WITH finals just around the corner, some of our teams have already guaranteed a spot, others have missed out, while others will have their fate decided during the last round of roster matches over the coming weekend.
Let’s see how it’s all going to pan out.
50 & 40 Over Matches
WITH a seven-wicket win over Claremont on Saturday, New Norfolk I have cemented second spot on the ladder and a double chance with just one round remaining.
Playing at Abbotsfield Park and sending the home team in, the Redcaps bowled the Magpies out for 174 from 43.4 overs.
Opener Jye Lester, who has taken 36 wickets at 7.92 thus far, picked up the first two batsman and finished with 4-29 off 7.4 overs in yet another great display of bowling.
Lester was well supported by his captain in Jason Rigby who claimed the next two and finished 3-29 off seven overs.
Seb Wishart 1-13 (3) and Thomas Briscoe collected one each as did opener Jeremy Nichols 1-43 (6).
In reply, New Norfolk showed great composure chasing down the target comfortably finishing 3/175 off 31 overs.
It wasn’t the ideal start, however, with Banks-Smith going with the score at 1/0.
But from then Seb Wishart with an excellent stand of 81 not out (84) and seven fours controlled the match sharing a 62-run stand with opener Harry Booth who contributed 23 (29) three fours, and then 87 with Nathan Rice who showed he has what it takes making a very good 46 (60) hitting seven fours and one six. Keeper Cody Neads smacked 17 not out from just 9 balls with four fours.
ALTHOUGH unable to make finals, New Norfolk II showed great fight with a thumping 174-run win over Montagu Bay at Tynwald Park.
Winning the toss and batting, the Redcaps hit 9/279 from their 50 overs.
Jake King and Leigh Berry 23 (41), two fours, put on a 52-run opening partnership getting the team off to a great start.
When Blake Kemmler joined King the pair then added a superb 148 to the total in what must have been a pleasure to watch.
When Kemmler went for a excellent 78 off just the 70 deliveries with 12 fours and one six, the score was 2/200.
Stuart Rice 36 (28), with three fours and two sixes, then joined king and the pair put on 50.
King who batted with freedom was unlucky not to reach his century when he was bowled for 98 from just the 107 deliveries.
King’s innings included 70 runs in boundaries consisting of 16 fours and one six.
In reply, the Sharks had no answer for the Redcaps attack being bowled out for just 105 from 35 overs. Stewart Rice in his 250th match in the SCA competition snared the first two wickets finishing with 2/29 (10) three maidens.
Nathan Eiszele picked up 2-40 (5) while Mitch Crosswell was at his stingiest best taking 1-9 (6) and opener Josh Farrow also very tight with 1-17 (7).
As mentioned, Stewart Rice played his 250th match while playing in the SCA since the club joined in 2008/09.
He has since scored 6594 runs at an average of 30.25 with a career top score of 324 not out in season 2013/14.
He has also taken 325 wickets at 18.49.
Rice has been a real stalwart for the New Norfolk Cricket Club since making his debut way back in season 1987/88. Well done Ricey.
At Richmond, Gretna I didn’t help their chances of cementing a spot in the top four when they went down to Richmond/Cambridge by four wickets on Saturday.
After being sent in, Gretna was in early trouble at 3/15.
But Trent Grant dug his heels in with a very solid and patient half century of 53 from 117 balls with seven well-guided fours.
Grant was well supported by Rhys Browning 27 (60), two fours.
At seven, Zac Crosswell contributed 31 (38) hitting five fours.
Gretna were all out for 153 from 47.3 overs. Chasing down the target, the home side were 6/66, but then recovered finishing 6/154 off 35 overs.
Corey Ransley, opening the bowling, took 3-35 (10) and Richard Graham finished with 3-48 (8).
The match at St Virgil’s, between Molesworth and the home team was abandoned.
I hear a burst pipe was the issue.
IN the match at Bothwell between Bothwell I and Old Beach, the home team were 6/84 off 20.2 overs when one of the Bothwell players had a medical issue and the match was called off.
