STAGE 1 BLACK
The Stage 1 Warriors Black team headed out to a blustery and cool Glen Huon Oval on Monday afternoon to host Kettering in their season opener.
The boys welcomed new players – Jack Stevenson, Cooper Lorkin and Jethro Penney – into the fold.
The Warriors were sent in to bat by the experienced Kettering team.
The innings started strongly, but the Warriors were well contained by some accurate bowling, and the three new caps had to adjust quickly to a harder and bouncier cricket ball.
Xavier Coulson came in down the order and steadied the ship with a wicketless 14 runs.
The Warriors ended up on 8/75, which felt like it might be a defendable total.
North Huon snared a couple of wickets in the first two overs, but shortly after that some of the bigger Kettering boys came to the crease and started to find the boundary. The opposition’s running between wickets led to a couple of early run outs, but as the innings wore on they stole plenty of singles and forced several overthrows.
Oscar Bourne was the pick of the bowlers, with 3-17 off four overs.
Kettering finished with a score of 6/108, comfortable victors.
STAGE 1 YELLOW
The North Huon Stage 1 Yellow side took to the field at Ranelagh on Monday night in their first game of the year against Blackmans Bay.
Alex Leaman called the bat flip correctly, and, with a late player withdrawal, decided to set a total.
Alex opened with Sam Clark, both batting solidly in their first Stage 1 game, each only being dismissed once, and Alex finished with 15, whilst Sam scored 12.
Zach Darke followed up with 12, again only being dismissed once, and Max Kull (12 not out) teamed up with Lucas Raine (17) to see North Huon post 68 off the bat.
In reply, some great bowling from all the bowlers saw Blackmans Bay held off in a tight game, posting 61 runs, with Lucas and Alex both taking a wicket, and Sam taking two.
With four wickets to each team, the result was a seven run win to North Huon, 84 to 77, in an encouraging start to the year!
Sam Clark with his two wickets and 12 runs was deemed Warrior of the match (pictured).