Detail First Premier League Men’s Round 19 Review
The first day of a two-day split round delivered some exciting cricket, with teams making the most of players returning from Big Bash competition to elevate their finals chances leading in to the final few rounds of the season.
Highlights of the University v New Town match at University came from the bowling attack of both sides, with ten wickets falling in the first day of play. University sent the visitors in to bay, knocking them over in 35 overs thanks to some outstanding bowling by Joel J Logan, who took figures of 6/11. However, the bucks proved to be just as deadly with the ball, Andrew Kealy the only batsmen to get away with 43 not out as Ryan A Lees (5/47) and Tawanda Mupariwa (5/28) tore through the University lineup, sending them back in the field with 10/90. Day two promises to be just as exciting, New Town currently 3/49 in their second innings.
In a 2018 Grand Final Replay North Hobart chose to bat first at Kangaroo Bay Oval, though struggled to get away early losing Caleb Jewell for 8 and Jake R Doran for 4. Nicholas Davis high scored for the Demons with 42 as returning Big Bash bowler Sam Rainbird (5/44) tore through the tail end to hold the visitors to 9/185. However, Clarence failed to fare any better with the bat, 3 wickets to Thomas S Rogers and 2 to Kade Applebee holding the home side to 7/79 at the end of the days play.
In the most exciting innings of the weekend, Glenorchy sent the visitors in to bat at KGV Oval but were blown away by a strengthened Kingborough side. Clive Rose knocked a steady 57 off 125, but it was Dylan Hay who stole the show on Saturday, 103 not out, as Kingborough finished the day 7/327 and are no doubt looking for a first innings victory and a cheap knock over of the Glenorchy side. The pick of the bowlers included James Bowen (2/27), Farzan Raja (2/71) and Ashan Mirza (2/40).
South Hobart / Sandy Bay made the trip to Launceston on Saturday to take on Greater Northern at Invermay Park, sending in the home side to bat and holding them to all out for 176. Rhys French top scored for the Raiders with 41 before being run out by Matthew Clark, while Kyle Wisniewski was the pick of the SHSB bowlers with figures of 4/31. The visitors got off to a steady start, currently 1/63 after 22 overs, Harry Nichols and Sean Willis not out on 39 and 15 respectively.
Women’s Round 13 Review
With only one round remaining in the season before finals commence on March 10th, University and North Hobart have both locked in finals positions while Lindisfarne and Clarence continue to drop in and out of the top four, that final semi-finals position all hanging on the final T20 match for the regular season.
Table leaders University hosted Kingborough at University Oval in what was expected to be a comfortable victory for the home side. After being sent in to bat, Louise Maddock was quick to post some runs on the board, top scoring for Uni with 55 off 54 deliveries. The favourites managed to keep their batting order intact, losing only four wickets as they posted a total of 104 from their 20 overs. Kingborough, though hoping for an upset, failed to reach the required target, falling just short as Bonnie H Davies top scored with 29 to help her side to final figures of 7/103. Clare Scott starred for the Uni bowling attack, with figures of 2/12.
In a match that they needed to win to keep their finals hopes alive, Lindisfarne took on New Town at Lindisfarne Oval in what proved to be a tightly fought contest. The bucks won the toss and elected to bat first, Emily Mifsud posting 44 from 44 deliveries and Emma Manix-Geeves smashing 56 from 40 balls to help New Town to a total of 4/130. Kim E Doran was the pick of the Lindisfarne bowlers, 2/9. Paris Crowe came out swinging for the home side, top scoring with a well fought 53 off 51 as a more consistent batting attack reached the required runs with only a ball to spare. Emily Mifsud starred with the ball as well as the bat, taking 2/15 in her sides narrow loss. Lindisfarne now sit fourth on the table coming in to the final round of T20 competition.
South Hobart / Sandy Bay traveled to KGV Oval to face Glenorchy on Sunday, sending the home side in to bat in a show of confidence. Sandra Eaton and Thomasa Corrie top scored for the home side with 29 and 28 runs respectively, however could only manage to get their team to final figures of 5/92 in their allotted overs. This was in part due to some superb bowling from Beth Schiwy who came away with figures of 2/11. It was a team effort on behalf of the visitors that got them over the line, each player contributing low scores with the bat. Samantha Roberts (2/16) and Thomasa Corrie (2/20) did their best with the ball for Glenorchy, however couldn’t halt the visitors from achieving the required runs with 2.5 overs to spare.
North Hobart hosted Clarence at the TCA Ground in a match that Clarence needed to win to solidify their chances of a semi-finals berth in March. Winning the toss and electing to bat, the Demons posted a solid total of 6/137 thanks to some heavy hitting by Hannah Short (43 not out) and minor contributions by the rest of the team. Natalie Pearce and Megan Murray were the best of the Clarence bowlers, with figures of 2/22 and 2/23 respectively. In response Clarence lost opener Emma Thompson cheaply, run out for 20 and from there saw a collapse in the batting, only managing 64 as they were all out within 16.4 overs. Kendylle J Byers was the best of the North Hobart bowling attack, taking 2/12 in the Demons comfortable victory.