|Bothwell all-rounder Nathan Eyles.|
THE final round of Twenty20 matches was played on Saturday, with some teams set to play off in the finals next month while others will miss out.
In First Grade, New Norfolk I went down to St Aidans by 31 runs at Cambridge. The home side had first shot, making 6-166 off 20 overs. In reply the Red Caps finished 7-135 from the 20 overs. Jordan Banks-Smith again got among the runs, making 32 from 26 balls. Opener Seb Wishart made 31 from 28. Down the order, Rohan Heron remained 26 not out (24 balls) and Jason Rigby made 18 from 15. Earlier with the ball, Rigby took 2-24 (4). Jye Lester got 2-32 (4) and Jordan Banks-Smith 1-14 (3). Matthew Bowden got a run out. New Norfolk I finished third on the Pool A ladder.
Second Grade: Gretna I put in a good effort, going down to Sorell by just nine runs at Pembroke Park. The home side made 4-127 off its 20 overs. In the run chase, Gretna gave it a good shake only to finish just short at 4-118 off the 20 overs. With the ball, opener Zac Crosswell was tight with 2-12 from his four overs while Sam Booth was the other wicket taker with 2-31 (3). With the bat, Aaron Maddox top scored with 37 from 32. Maddox put on 54 with opener Rhys Browning, who made 25 (30). Fellow opener Todd Jarvis continued his good form with 25 (28) and Mathew Burns tried hard right to the end, finishing on 24 (27).
St Annes defeated Molesworth I by six wickets in the match at Boyer Oval. The home side had first hit, making 8-116 off the 20 overs. Opener Daniel Coppleman made 30, as did Josh Ransley at No.4, while first drop Nick Piuselli made 25. In reply, St Annes chased down the total with just four balls to spare, finishing with 4-119 off 19.2 overs. With the ball John Fowle did well, taking 2-18 from his four overs. Josh Ransley got 1-7 (2) and Daniel Coppleman 1-24 (3.2)
Third Grade: New Norfolk II racked up its second T20 win with a good six-wicket win over Wellington at Tynwald Park. The Red Caps finished second on the Twenty20 Pool A ladder. The visitors had first dig, making 8-76 from 19 overs. In reply the home team finished with 4-79 off 14.5 overs. Richard Graham had a great game, top scoring with 45 from 42 balls. He earlier took 1-8 from his four overs in a fine spell of bowling. Opener David Mitchelmore made 19 runs and took 2-4 from two overs. Jamie Hill bowled very tightly as well with 2-12 (4). Veteran Graeme Rowlands made a comeback, bowling really well to take 2-20 (4), and Cody Morgan give little away, finishing with 1-17 from his four overs.
Fourth Grade: An undefeated century from Bothwell all-rounder Nathan Eyles secured a big 95-run win over Gretna II at Bothwell on Saturday. Batting first, the Bucks made the huge score of 2-184 off their 20 overs. Opening the batting, Eyles went on a run spree, belting sixes and fours to all parts of the ground to finish not out on 109. He shared a 109-run stand with Simon Eyles who made a very handy 35, while Josh Eyles did likewise with 26 not out. Jake Campbell was the only wicket taker with 2-37 (4). In the run chase, Gretna II finished with 6-90 off its 20 overs. Jake Campbell batted very well for his 33 which included a couple of nice sixes. Bothwell captain Brock Nichols bowled very well, taking 3-10 (4), while opener Josh Eyles did likewise picking up 2-15 (4). Nathan Eyles capped off a top day, finishing with 1-15 (3) in a fine man-of-the-match performance.
Bothwell finished second on the Pool A Twenty20 ladder while Gretna finished fourth. The Bothwell team had eight members of the Eyles family playing. There would have been nine, but veteran Joey Eyles pulled out due to an injury. To add to this, Joey’s eldest son Cody plays with Glenorchy. If Cody ends up playing alongside his family members, that would make 10 — a real family affair. Well done to you all, it’s a fine effort indeed.
