A blistering weekend saw some exciting cricket in the Men’s Premier League, with the hot conditions not deterring players with bat or ball as teams look to the final round of the season before finals.
At KGV Oval, the home side won the toss and elected to bat first, taking to the Clarence bowlers ferociously early in the day. N Kavinda showed his worth with the willow, knocking 107 for the Magpies, while N Matthews went one better with 134 to set up Glenorchy for a win should they perform with the ball. The Magpies declared 7/322, looking to carry their form with the bat in to the field. Daniel Meredith starred for Clarence with the ball, taking 3 wickets. The second day saw conditions more suited for a long stint at the crease, and the Roos didn’t disappoint despite a 3-wicket haul from F Raja, Harrison Allanby hitting 74 and A Smith 113 to clinch the total, finishing 7/323. The win sees Clarence retain second spot comfortably leading into the final round, their prospects of a home final looking very positive.
New Town hosted Greater Northern at New Town Oval on the weekend, with the Raiders playing in their final game for the season as they take the bye next weekend. Winning the toss and choosing to take the crease first, the Bucks were shaky from the outset, A Denby top scoring with 32 while the rest of the side failed to crack 20. This was in part due to the superb bowling of J Beattie who took 5 wickets, New Town all out for 158. In response, the Raiders look nervous on Sunday and lost several early wickets before R French steadied the ship, knocking 75 to help the Raider to the required runs with 4 wickets to spare. Ryan Lees was the pick of the New Town bowlers and the only one that looked like making a difference in the match, taking 4 wickets.
In a tight top four contest at Queenborough Oval, South Hobart / Sandy Bay took on North Hobart with hopes of pushing up towards second place and the chance at a home final. In a high scoring and dramatic affair, North Hobart won the toss and decided to have a bat with their star players all contributing to the total. Jordan Silk (59), Caleb Jewell (84) and C Murfet (77) all had impressive knocks with the bat, while 3 wicket hauls from Simon Milenko, Kyle Wisniewski and C Kuepper ensured that the Demons didn’t get out of control, holding them to 10/306. SHSB took the crease on the second day and looked comfortable from the outset, H Nichols (106) and Sean Willis (127) leading the way for the Sharks as they achieved the target runs with 5 wickets left in reserve. B Fraser and H Thomas were the pick of the bowlers for the Demons, taking 3 and 2 wickets respectively.
Kingborough were outmatched by a classy Lindisfarne outfit at Kingston Twin Ovals, taking the field on the first day. Lindisfarne came out swinging, their batsmen all having a crack at the Kingborough bowlers as Mac Wright (54), Keegan Oates (62), Ben McDermott (74) and J Grubb (53) all enjoyed some time at the crease in the hot conditions. The Knights struggled to make an impact with the ball as Lindisfarne ran away to 6/318. Sunday saw the Knights fail to hit their stride with the bat, some magnificent bowling by Nathan Ellis (5/52) and Matt Wilkie (3/23) ensuring that they couldn’t reach the required target. G Sandhu managed 66 and C O’Brien managed 30, however the remainder of the team couldn’t contribute as they fell 10/139.
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In a must win match for Clarence, the Roos hosted Glenorchy at Kangaroo Bay Oval and took to their opponents quickly with the bat after winning the toss. Emma Thompson blasted a quick 46, while K Cole (33) and N Pearce (36) ensured that the home side could post a strong total, finishing 5/173. While A Burdon took figures of 4/35 with the ball and smashed 33 with the bat, her side failed to fire and only managed 71 for the loss of 3 wickets in their allotted overs. With the win, Clarence jump into fourth position and will face University in the semi-final next weekend.
Kingborough traveled across the river to face Lindisfarne at Lindisfarne Oval in a game that Lindisfarne had to win to retain their top four position. Winning the toss and deciding to bat first, Lindisfarne’s Veronica Pyke (53) and Paris Crowe (49) showed solid form with the bat and helped their side to a total of 5/153 off their 20 overs. Lauren Hepburn was the best of the Knights bowlers with figures of 3/20. Kingborough were quick to put a lid on any celebrations, as Bonnie Davies (47) and Brooke Hepburn (71*) chased down the required runs with the loss of only 1 wicket. The loss means Lindisfarne miss out on the semi-finals next weekend, while Kingborough retain third position and will face North Hobart next weekend in what promises to be a cracker of a match.
Clare Street Oval saw New Town take on South Hobart / Sandy Bay in what proved to be a one-sided contest. Emily Mifsud starred with the bat and ball for the home side, with 67 runs and 2 wickets. Frances Sullivan and M Waddington also contributed 2 wickets apiece, as New Town finished 4/122 and knocked over SHSB in the final over for 76.
In a top of the table clash that could be a preview of what is to come in a fortnight’s time, North Hobart upset the top placed University at University Oval. Winning the toss and deciding to bat, the visiting Demons side were helped to a respectable total of 7/138 off the back of some solid batting by S Daffara (50). S Parkin and C Abel were masterful with the ball for University, with 2 and 3 wickets respectively, however it was the classy Kendylle Byers (4/23) who was the pick of the bowlers, the Demon holding University to a total of 8/106 as Ashley Day’s 36 failed to make enough of an impact.