DESPITE the rain washing out two matches, we did get a good amount of cricket over the weekend.
Most grounds are still pretty water logged and it’s no surprise as this spring has been very wet, in fact it’s been the wettest since 1953. Let’s see how things panned out around the grades.
In a replay of last season’s grand final, Old Beach turned the tables on New Norfolk with a 179-run thumping at Tynwald Park.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, the Bushrangers posted 10/284 off 48.3 overs.
It was to much for the Red caps line up which finished 9/105 off 29 overs with captain Jason Rigby not batting due to injuring his back.
Opener Matthew Bowden top-scored with 28 (22) which included five fours.
Blake Kemmler made 19 (25), two fours, while Harry Booth was next best with 15 from 27 and Thomas Briscoe 14 (15).
With the ball earlier, Matthew Bowden took 3-26 from 4.3 overs.
Jye Lester, one of the opening bowlers, finished with tidy figures of 2-23 (10) which included four maidens. Josh Rowlands 2-58 (10).
After last week’s loss, Gretna I recorded their first win in the 50-over rosters with a good eight wicket win over New Norfolk II.
The visitors won the toss and elected to bat and after 36 overs the Redcaps were bowled out for 97. Keeping the opposition to the smallish total, paceman Aaron Maddox took 3-21 from eight overs.
Ross Langford sent down six overs with two maidens taking 3-31 while Zac Crosswell took two of the top three batsman taking 2-21 (5).
And like he always does, spinner Craig Cunningham gave nothing at all sending down seven overs to finish with the very tidy figures of 1-6 with three maidens.
Although Corey Ransley didn’t take a wicket, he finished with 0-13 from 10 with five maidens.
For New Norfolk, Stewart Rice contributed well playing a lone hand hitting three sixes and two fours on his way to a well made 40 from just 42 balls.
Opener Troy Smith was the only other to reach double figures with 10 (13), one six.
Chasing the runs, Gretna didn’t get off to the best start losing two wickets with the score on just nine.
But from here it was Corey Ransley and Aaron Maddox who put on a match-winning 89-run partnership seeing their team home 2/98 from 26.3 overs.
Ransley, who has began the season as an opener, struck four sixes and two fours to remain 59 not out from 80 deliveries.
Partner-in-crime in Maddox made a very patient 18 not out (63).
Wicket takers for the visitors were openers Mitchell Crosswell 1-13 (4) and Josh Nichols with 1-17 (7) in a good spell.
In the other match between Molesworth I and Richmond/ Cambridge was a washout.
The match between Bothwell I and Rokeby at Clarendon Vale was a wash out.
Playing at Lindisfarne on Saturday, New Norfolk II went down to the home team by nine wickets.
Batting first, the Redcaps were bowled out for 129 off 36 overs.
Captain Aaron Triffitt top scored with a well-put-together 39 from 50 balls, striking five fours.
Adam Pearce at seven made 20 with one four.
Beau Kline at six made a patient 21 (50) and opener Jack Evans 14.
Chasing down the runs, the home team lost just one wicket finishing 1/130 from 24.2 overs.
The wicket taker for the Redcaps was opener Jack Evans 1-37 (4).
Congratulations to Liam Maw and Logan Hunt who made their senior debuts with the Redcaps.
Both players have been doing very well with the Under 15’s and deserved the opportunity.
On Sunday at North Warrane Oval, Gretna II missed a good opportunity to build a good total when they went down to MacKillop by five wickets.
Winning the toss and batting, Gretna got off to a great start with their openers putting on 61.
Captain Todd Jarvis made 40 from 47 deliveries which included four nice fours.
At the other end, Trent Grant made 33 (70) with two fours in a very good knock.
When both batsman were out the score was 2/78 and the wheels feel off for Gretna, losing 8/26 to be all out for 104 from 38.5 overs.
Defending the small total, Trent Grant bowled his heart out taking 4-33 from his 10 overs in a fantastic spell.
But the home side reached the total from 25.5 overs finishing 5/108.
Congratulations to Louis Meere on playing his first game for Gretna.
OnSunday Molesworth II suffered their second loss in as many weeks going down to Montagu Bay at Boyer Oval by five wickets.
Being sent into bat, the home side made 10/97 off 34.1 overs.
At number eight, Ben Triffett held things together top scoring with 24 (27) in 41 minutes hitting one four and one six.
Opener Hayden Nichols made a concentrated 18 (60) with one four.
Nathan Wakefield made 14 from 57 while his brother Nick Wakefield made 10 (17). In the run chase the Sharks finished 5/101 from 23.3 overs.
Nathan Wakefield tried his hardest with the ball to keep his team in it taking 4-21 from six overs.
Aaron Newbon did his best also to keep the runs down sending down four overs to finish with 1-3.
In Round 2 of the the women’s roster, both matches were played at Tynwald Park on Sunday.
In the first, Bothwell went down to Wellington by six wickets.
Winning the toss and batting, Bothwell made 5/108 from its 20 overs.
Captain Melinda Green at number four lead from the front with an excellent 35 from 57 balls, with four fours and a six.
Keeper Jodi Hansch chipped in with a well-made 26 (38) with four fours.
In reply, the Warriors chased down the target from just 12.2 overs finishing 2/112.
Wicket takers for Bothwell were Brooke Fenton 1-11 (2.2) and Amity Booth 1-19 (2).
In the other match, New Norfolk were defeated by St Aidans by 42 runs.
After winning the toss and being sent in by the home team, the visitors made 7/124 from its 20 overs.
Bella Cree sent down three overs taking 2-11, captain Lisa East bowled four overs taking 2-22 while Leisa Pearce took 1-15 (3). Tara-Lee Pearce effected two run outs.
In reply, the Redcaps from their 20 overs made 6/83.
The experience Lisa East played a great innings making 27 from 20 deliveries with four boundaries.