Men’s 50-over matches
FIRST GRADE: A very good all-round performance from the in-form Matthew Bowden and a quickfire half-century from Cody Neads got New Norfolk I back on the winners list with a seven-wicket win over Montagu Bay at Tynwald Park at the weekend. The Red Caps captain took 3-7 from just 4.1 overs and took three catches as his team bowled out the visitors for 178 off 44.1 overs. Next, with the bat, Bowden hit up a very good 72 not out from 97 deliveries, including six 4s and two 6s. He shared a 50-run stand with opener Seb Wishart 28 and then 93 with the dashing Cody Neads who belted an excellent 51no from 36 deliveries. Neads, like his captain, found the boundary regularly, hitting six 4s and one 6 and the pair got New Norfolk to victory finishing 3/180 from 34.4 overs. Aaron Drew made 20 from 21. Jason Rigby bowled very well, sending down nine overs and taking 3-18. Richard Graham took 2-51 (10) and Seb Wishart 1-31 (10).
SECOND GRADE: Gretna I hosted Molesworth I and made it back-to-back wins with a 19-run victory. Batting first, the home side didn’t get off to a good start, losing last week's centurion Zac Crosswell with the first ball. Craig Cunningham steadied things with 47 with four 4s and one 6, and put on 53 with Rhys Browning 24 (36). Mathew Burns made 39, Trent Grant 29 and Todd Jarvis 21no and Gretna finished 9/215 from its 50 overs. In reply, Molesworth, with a number of players out, was bowled out just short, finishing 10/194 off 48 overs. After bowling well and taking 3-32 (10) and taking a great catch, the in-form Brad Ransley gave his all to get his team over the line with an excellent and entertaining 85 from 103 deliveries, hitting six 4s and four 6s. Gretna’s Jamie Duggan with with 9.1 overs bowled very well to finish with a game high 5-43 including the important wicket of Ransley. Captain Jackson Ackerly took 2-26 (7.1). Other run scorers for Molesworth were Nick Piuselli in his first match for the season, 27, and stand-in captain Daniel Coppleman who made 22.
New Norfolk II recorded its first loss of the 50-over roster when it went down to the Knights in a close one by just two wickets at Collinsvale. Winning the toss and batting, the Red Caps made the good score of 10/238 from 48.4 overs. In reply, the home side chased down the runs with just one over to spare, finishing 8/242 off 49 overs. With the bat for New Norfolk, Chris Ashcroft at number three made a very good 60 from just 68 deliveries, hitting nine well-struck 4s and two 6s. Stewart Rice made a quickfire 42 from 26 deliveries, hitting five 4s and three 6s. Jordon Gittus at number eight put together a well-made 40 from 66 (four 4s, one 6) and Nathan Rice made 28 (four 4s). Stewart Rice was the best of the bowlers with 2-16 (10) with three maidens.
FOURTH GRADE: Bothwell I made it three wins on the trot with a comfortable eight-wicket win over Montagu Bay at Geilston Bay. The home side won the toss and elected to bat, but was soon bowled-out for 88 off 34.2 overs. All the Bucks bowlers played well, in particular Simon Eyles who captured 3-3 from four overs with two maidens. Opener Josh Eyles took 2-13 (6.2), Brock Nichols 2-16 (7) and Mark Pearce was very tight with 1-16 (9) with three maidens. In reply, the Bucks did it comfortably finishing 2/92 off 19.2 overs. Openers Mark Pearce 32 (three 4s) and Joey Eyles 20 from 23 (two 4s) put on a 57-run stand while Matthew Eyles 18no from 18 (two 4s, one 6) and Nathan Eyles 10no from 10, finished off the match.
FIFTH GRADE: At the North Warrane Oval in a close one, Gretna needing 11 to win off the last over, lost by five runs. Winning the toss and batting first, Derwent made 8/198 off its 50 overs. Bailey Wheeler, who has been in great form with the ball, captured three of the top five batsmen to finish with 4-23 off 10 overs in another excellent spell. Jake Campbell took 1-27 (10). In reply, Gretna gave it a great shake finishing 9/193 off 50 overs. Opener Ben Rainbird batted well making 60 from 74 deliveries including seven 4 and one 6. Josh Whitford also did well, making a good 45 from 49 balls and hitting four 4s. Bailey Wheeler had a good game and kept the tail wagging, remaining 15no from 15 deliveries with one 4. Well done to Andrew Hack who played his first match for Gretna since November 8, 2003.
In a low-scoring match at Tynwald Park, New Norfolk II lost its third match in as many weeks when it went down to Claremont by seven wickets. Batting first the Red Caps were bowled out for a very low score, finishing 9/60 off 20.2 overs. Captain Nathan Heron top-scored with 16. In reply, the visitors easily chased down the small target, finishing 1/64 off just 7.2 overs. Nathan Heron was the wicket taker with 1-29 (4).
SEVENTH GRADE: A blistering 90no from Jack Evans guided Molesworth II to its second straight victory when it defeated an undermanned Campania by seven wickets on Sunday. Chasing 137 for victory and coming in at 1 for 1, Evans belted the ball to all parts of the big Boyer Oval, hitting eight 4s and three 6s with his 90 coming off just 62 deliveries. Shayne Upton made 13 and last week's hero Larry Menzie was again there at the end and made 13no. Molesworth finished 3/138 off just 17.2 overs. Earlier with the ball, Brayden Hodge took 2-31 (8) and all rounder Jack Evans 1-24 off 6.2. Campania, with only eight players, made 7/136 off 30.2 overs.
They say low scores are at times hard to get and at Campania this couldn’t be any truer. In a low scoring and close affair, Bothwell II made it three wins in a row with a 17-run win over Montagu Bay. Winning the toss and batting, the Bucks were bowled out for just 95 off 22 overs. They lost regular wickets, but it was Andrew Rolls at number nine who stood tall and put together a very valuable and in the end match-winning 29. Opener Blake Eyles made 12 as did Shayne Wood and Dylan Branch 8. In reply, the Sharks - chasing what should have been a more than gettable target - were totally outplayed and dismissed for 78 off 29.4 overs. This was due to some excellent bowling from the Bucks, in particular Peter Hansch who sent down 7.4 overs capturing 4-14 in a terrific spell. Just as good was opener Jorden Conley who from eight overs took the good figures of 3-20. Nathan White 1-14 (7) and Troy Branch in his first match of the season took 1-2 (1). A very good win for Bothwell II.
Men’s Round 5
All matches start at 10.30am
Saturday: New Norfolk I v Sorell at Tynwald Park.
Saturday: Gretna I v Richmond/Cambridge at Gretna; Molesworth I v Derwent at Clarence High School.; New Norfolk II v MacKillop Belta’s at North Warrane Oval.
Sunday: Bothwell I v Hobart at Bothwell.
Sunday: Gretna II v Lindisfarne at Gretna; New Norfolk III v Sorell at Tynwald Park.
Sunday: Bothwell II v Wellington at Eady St Oval No.1; Molesworth II v St Virgil’s at Boyer Oval.