There is no better feeling in sport than winning as a team, especially when it’s your first win! And that’s what happened to the New Norfolk Stage Two team on Wednesday evening.
After joining the Stage Two competition last season the team has come very close to victory on a number of occasions, so the win was a very well-earned reward.
Congratulations to all players, coach Loucas Stott, who also got his first win, and captain Callan Barry, great work guys!
New Norfolk I have signalled to the rest of the first grade teams that they are every bit keen to take out a three-peat of premierships when they accounted for Wellington easily by six wickets.
Playing at Eady St, New Norfolk brought up their fourth win and third in a row with a excellent all round performance.
The home team won the toss and batted, making 120 from 41.5 overs.
The small total was brought about from some superb bowling from the Redcaps, in particular Jye Lester and Jeremy Nichols who shared eight wickets between them.
Lester picked up the first three batsmen and finished with 8.5 overs, two maidens 4-26 while Nichols sent down 10 overs, one maiden, 4-36. Josh Rowlands gave nothing with his 10 overs taking 1-19 which included four maidens.
Blake Kemmler had a great time in the field taking four of the six catches. Chasing the small total, New Norfolk finished 4/123 from 32 overs. Getting their team off to a great start, openers Mathew Bowden 29 (52) three fours and Harry Booth 36 (57) with six fours put on a 68 opening stand.
Jordan Banks-Smith made 12 (40), three fours, while Cody Neads who has been amongthe runs of late remained 32 not out from just 21 deliveries with two fours. New Norfolk remain on top of the ladder.
GRETNA I made it back-to-back wins when they easily accounted for Montagu Bay by 148 runs at Geilston Bay. Winning the toss, the Sharks sent Gretna into bat who made 10/204 from 41.4 overs.
Captain Brad Wallis and Corey Ransley, who are working well together as new openers this season, put on 58. Wallis made 21 (24), four fours, and Ransley, who wasted no deliveries, made 46 from just 28 balls which included an entertaining eight fours and two sixes.
At first drop Rhys Browning made 20 (30).
Trent Grant, who had a top day, made 24 (35). At seven, Richard Graham made a well compiled 45 from 56 balls with six fours and one six.
At nine, Ross Langford put on a handy 23 (44). In the run chase, the home side had no answers for the Gretna bowlers and were bowled out for just 56 off 23.2 overs.
The main destroyer was Trent Grant who picked up career best figures of 6-32 from 10 overs including five of the top six batsman.
After doing it with the bat, Corey Ransley was again on fire with the ball sending down 10 overs taking 3-14 with three maidens.
After a great game, a big congratulations goes to Gretna player Corey Ransley who played his 250th match for Gretna I on Saturday.
In the other match, cross-town rivals New Norfolk and Molesworth battled it out at Tynwald Park on Saturday. Going into the game without a win New Norfolk would start as underdogs to their neighbours who were undefeated this far.
But this all soon changed after the Redcaps batted first and made 10/240 from 44.1 overs and then bowled Molesworth out 18 runs shy from 49.2 overs.
For the home team, Rohan Heron was unlucky not to reach triple figures made an excellent 99 from just 87 deliveries.
Heron belted 13 fours and four sixes putting on 48 with fellow opener Troy Smith who kept the run rate going with 26 (13) with four fours.
Heron then shared a 53-run partnership with Mitchell Crosswell 32 (35) with three fours and one six. Then a further 89 with Shaun Fenton 22 (45) two fours.
At nine, Janie Maddox made 18 (24) and Josh Dykes remained 11 not out from 13 balls.
For Molesworth Aaron Newbon was easily the pick of the bowlers sending down 9.1 overs, one maiden and taking his best ever figures of 6-50.
Newbon who didn’t come on until the 27th over and went for 15 in his first then changed things up and picked up four of the top six Redcaps batsman.
Opener Daniel Coppleman took 2-59 (10). Brayden Hodge was economical with 1-26 (8) and Sam Triffitt 1-34 (7).
In reply Molesworth gave it everything to keep their winning run in tact, but just fell short.
Opener Brayden Hodge, who has 168 runs in the 50-over format so far, made 52 from 81 deliveries hitting five fours snd two sixes.
Fellow opener Daniel Coppleman made 24 (10) and Sam Percy made a patient 27 (73).
But as he always does in most occasions, Brad Coppleman at number five lifted the run rate, smashing 92 from just 54 balls, clubbing 78 runs in boundaries with six fours and nine sixes.
When the explosive batsman was out with score on 6/206 things dropped off and the visitors were bowled out 16 runs later.
Of the home team bowlers, opener Mitch Crosswell was tidy with 3-30 from his 10 with two maidens.
Troy Smith collected 2-58 (8).
David Mitchelmore 2-36 (8) two maidens. Josh Dykes 1-36 (8.2) and other opener Tyler Benson 1-39 (5).
BOTHWELL I remain undefeated after they easily accounted for Richmond/ Cambridge by nine wickets at Bothwell.
The Lions, who won the toss and elected to bat, were bowled out for 83 from 32 overs.
The small total was was due to the excellent bowling of Josh Eyles who captured 5-28 from his 10 overs. Matthew Eyles was his usual best taking 2-12 (5).
In reply, Bothwell needed just 9.5 overs to chase down the target finishing 1/85.
After dismantling the Lions with the ball, Josh Eyles then did it with the bat in an great all round performance belting 48 not out from just 28 deliveries, hitting one four and four sixes.
Brother and captain Cody Eyles was not mucking around either with 31 from 17 with one four and two sixes
GRETNA II made it back to back wins when they defeated the Knights by three wickets at Gretna on Saturday.
After winning the toss the visitors chose to bat and made 9/135 from their allotted 50 overs.
For Gretna Adam Browning was the pick of the bowlers taking 3-27 from 10 overs with two maidens. Dylan Grant gave good support from his nine overs finishing with tidy figures of 2-23 with two maidens. Josh Whitford was equally as good from his 10 overs with 2-25.
In reply Gretna got the job done finishing 7/136 from 41.3 overs.
For the home team it was the man some thought was past it at 59 years of age, but those who know Brian Smith well knows he is a fighter and his 42 from 111 deliveries with five well struck fours was a little reminder that he still loves his cricket.
The evergreen Smith put on 55 with first drop Dylan Grant who made a patient 13 (49), one four.
Josh Whitford made 14 from 20 (one four) and Simranpreet Singh 15 (20), one six.
Congratulations to Jackson Ackerly who played his 100th match for Gretna II.
New Norfolk III went close to their first win when they went down to University by just 16 runs at Risdon Vale.
Batting first, University hit up the defendable score of 10/183 from 43.1 overs. Adam Pearce was the pick of the bowlers for the Redcaps taking 3-18 from 6.1 overs.
Next best was Luke Jarvis 2-33 from his 10 overs while fellow opener Brad Kemmler took 1-11 off 5 overs in a tight spell with three maidens.
In the run chase for New Norfolk, Luke Jarvis showed great form with a excellent half century making 57 from just 48 balls, including 50 from boundaries, hitting 11 fours and one six.
Beau Kline, also with a entertaining innings, made 41 from just 29 deliveries, regularly finding the boundary with seven fours and one six.
New Norfolk finished 10/167 from 38.5 overs