University hosted New Town at University Oval, looking to claim the points to keep alive any hope of reaching the semi-finals next month. The hosts won the toss and sent the Bucks in to bat first, who looked in trouble early losing captain Hugh Williams and Jack Kessell for 4 and 5 runs respectively. The middle order tried to steady the ship, however could not stand strong against the ferocious bowling of Joel Logan who claimed 6 wickets for only 11 runs, tearing the middle order and the tail apart and holding the visitors to a score of 100 in their first innings. The home side looked to maintain their momentum with the bat, however also fell victim to some outstanding bowling. Andrew Kealy top scored for Uni with 43* however his teammates couldn’t manage to spend any time at the crease, as Ryan Lees (5-47) and Tawanda Mupariwa (5-28) knocked them over for 90.
The second innings of the Bucks seemed to be following the same trend as the first, with the opening batsmen falling early on. Joe Randall managed to hit a desperately needed 62, however the middle order and tail couldn’t manage to follow suit as Andrew Kealy (3-50) and Jack Bilson (2-18) were on song with the ball, knocking over the Bucks for 147. However, it was first innings star Joel Logan who was the pick of the bowlers, 4-51 including 7 maidens in his spell. Requiring 158 to win, University came out of the sheds in far better form with the bat than the week previously, Chris Brown smashing a quick 51 and Noah van der Werken an unbeaten 48 to lead the home side to victory, 3/160.
At Kangaroo Bay Oval, the visiting Demons won the toss and elected to bat first, perhaps regretting the decision when they lost Jack white on 6 retired not out. Kade Applebee managed 32 and Nicholas Davis 42, however the Demons generally struggled with the bat as stars Caleb Jewell and Jake Doran failed to get going, knocked over for 185. Sam Rainbird starred with the ball for the Roos, with figures of 5-44 off his 17 overs, including 5 maidens. In response, Clarence fared even worse than the visitors with the bat, Daniel Salpietro top scoring with 32 as the home side was all out for only 155. The Demons all enjoyed a share in the spoils with the ball, Thomas Rogers (3-40), Kade Applebee (3-37) the standouts while Robb Macmillan (2-14) and Alex Pyecroft (1-14) also contributed. In their second innings, North Hobart performed better with the bat, Nicholas Davis top scoring for the side with 59* as the Clarence bowlers struggled to maintain their form from the week prior. The Demons finished the round 5/163, claiming the win over the Roos.
Glenorchy took on Kingborough at KGV Oval in a match that saw plenty of batsmen put in a lot of time at the crease. Winning the toss and sending the visitors in to bat, James Bowen struck early taking the wicket of Mitchell Backhouse for 14. However, the wickets thenceforth came few and far between, as Kingborough dug in for the long haul posting some solid totals. Connor O’Brien hit 38 off 83, Clive Rose hit 37 off 125 before Dylan Hay hit an arduous 103 off 201 to lead his side to a quality total off 7/327 declared. The Magpies shared the wickets around, James Bowen (2-27), Farzan Raja (2-71) and Ahsan Mirza (2-40) all contributing with the ball. Time at the crease was the game plan for the Magpies as well, as opener Umair Butt fought out for 3 hours to hit 51 off 151. Nuwan Kavinda contributed 35 off 91 and Nathan Matthews 45 off 83 to help their side to 8/242 as the game resulted in a draw at the end of the second day of play.
Making the trip up to Invermay Park over the round, South Hobart / Sandy Bay won the toss and sent Greater Northern in to bat first. The Raiders struggled to hit their stride with the bat in their first innings, Rhys French top scoring with 41 as Kyle Wisniewski tore through the batting lineup with the ball with figures of 4-31. Hamish Kingston claimed 2-55 off his 20 overs as well to hold the home side to 176. The Sharks made their intentions clear after taking to the crease, opener Harry Nichols hitting 52 before Sean Willis put on an epic display with the bat, dominating with 150 off 173 deliveries to ensure his side posted a quality total. Hamish Kingston proved he’s not only capable with the ball but also the bat, hitting 60* as his side reached an impressive total of 6/366 and claimed the points on the road.