New Norfolk I rectified the previous week's loss with an important win over second-placed Wellington at Eady St at the weekend. Winning the toss and batting first, New Norfolk faced 50 overs for the low score of 9-114 . In reply, and after excellent defence by the Red Caps, the home side was bowled out for 106 from 29.1 overs. All the bowlers did well. Seb Wishart’s 3-11 off 5.1 overs was excellent, as was Josh Rowlands’ 2-15 (4). Harry Booth was on target in the field with two run-outs. Earlier with the bat, Jason Rigby top-scored with 28 (one four). Batting at No. 9 and playing his first First Grade match this season, Josh Walsh dug deep with a very handy 18, including two fours and one six.
After an excellent batting and bowling display, Gretna I recorded its first back-to-back wins, with a big 160-run victory over third-placed Richmond/Cambridge at Richmond. With Gretna all out for 206 from 49.3 overs, the opening bowlers then went about tearing through the home side for just 46 runs off 17.4 overs. Veteran and medium pacer Mathew Burns caused havoc, finishing with the outstanding figures of 7-17 off nine overs (two maidens). Aaron Maddox took 3-27 from 8.4 overs. With the bat, young Zac Crosswell top-scored with 46 (six fours) and put on 93 for the third wicket with Rhys Browning, who got 38 (three fours). Luke Crosswell got 44 (six fours) and Aaron Maddox 34 (five fours, one six), the pair putting on 51 for the eighth wicket.
Molesworth I lost to top-placed Rokeby by run rate in a rain-affected match at Boyer Oval. After being sent in, the home side was all out for 138 off 43.4 overs. In reply, Rokeby was 9-132 off 37 overs when the rain came. With the bat, opener Daniel Adams top scored with 39 (one four). Daniel Coppleman was the best of the Molesworth bowlers with 3-34 (10).
New Norfolk II kept its finals chances alive with a six-wicket win over Montagu Bay at Geilston Bay on Sunday. The Red Caps won the toss and sent the home side in, bowling the Sharks out for just 90 from 40.5 overs. Liahm O’Brien, in his first match of the season, sent down six overs for the excellent figures of 4-6 (two maidens). Not a bad effort after a drive from Burnie! Stewart Rice bowled great line and length, capturing 3-28 (10), including three maidens, while Jamie Hill bowled his spinners taking great figures of 2-17 (7.5). Zaheer Hussain was also tight with 1-11 (7), including three maidens. In reply, New Norfolk was in a bit of bother at 4-31, but Nathan Eiszele got four fours and three sixes on his way to 42 not out and I hear his to catches were pretty special. The Red Caps won comfortably in the end, finishing with 4-91 from 16.2 overs.
Bothwell I captain Joey Eyles wound back the clock with an excellent all-round performance at Bothwell on Sunday. Bushy Park won the toss and elected to bat and was going well at 4-136 before Eyles took 5-20 from 6.2 overs. Nathan Eyles took the other wicket and Bushy Park was all out for 152 off 33.2 overs. Chasing a modest total, Bothwell was in trouble at 7-64 before a match-winning partnership of 66 between Joey Eyles, who finished 49 not out (eight fours), and youngster Brodie White (18). The Bucks finished 8-153 off 42.4 overs. Earlier with the bat for Bothwell, Kelvin Eyles made 25 (three fours) and Brock Nichols 15 (three fours). Best of the bowlers for Bushy were Mitch Crosswell in a gallant effort with excellent figures of 4-16 (10), supported by Nicholas Fenton with 3-48 (10). With the bat for Bushy, Trent Grant made 41. Bowling for the Bucks, Brock Nichols got 2-19 (5) and Tyler White was very tight with 1-12 (6), including three maidens.
Gretna II went down to Hobart in a rain-affected match at Gretna. After being sent into bat, Gretna was 4-52 before opener Matthew Coulson, who made an excellent 102 (hitting 13 fours and one six), and evergreen Brian Smith 42 (two fours) put on a 120-run partnership, getting the score to 172. Then Gretna lost 6-5 and was bowled out for 177 off 49.5 overs. In reply Hobart was 4-154 from 28.2 overs before the rain came, giving the visitors victory on run rate. Wicket takers for Gretna were Aaron Browning with 2-26 (7.2) and Matthew Coulson with 2-28 (3), including an excellent catch from his own bowling.
Ladder-leaders New Norfolk III crushed Derwent by 167 runs at Tynwald Park. Batting first, the Red Caps got 6-258 from their 50 overs. An opening stand of 96 from youngster Blake Kemmler with 68 (two four, one six) and Steven Sillifant 41 (five fours) got the team off to a great start. Then Kemmler and Aaron Drew, who belted 59 (five fours, three sixes), put on a great stand of 80. In reply, Derwent had no answers to the Red Caps’ attack and was bowled out for just 91 from 24.2 overs. Opening bowler Aaron Drew led the way with 6-38 from his 10 overs in a great display. Mitch Rice did well, getting 2-4 (1.2) overs. Molesworth II, playing one short, got its second win in three weeks with a 26-run victory over Old Beach at Old Beach. After being sent in, the visitors made 9-143 off 26.1 overs. This was thanks to a great captain’s knock by Sam Triffitt, who made a half century. Triffitt hit seven fours and one six, and put on 46 with Jayden Wilton 12 (one four, one six). With the ball it was Triffitt again, getting 3-12 from his 10 overs, including four maidens. Timmy Nichols did very well with 3-26 (10). Shayne Upton was equally as good, taking 3-36 (10) including three maidens.
Bothwell II claimed the points after Runnymede forfeited during the week.
Well done to New Norfolk Under 13s all-rounder Luke Jarvis who came into bat with his team struggling at 2-4. Luke went on to score 89 runs off just 34 balls, hitting 10 fours and seven sixes. And to cap the day off he captured 1-2 with the ball, took a catch and got a run out. Well done, Luke.