Players feel the heat
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