Glenorchy's Brad Absolom starred in his 150th 1st Grade match for the club, helping secure a final ball win against North Hobart to ensure the Magpies remain undefeated after the opening weekend of Twenty20 action.
North Hobart won the toss and elected to bat first, securing a healthy 5/122 on the back of another strong opening effort from Tigers rookie Caleb Jewell (45 off 42). Some late striking from captain Alex Pyecroft (27 from 19) and Kyle Scrimegour (18 off 12) pushed the target out to what is typically a winning score in the early rounds of the competition. The Magpies shared the bowling efforts with four individual wicket takers, Simon Palmer the most economical with 1/19 from his four overs.
At 4/65 at the end of the 11th over, the Magpies hopes of an undefeated start to the season looked gone but in his 150th game, Brad Absolom (49*) was partnered by returning veteran and captain Nathan Matthews (21*). The pair steadily built an innings adding a further 20 runs in the following four overs before taking 10 runs off the 16th. With four overs remaining they required a 27 runs, 10 runs off the 19th over left eight to get from the final over bowled by Pyecroft. Having scored a single, two twos, a leg bye and another single, scores were tied with one ball left. Matthews managed a single off the final ball to secure an unlikely victory for the Magpies.
A fitting way for Absolom to celebrate his 150th 1st Grade match for the club.
On day one the Magpies defeated Clarence at Kangaroo Bay Oval. Matthews starred with the ball as the Magpies were again made to field first. In his first game back for the club, Matthews took 2/16 from four overs at the end of the Roos innings, removing the dangerous Wade Irvine and Cameron Stevenson to ensure that the total was kept in hand at 6/103. Liam Devlin was the best of the Roos batters, scoring 29 albeit from 48 deliveries. Jordan Banks-Smith also taking multiple wickets claiming 2/26 from four overs.
Another returning Magpie, this time with the bat, proved the difference. Richie Dilger carrying his bat in the Magpies chasing scoring 68 from 63 deliveries including five boundaries and one six. He was ably assisted by brother Matt Dilger (28*) to secure the inning runs in the 18th over with 8 wickets in hand.
Defending Twenty20 Premiers New Town also secured a win on day one, in a scrappy affair against Lindisfarne. New recruit Joshua Doyle top scored opening the batting for the Bucks with 32 and together with Jake Hancock (15) had the Bucks strongly poised at 0/58 but with the dismissal of Hancock, the innings fell apart. Captain Luke Shelton adding 26 to ensure that the Bucks still had something to defend, finishing 8/99. It was the debutants who starred with the ball for the Lightning. Nathan Ellis one to watch throughout the season with his pace netting him 3/14 from 4 overs while Tasmanian underage representative Jarrod Freeman claimed 2/12 from four overs. The Lightning lost a wicket without a run on the board and it was only the experienced Matthew Dance (37) who put up a fight before the Lightning finished 8/88.
Kingborough defeated University in round one by 3 wickets, chasing down the Lions 8/91 in 18.2 over while North Hobart defeated SHSB in the Grand Final replay by 5 runs.
Kingborough were the only other side to remain undefeated after the opening two rounds, accounting for New Town in round two. Batting first, the Knights through Riley Backhouse (21 from 15), Nathan Freitag (44 not out from 43) and Alex Vincent (39 from 32) managed 5/136 from their allotted overs to put themselves in a strong position. Tigers rookie Aaron Summers be key wicket taker for the Bucks with 3/27 from four overs. Hancock (43) put the Bucks in the game but while most managed to get a start, no other batter was really able to break the shackles which was required to reel in the target. The Bucks ultimately fell 14 short finishing 5/122, Clive Rose claiming 2/15 from his four overs and a run out.
In other day two matches, Mattie McKiernan returned from England to feature with both bat and ball for SHSB to help the Sharks to a comprehensive 46-run win over Clarence, keeping the Roos winless in the opening weekend. A similar story for University who also bounced back on day two to defeat Lindisfarne, thanks largely to Ben Hilfenhaus.
Round 1North Hobart 5/124(cc) (C Jewell 50; H Kingston 2/18, W Thompson 2/27) def South Hobart Sandy Bay 8/119 (H Nichols 62*; A Pyecroft 3/23, K Scrimegour 2/14, R Macmillan 2/16);
New Town 8/99(cc) (J Doyle 32; N Ellis 3/14, L Doran 2/6, J Freeman 2/12) def Lindisfarne 8/88 (M Dance 37; N Wegman 3/10, R Lees 3/19);
Glenorchy 2/109(cc) (R Dilger 68*; C Stevenson 2/9) def Clarence 6/103(cc) (N Matthews 2/16, J Banks-smith 2/26);
Kingborough 7/93(cc) (J Laraman 2/10, A Perrin 2/12) def University of Tasmania 8/91(cc) (C Rose 3/18, T Martyn 2/14, N Buchanan 2/16);
Glenorchy 4/123 (B Absolom 49*) def North Hobart 5/122(cc) (C Jewell 45);
University of Tasmania 7/89 (L Doran 4/8) def Lindisfarne 9/88(cc) (G Kerr 3/9, M Shinwari 3/22, B Hilfenhaus 2/6);
South Hobart Sandy Bay 5/131(cc) (M Mckiernan 43*, S Willis 32; J Hickey 2/17) def Clarence 9/85(cc) (G Bell 3/12, M Mckiernan 3/19, H Kingston 2/11);
Kingborough 5/136(cc) (N Freitag 44*, A Vincent 39; A Summers 3/27) def New Town 5/122 (J Hancock 43);