
Bothwell II lost top spot to Wellington when it went down to the Warriors at Bothwell on Sunday. Batting first, the Warriors made 7-293 from 50 overs. In reply, the Bucks ran out of overs and finished at 7-164 . Brad Eyles top-scored with 29 not out (four fours, one six). Shayne Wood made 24 (four fours), Anthony White 21 (two fours) and Mark Pearce 16no (one four). With the ball, Blake Eyles took 3-69 (9.5), Anthony White 1-32 (7) and Mathew Pearce 1-46 (10).