Fifth Grade: Bushy Park put in a good performance, defeating the Knights by 33 runs at the Bushy Park Showground. Having first hit, the Bees made the good score of 4-164 from the 20 overs. An opening stand of 96 from Jack Evans (59 runs from 51 balls) and Shaun Fenton (46 from 33) gave their team a great start. Mitchell Crosswell then kept things going with 34 not out from 23 deliveries, and Jasper Gerhard Marais made 10 from 10. In reply, the Knights finished 9-131 from the 20 overs. The Bees put in some fine spells of bowling, in particular from Max Shultz who sent down four overs to take 5-42 , while spinner and captain Nick Fenton cleaned up as well with the excellent figures of 4-8 from his four overs. The win puts Bushy Park on top of the Pool A T20 ladder.
New Norfolk III was defeated by Lindisfarne by 48 runs at Tynwald Park. Batting first and being 2-8 early, the visitors went on to make 7-118 off their 20 overs. Captain Nathan Heron took 2-31 (4) and Jack Morgan-Miller 2-11 (2), while both Stuart Muir and Liam Kalbfell bowled tightly taking 1-14 (4) each. There was one run out. With the bat, the Red Caps finished 9-70 from their 20 overs. Andrew Callander made 16 from 17 balls and Jake Stevenson remained 12 not out from 15 balls. New Norfolk finished fourth on the Pool B ladder.
Seventh Grade: Bothwell defeated Wellington by 22 runs at home. Batting first, the Bucks made 8-89 from their 20 overs. Batting at No.9, Mathew Glover made 14 not out. Opener Tyler White got 12 and Mark Pearce 11. In reply and playing one short and with one batsman not batting, the visitors made 8-67 from 17.1 overs. Captain Peter Hansch cleaned up, finishing with the excellent figures of 4-16 from his four overs. Opener Brodie White did very well, capturing 2-9 off two overs, while Tyler White did his bit as well with 2-14 (2.1). The good win puts Bothwell in third position on the T20 ladder.
Molesworth II defeated Montagu Bay by six wickets in the match at Boyer Oval. Batting first, the visitors made 6-86 from their 20 overs. Opening bowler Dean King, who has returned to the club, bowled extremely well in taking 2-7 from his four overs. Braydan Chaplin did well, taking 2-26 from his four overs, while David Adams and Jye County were equally as good with the ball, with both taking 1-14 their four overs. In reply Molesworth easily chased down the target, finishing with 4-88 from 14.1 overs. Captain Sam Triffitt led the way with an unbeaten 31. Braydan Chaplin made 15 and Jye County 14. Molesworth finished sixth on the T20 ladder.
The T20 semi-finals and grand finals will be played on December 22, with the matches and grounds to be announced.
SCA 50-over matches - Round 3. All matches start at 10.30am. First Grade - Saturday: New Norfolk I v Old Beach at Tynwald Park. Second grade - Saturday: Gretna I v Marquis Tigers at Gretna; Molesworth I v Richmond/ Cambridge at Richmond. Third Grade - Sunday: New Norfolk II v Old Beach at Tynwald Park. Fourth Grade - Saturday: Bothwell I v St Aidans at Pontville Park (Thompson Oval); Gretna II v Hobart at Risdon Vale. Fifth Grade - Saturday: Bushy Park v St Annes at Bushy Park Showground; New Norfolk III v Lindisfarne at Lindisfarne Memorial Park, Oval No.2. Seventh Grade - Sunday: Bothwell II v Molesworth II at Boyer Oval.
SCA Women's Competition. New Norfolk matches Gala Day — Rounds 1 to 4. Round 1 (November 18): New Norfolk v St Annes at Cadbury Oval No.1, 9am start. Round 2: New Norfolk v Wellington at Cadbury Oval No.2,. 11.15am start.
Hurricanes Junior League: There were no junior matches played due to the Australia v South Africa match at Blundstone Arena Bellerive on Sunday. The next games will be listed on MyCricket.com this week.