The top four sees a shift after last weekend’s matches, with Lindisfarne dropping out of semi-finals contention for the time being. With two regular season games remaining, the pressure is on teams to consolidate their finals positions, or make a last ditch run at a semi-final berth come March 10th.
Clarence put on a dominant display at Kangaroo Bay Oval against the visiting South Hobart / Sandy Bay side, the Roos winning the toss and sending the Sharks in to bat. Natalie Pearce starred for the Clarence bowling attack, with figures of 2/13 as SHSB limped to a total of 7/104 thanks to some solid batting by Beth Bodd (34) and Lisa Astell (23 not out). Lisa Astell and Beth Schiwy managed a wicket apiece for the SHSB bowling lineup but were undone by an unbeaten 61 from 57 deliveries by Emma Thompson, and a gutsy performance by Belinda A Grant (31). With the win, Clarence jump into fourth position on the table and sit within reach of third with two rounds remaining.
After winning the toss and opting to bat first, table leaders University wasted no time in setting a solid score for home side Lindisfarne to chase at Lindisfarne Oval. Having only dropped one game this season in the T20 format, Ashley Day (54) and Maddison Blazely (23 not out) continued the club’s form with some explosive and impressive batting. Kim E Doran was the only one to make a dent with the ball for the home side, taking 2/28 as University finished with figures of 5/126. With a daunting task ahead of them, Lindisfarne failed to make a start against the favourites, Paris Crowe posting 25 to sop score for the home side as Sophie Parkin took figures of 3/11 with the ball for Uni, Lindisfarne falling short of the required total, 7/68 at the end of play. University retain their spot at the top of the ladder with the win, while Lindisfarne slide out of the top four and find themselves in the thick of the pressure with only two games yet to play.
In a game that they were expected to win, third placed Kingborough traveled to KGV to face bottom side Glenorchy on Sunday. Winning the toss and deciding to bat first, the home side struggled to get going with the bat, Samantha Roberts top scoring with 29 as some masterful bowling by Nikki Carter (2/12) and Leah Wierenga (2/11) held Glenorchy to a total of 7/83. Kingborough came out swinging in response, an unbeaten 25 by Alyssa Small and 12 from Rachael Styles leading the Knights to victory (2/83), Thomasa Corrie the pick of the Glenorchy bowlers with figures of 2/17. Kingborough firm up their position at third on the ladder with the victory and keep alive their chances at knocking off North Hobart in second spot in the weeks remaining.
After sending the home side in to bat in a display of confidence, New Town couldn’t make inroads against an immaculate North Hobart batting order at the TCA Ground. Emily Mifsud took the only wicket for the visitors as Stefanie G Daffara smashed 103 from 62 deliveries and Belinda Page finished with an unbeaten 43 from 35 to post an intimidating total of 1/193 for the Bucks to chase down. The sixth placed side proved to be not up to the task ahead, Emily Mifsud posting the highest score for the side with 8 runs, the visitors falling 8/55 to the second placed Demons. Jayde Davis (2/12) and Beth Langston (2/5) starred for the North Hobart bowling attack, as they retain second place on the ladder and sit within striking distance of top placed University.