ALTHOUGH they can’t make finals, New Norfolk III gave it their all against Sandford at Tynwald on Sunday. After sending the Demons into bat, the visitors capitalised, making 5/327 from their 50 overs.
Captain Nathan Heron was the best of the Redcaps bowlers with 2-19 (5). Michael Holloway was tidy also with 1-18 (5).
In reply, New Norfolk stayed in the hunt finishing very close at 9/311 from 47.2 overs in a match that saw 638 runs scored.
Opener Steve Sillifant made a career top score of 133 from just 124 deliveries.
Sillifant was right on song smacking 78 in boundaries with 18 fours and one six.
The in-form batsman put on 84 with Nathan Heron 35 (69), four fours, but his biggest partnership was with Adam Pearce when the two put on 122 together.
Pearce remained 61 not out from just 62 deliveries which included four fours and four sixes.
At Gretna on Saturday, it was the closest match of the round with Gretna II defeating Lindisfarne by one wicket in the last over of the match.
After being sent in by the home team, the visitors made 5/193 off their 50 overs.
Opener Jake Campbell who has been playing well of late took 2-27 (10).
Captain Todd Jarvis who had a great match claimed 2-42 (8) while Simranpreet Sing also did well with the ball taking 1-28 (10) with three maidens.
In reply, Gretna got off to a great start with openers Todd Jarvis and Brian Smith putting on a 110-run partnership, Jarvis leading from the front with 65 from 80 balls, including six fours and one sixes.
Smith, who for the second week running has been part of a century partnership, made 37 (72) striking two fours, his off side shots a pleasure to watch.
Jake Campbell fresh off his 99 last week made a valuable 23 (47).
When Campbell was out the score was 7/176 and the next wicket fell at 179.
With still plenty of overs remaining, Wade Gleeson joined Jordan Hastie and the pair got the score to 188 before Hastie was caught.
Then it was a nail-biting finish with four needed from the final over and a win needed to remain in finals contention.
Jessie Pregnell 2 (2) and Gleeson 5 (31) saw Gretna home with just one ball remaining. Congratulations to Adam “Piezy” Browning who played his 150th match for Gretna II. Piezy has now played 195 matches for the club.
AT Abbotsfield Park, Molesworth II had a hard day at the office when they went down to Claremont by 82 runs.
Winning the toss, the visitors sent the Magpies in who went on a rampage making 0/256 from their 40 overs.
In reply, Molesworth gave it a crack, but were bowled out after 35 overs making 174. Captain Ben Triffett put on a good display making 45 from just 40 balls, hitting six fours. Opener Nathan Wakefield was next best making 44 (69) with four fours.
Jack Evans hit 33 from 22 deliveries with five fours.
WITH a big eight-wicket win over Montagu Bay on Sunday, Bothwell II has secured top spot of the seventh grade ladder.
After winning the toss and batting at Bothwell, this would be the Sharks only win for the day as they were bundled out for just 68 off 21.4 overs.
Without a former Bucks player in Anthony Cengia at number 10 making 39 (34) the score could have been a lot worse.
Zac Wilcox was well on top with the ball for the home team capturing 4-15 off 5.4 overs.
Fellow opener Troy Branch cleaned up also with the tidy figures of 3-9 off just four overs.
Peter Hansch was his normal best taking 2-10 (4) while Michael Spaulding gave nothing away also taking 1-8 (5). Dylan Branch behind the stumps took three catches.
In reply, Bothwell got the job done from just 13.1 overs finishing 2/69.
Ashley Browning at first drop, who is getting closer to 400 runs for the season, made 30 not out from just 35 balls hitting four fours.
Opener and captain Joey Eyles made 16 from 11 with three fours.
Bothwell now play second-placed Wellington in the last roster match before finals.
ALL the best to the New Norfolk women’s team as they take on Wellington in the semi final on Sunday. The winner will take on the winner of St Aidan’s and Brighton in the grand final the following week. Women’s Semi Finals Sunday 27th February Wellington v New Norfolk at Eady St, 4:30pm Start. St Aidans v Brighton at Cambridge Oval, 2pm Start.
