A Grade Cricket returned to Ranelagh on Saturday, with North Huon taking on local rivals Huonville.
With the visiting side winning the toss and batting, early wickets to Josh Stevenson and Bevan Roberts set a good tone for the morning, Huonville getting to 3-48.
North Huon from there were left to rue some tight chances that were missed, as Huonville pushed forward with a couple of partnerships to get to 7-258 from their 50 overs. Mark Cordwell also took 2 wickets in the later part of the innings, with Jacob Stanway the other wicket taker.
A challenging run chase was helped with a 72 opening run stand from Brad Pitt (48) and Sam Roberts (62), but from there the Warriors struggled to build a meaningful partnership. Josh Stevenson with 42 tried his best to keep the hopes alive, but his dismissal really put the target just too far out of reach, the home side eventually falling 10 runs short at 8-248.
B Grade travelled up the road to Margate, and 2 terrific opening spells from Dylan Geeves and Baydon Armstrong (3 wickets each) set up the Warriors to bowl Margate out for 111.
In reply, Jackson Pastoor played a level headed knock whilst Josh Chapman ensure an early day was had, bludgeoning a quickfire 79 to see the total passed in the 15th over.
C1 Grade hosted Summerleas at Glen Huon on Sunday, and after electing to bat first, were dismissed for 149. Veteran Mick Anning led the way with 48 off the bat, showing the younger brigade how it should be done. Braeden Page and Peter Pitt also helped with scores in the 20s.
In reply, Summerleas were able to cruise past the total for the loss of 3 wickets – Page and Riley Anning the only wickets takers.
This coming week sees Under 16s back on the track, taking on Kettering at Ranelagh Friday evening. Senior games include the 2 C Grade sides playing each other on Saturday at Glen Huon, and B Grade taking on Judbury at Ranelagh.
Sunday sees the clubs biggest day for the year, with the Glen Huon-Ranelagh Grove-North Huon Past Players and Sponsors day on at Ranelagh.
A Grade will host Southern Tigers from 10:30am, with the official event kicking off at 12 noon. The Master Blasters will be having a session at Ranelagh from 8:30am, with all Juniors invited to a half time game and skills session around 1pm with former Australian Test cricket, and World Cup winner Xavier Doherty helping out.
The day will also recognise the 15th year since the last Glen Huon (and HCA) A Grade premiership in 2003-04, and the dual B And C Grade premierships for Ranelagh Grove from 25 years ago in 1993-94.
The Club would like to extend a warm invitation to all former players, members and administrators to come along and enjoy the day, share some great tales, and catch up with some familiar faces.