Saturday, March 3, 2018

Southern Cricket Association Round 14

THERE were washouts for First, Second and Fourth grades in the final round of Southern Cricket Association roster matches last Saturday. This left just four matches for Sunday in the other grades.

New Norfolk II easily defeated Sandford by seven wickets in their Third Grade clash at Tynwald Park. After winning the toss and opting to bowl, the Red Caps bowled out the visitors for just 110 from 39.2 overs. In reply New Norfolk chased down the runs comfortably, finishing 3-115 off 19.3 overs. With the ball it was Zaheer Hussain doing the damage, taking 3-19 from 10 overs, which also included five maidens. Graeme Rowlands also turned in a great performance, taking 2-21 (9.2). Stewart Rice was very tight, taking 1-27 (10). Seb Wishart took 1-3 (3), Nathan Rice 1-16 (3) and Jamie Hill 1-20 (4). With the bat, opener Seb Wishart batted well to finish 68 not out, hitting three fours and three sixes. New Norfolk did everything right, including getting two bonus points in its quest to get into the top four for finals, but it wasn’t to be because Old Beach (fourth) won its match over MacKillop Beltas.

Mitchell Rice.
At Boyer Oval, New Norfolk III maintained top spot on the ladder with a four-wicket win over Montagu Bay. The win was thanks to some excellent bowling from the Red Caps attack, led by Mitchell Rice, who sent down 10 overs and took 5-31 . Aaron Drew was also impressive, taking 4-31 from 10 overs. Liam Kalbfell took the other wicket, finishing with 1-8 (1.2) as the Sharks were bowled out for 75 off 23.2 overs. In reply New Norfolk lost a couple of early wickets but got the job done in the end, finishing 6-76 from 17.3 overs. Captain Nathan Heron top-scored with 28.

In the other Seventh Grade match, Molesworth II lost by four wickets against the Knights at Collinsvale Oval. After winning the toss and batting first, Molesworth made 9-110 from 24.4 overs. In reply the Knights reached 6-112 off 27 overs. Batting for Molesworth, young Josh Nichols did very well at No.8, top-scoring with 36, hitting six fours and one six. Opener Brad Coppleman made 24 (two fours, two sixes). The other opener, Larry Menzie, chipped in with 24 (five fours). With the ball, captain Jack Evans took 2-19 (7). Larry Menzie claimed 1-1 (3) and also achieved a run-out. Mark Jablonski took 1-23 (6) and Brad Coppleman 1-26 (7). In last week’s Seventh Grade report, New Norfolk III batsman Aaron Triffitt was inadvertently edited out. Triffitt batted very well, top-scoring with 65 when his team beat the Knights by 53 runs at Tynwald Park. His innings included seven fours and one six. He shared a 93-run stand with opener Steven Sillifant, who made 36 (two fours, two sixes).

The match between Bothwell II and Claremont at Abbotsfield Park on Sunday was abandoned. This was due to the pitch being underwater from what I’m guessing was from Saturday’s rain, or that the sprinklers had come on overnight?


Ladders After Round 14 - Final Roster Matches.

FIRST GRADE  (Top five play off for finals)
St Annes 77
Wellington 71
New Norfolk I 64
St Aidans 57
Claremont 39
Old Beach 39
Montagu Bay 15
Derwent 13

SECOND GRADE (Top four play off for finals)
Rokeby 79
Knights 71
Gretna I 56
Richmond/Cambridge 56
St Annes 36
Sorell 33
Molesworth I 28
Wellington 15

THIRD GRADE (Top four play off for finals)
Marquis Tigers 75
MacKillop Beltas 72
Brighton 62
Old Beach 62
New Norfolk II 54
Campania 27
Sandford 15
Montagu Bay 9

FOURTH GRADE (Top four play off for finals)
Bothwell I 59
Bagdad 52
Claremont 52
Weily Park Rockers 52
Hobart 51
St Aidans 45
Gretna II 39
Bushy Park 22

SEVENTH GRADE (Top four play off for finals)
New Norfolk III 91
Hobart 78
Montagu Bay Sharks 63
Knights 49
Derwent 38
St Aidans 36
Old Beach 19
Molesworth II 12

EIGHTH GRADE (Top four play off for finals)
Bothwell II 65
Wellington 64
St Annes 61
Claremont 59
Montagu Bay Sharks 54
MacKillop Beltas 53
Runnymede 18
Sorell 13

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