Round 18 – Finals Bound

Round 18 – Finals Bound

A Grade are headed to the Div 1 finals after a tense and tight contest with the Kingston Crows in hot conditions on Saturday.

A good toss to win saw the home side batting, with Sam Roberts and Brad Pitt getting off to a good start, putting on 65 before losing Pitt for 46. Another quick wicket brought Lachie Fraser to the crease, who batted well through the middle order, scoring a run a ball 72, before some late hitting from Josh Champ and Jamie Stanway saw North Huon post 7-252 from 50 overs.

The Crows were able to get off to a steady start, and maintained momentum and run rate despite the loss of some wickets.

At 4-163 the visiting side looked set to pounce, but a quick 3 wicket strike from Bevan Roberts again put the Crows on the back foot.

A late flurry saw a slim last chance, but another key wicket to Roberts saw the last hope snuffed out, and North Huon record a 19 run win, Roberts finishing with 4-56.

A Grade will head down to local rival Huonville next week in a knockout Semi.

Twin tons were the order of the day for B Grade, with ‘Mr 90s’ Jackson Pastoor and young gun Jonny Thorpe both hitting their maiden centuries against Margate.

Pastoor wont the toss and batted, and the loss of Will Austin for 13 did not put the handbrake and Pastoor and Thorpe, who pounded out 174 for the second wicket before Pastoor was stumped for 120. Thorpe continue on with Will Quarrier, putting on a further 111 before Thorpe was caught, but with 116 to his name. Quarrier finished with 58 not out, and Sam Kile 26 not out, as North Huon posted a massive 3-378 from their 50 overs.

Dylan Geeves set the tone with the ball, knocking over the Margate openers castle first ball, and proceeded to weave a web taking 4-16 from 6 overs. 1 wicket to Baydon Armstrong and Will Quarrier, and with a batsman retired in the shed, saw no one left to come out the crease, seemingly have found cooler things to do on a hot Saturday afternoon. Margate all out for 27, and Geeves robbed of a certain 5 for.

B Grade will host the Second Semi and a chance at a Grand Final berth at Glen Huon next Saturday.

C1 Grade played Blackmans Bay at Ranelagh, needing to win to ensure third spot on the ladder.

With the visiting side batting first, Sam Godfrey and Braeden Page with 5 wickets between them combined to dismissed the visitors for 149.

Taylor Campisi got the chase off to a great start with 33, and Godfrey with 33, Page with 30*, and Troy Page with 23* made sure North Huon would be playing the same side at Glen Huon next week in the Semi Final.

C2, bouyed after last weeks win, travelled to Margate, and batting first were able to bat through the 50 overs in an encouraging sign. Gunson did the bulk of the scoring with 58, as the side posted 8-171.

Margate wold not have been prepared for the sight of two 11 year olds opening the attack, and Lucas Sullivan continued on his form from last wickets, taking 2 early wickets, complemented by Brady Harriss at the other end.

The bowling change saw the bowlers get slightly older, but only just, with Under 16 players Broughton Chapman teaming with Jai Terry, Broughton taking a further 2 wickets and Jai one.

Anthony Harrisson also bowled a good extended spell, but Margate were able to do enough to get over the line, passing the total 5 down.

It has bee na trying year a times for C2 Grade, but to their credit the side stuck at it. Credit must go to Peter Pitt for looking after the (mostly) young charges through the year, and also thanks to all of those that have helped out during the season.

The Club will look to continue on with the grade next year, as it is committed to providing a game for as many players as possible.

SO, next weeks sees A Grade travel to Huonville in an elimination Semi, B Grade at home at Glen Huon with a shot at a Grand Final spot, and C1 Grade at Glen Huon on Sunday, also in an elimination final.

The Clubs Under 16 side will also be in action this coming Friday night, taking on Southern Tigers in the Grand Final at Glen Huon.