A Grade hosted local rivals Southern Tigers in a return to Glen Huon on Saturday, and had a rare opportunity to bat first, although not to any toss winning skill improvement.
Fletch opened with a promoted Slug Stevenson, filling in for a late Brad Pitt, and they duly put on an 85 run stand before the aggressor Flether fell for 54.
Stevenson fell not that long after, then Dean Harriss and Adam Crowe combined for another 92 run stand before Crowe flew at one and lost his poles with the score on 190, after 42 overs.
The next 8 overs saw a flurry of runs, led primarily by a playing catch up Brad Pitt, and KP (not Kevin Peterson).
Harry left for Hogwarts quickly in these 8 overs, and PB followed soon after, which allowed Josh ‘AH’ Woolley to stride to the crease and return next ball. to keep an eye on the scoring.
Pitt fell with the score on 258 for a movie inspiring 55 off 20 balls, including 6 ‘big shows’, and left the encore to KP who finished with 42 off 16, with North Huon posting a respectable 7-299 from their 50 overs.
Fresh from the inspirational captains speech,the Warriors took to the field to defend, with the now familiar opening combination of Roberts and Stevenson sharing the new ball.
This week lacked the normal penetration – 51 on the board before Slug broke through.
The next breakthrough wouldn’t come until debutant Luke ‘Jackson’ Stocks snuck one past the aggressive Cordwell to take his first wicket in A Grade. Pup Crowe drew out a couple of catches, threw down the stumps a couple of times, and tied down the run rate to bring the game back to North Huon with the score at 6-231.
Jake Barry had been the rock in the innings, but his dismissal just after his century to Stevenson left the Tigers still needing around 9 per over.
This didn’t put them off, and some late hitting saw the equation brought down to 15 needed for the in with just 1 wicket in hand, but Bev Roberts held his nerve to go for only 9 and secure the win
B Grade travelled to Lightwood Park to take on the Eagles, and batted first. Only 4 batsmen could reach double figures, and no one passed 20, resulting in a total of only 100 being posted. This proved no trouble for the Eagles, passing the total only 2 wickets down, Aiden Geeves and Connor Robson wicket takers.
C1 Grade chased down 229 at Woodbridge on a lightning ground. The homer side was well held by all of the bowlers, and Joe Roberts led the chase with 84 off the bat. Taylor Campisi helped out with 43, and Codie Rawnsley ticked off the winning runs with 22*.
C2 Grade also posted a low total, scoring only 106 at Ranelagh, thanks mainly to 55 from Mitch Sullivan. Margate lost 4 wickets in the chase, passing the total with ease.
Sunday February 5 will see the Club hold its past players and officials day from 12 noon at Ranelagh. The A Grade game has been moved to Sunday to cater for this.
All past players and officials from the North Huon, Ranelagh Grove and Glen Huon Cricket Clubs are more than welcome to attend.