CONGRATULATIONS to U/15s boys player Liam Lowe who scored 52 not out from 112 deliveries with seven fours.
This was Liam’s third 50 for this season and he also picked up 1-41 (7).
Also well done to the Stage Two boys who, after winning their first match in this competition since entering last season, have now won five in a row.
Of their last win, Angus Fraser had a great match making 37 (24) with the bat, took 3-11 with the ball and also took three catches.
In the same match, Hudson Stott made 21 (25) and Ryan Jones 14 then Ryan took 1/13 and effected a run out and Hudson took 1/10.
A big well done to Rubee Burdon, Sha’Diamond Evans, Addysen Nossiter, Madeline Carmichael, Abbey Davidson and Rubi Bester who have been playing for both the stage one girls and the U/15 Girls teams and doing very well.
Lastly, well done also to Ayce Maddox 39 (27), Cooper Gleeson 33 (52) Bobby Nossiter 30 (32) on batting very well last Sunday against North Hobart.
Cooper Gleeson took 2-20 (4), Ayce 1-18 (3) and Bobby 2 catches as keeper.
Special mention to Jack Neads who hung around at the end with Cooper giving his team a chance making 11 not out (19).
HURRICANES JUNIOR LEAGUE
UNDER 13 Boys North Hobart 4/192 off 30 overs d. New Norfolk Redcaps 8/163 off 27.1 overs at Queens Walk Oval.
Batting: Ayce Maddox 39 (27). Cooper Gleeson 33 (52) Bobby Nossiter 30 (32). Noah Evans 18 (14). Jack Neads 11 not out (19). Chance Hyland 3 (6). Jude Bannister 2 (3). Zavier Lowry 2 (8).
Bowling: Cooper Gleeson 2-20 (4). Ayce Maddox 1-18 (3).
UNDER 15 Boys New Norfolk Red Caps 5/179 off 39.2 overs defeated Clarence Roos 5/178 off 40 overs Batting: Liam Lowe- 52* (112) 7 fours. Logan Hunt- 18 (22) 3 fours. Liam Maw- 18 (49) 2 fours. Loughlin Fraser- 11 (20) 1 four. Tyson Smith- 11* (22) 1 four. Haiden Smith- 10 (27) 1 four.
Bowling: Olivier Rhodes2/22 (6). Angus Fraser- 1/15 (3). Hamish Edwards- 1/16 (4). Liam Lowe- 1/41 (7). Fielding: Haiden Smith- 1 C. Logan Hunt- 1 C.
UNDER 15 Girls Tuesday February 15 Round 11 Lindisfarne 7/149 off 20 overs d. New Norfolk 8/115 off 20 overs at Tynwald Park.
Batting: Tara-Lee Pearce 26 (13). Heidi Davidson 16 not out (16). Bella Cree 14 (13).
Bowling: Bella Cree 2-22 (4). Rubee Burdon 1-6 (1). Sha’Diamond Evans 1-10 (2). Tara-Lee Pearce 1-19 (4). Fielding: Bella Cree 2 run outs. Rubee Burdon 1 catch. Heidi Davidson 1 catch.
Hurricanes Junior League Stage Two.
Wednesday February 16 at 5.15pm.
Round 11 New Norfolk Black 9/138 d Clarence Joeys 8/134 at Cloak Oval, Old Beach
Batting: Angus Fraser 37 (24) Hudson Stott 21 (25) Ryan Jones 14 (13) Reuben Stott 11 (30)
Bowling: James Conley 2/16 Ryan Jones 1/13 Angus Fraser 3/11 Hudson Stott 1/10
Hurricanes Junior League Stage One Girls
February 18 at 5.15pm Sorell Red 2/138 off 20 overs d. New Norfolk 6/55 off 20 overs at Tynwald Park. Batting: Abbey Davidson 5 (15). Addysen Nossiter 3 (15). Kaylie Crosswell 3 not out (11). Sha’Diamond Evans 2 (15). Rubi Bester 2 (15). Rubee Burdon 2 not out (17).
Bowling: Addysen Nossiter 1-16 (4).