Play­ers feel the heat

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - SPORT -

HOT and hu­mid con­di­tion her­alded the re­sump­tion of South­ern Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion matches at the week­end af­ter a two-week Christ­mas break.

Let’s take a look at how Round 8 un­folded. NEW Nor­folk I did its fi­nals prospects no harm, pick­ing up two bonus points with a big eight-wicket win over bot­tom­placed Mon­tagu Bay.

Play­ing at Geil­ston Bay, the Red Caps sent the Sharks in to bat and in 27.3 overs had the home team bun­dled out for just 92.

Only five bowlers were needed, with Josh Row­lands and Ben Smith both tak­ing three wick­ets each. Row­lands fin­ished with 3-9 off just 3.3 overs and Smith 3-20 (6).

Captain Ja­son Rigby cap­tured both open­ers, fin­ish­ing 2-19 from eight overs in a very good spell, while Josh Dykes did well also with 1-24 (7).

In re­ply, New Nor­folk took just 14.1 overs to get the job done, fin­ish­ing 2-93.

Harry Booth didn’t muck around hit­ting eight fours in his top-scor­ing ses­sion of 40 not out. Jake King re­mained on 20 not (two fours) and opener Seb Wishart made 12 with two fours. GRETNA I went down to the Knights at the small Collinsvale Oval by 41 runs.

Win­ning the toss and bat­ting first, the home side was go­ing well at 2-93 but were pegged back to end up with 9-227 af­ter 50 overs.

Craig Cun­ning­ham with 2-24 (10), Jack­son Ack­erly with 2-28 (10) and Zac Cross­well with 2-12 (3) were the main wicket tak­ers.

In re­ply, Gretna got off to a bad start when opener Glenn Black­well was run out for a di­a­mond duck.

Soon af­ter they were 3-14 and then 4-45. A part­ner­ship of 65 be­tween Rhys Brown­ing with 41 from 47 balls (four fours, two sixes) and Luke Cross­well with 29 (four fours) stead­ied the ship, but from there the vis­i­tors lost reg­u­lar wick­ets and were bowled out for 186 off 36.3 overs.

Other run scor­ers were Craig Cun­ning­ham with 28 from 33 balls (five fours), Jack­son Ack­erly with 24 from 23 balls (four fours) and Mathew Burns with 19 from 11 balls, hit­ting four fours.

In the other match, Molesworth I lost to Rich­mond/ Cam­bridge by five wick­ets at Rich­mond.

Win­ning the toss and send­ing Molesworth in to bat, the vis­i­tors lost quick wick­ets and were 3-20, but then a 64-run stand be­tween Brad Cop­ple­man with 50 runs (three fours, four sixes) and Josh Rans­ley with 24 (four fours) lifted spir­its.

But wick­ets then fell reg­u­larly again and they were bowled out for 162 off 49.3 overs. At num­ber nine, Jeremy Ni­chols showed fight with 21 not out (two fours) and Khan Stokes made 16 (two fours).

In re­ply the home team reached the re­quired runs. fin­ish­ing 5-164 from 38 overs.

Molesworth used nine bowlers in the very hot con­di­tions. Shayne Up­ton was the main wicket taker with 3-14 (3) while Brad Cop­ple­man has a good day with both bat and ball, tak­ing 2-24 (8). NEW Nor­folk II was de­feated by MacKil­lop Beltas by 38 runs at Tyn­wald Park on Satur­day.

Bat­ting first, the vis­i­tors posted the good score of 8-214 from their 50 overs.

Jamie Mad­dox cap­tured 4-49 from nine overs, Graeme Row­lands took 2-34 (8) and Cody Neads 1-21 (7). There was one run out.

In re­ply, the Red Caps were dis­missed for 176 from 43 overs.

Leigh Berry bat­ted well for 37, hit­ting five fours and one six. Jar­rod Brown­ing also did well with 34 (five fours). Jye

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