The North Huon A Grade side travelled to Sandfly to take on the Bunyips on Saturday.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, North Huon started off solidly through Brad Pitt and Sam Roberts, putting on 82 before Pit was dismissed for 60. Adam Crowe (59) and Roberts (42) continued to build a solid base, which allowed the mid to lower order to accelerate, which they duly delivered with, Josh Stevenson clubbing 51 from 27 balls and Jacob Stanway 29 not out from 13 balls, and pushed the North Huon total to 7-271 off their 50 overs.
Fired up from his quickfire half century, captain Stevenson then took the ball, and after he had bowled 4 overs had Longley reeling with 5-7, Stanway taking another to leave the Bunyips in all sorts at 6-9.
There was no recovering from that position, Longley being dismissed for just 50, Stevenson finishing with 5-13 from 10 overs, Bevan Roberts taking 3-11 to complement Stevenson.
B Grade hosted Kettering in windy conditions at Ranelagh, and extras top scores easily in both innings.
North Huon was led by Jackson Pastoor at the top of the order with 26, but the highlight was the innings in the middle of 12 year old Jaxon Thorpe, who finished 23 in slow conditions, and was an innings worth a lot more.
A total of 145 was not massive, but would be tricky on the slower Ranelagh ground, and this proved the case with on extras scoring freely. Kieren Wright, easing back into some steady bowling made inroads at the top of the order with 3-19, whilst Marcus Raine, Shane Fletcher and Pastoor were all able to take 2 wickets to restrict Kettering to 105 and record the win.
Sunday saw North Huon field two C Grade side for the first time this year. With a full complement ready to roll Thursday night, Friday saw the attrition start, with 3 withdrawals coming, coupled with another minutes before the game on Sunday.
The left C2 Grade battling with the bar minimum of 7 players. Not to be put out however, this group, couple with a couple of sub fielders in Aiden and Dylan Geeves, put up a truly magnificent fight with Kettering, and should be super proud of their efforts on the field.
Despite early inroads, Kettering were able to post 8-236 from their 50 overs, highlights being Broughtan Chapman’s fist 2 senior wickets for the club, Anthony Harrisson bowling a superb 10 over spell for just 27 runs, and David Bourne taking 2-17 from 10 overs.
In reply, Peter Pitt held the innings together to bet through with 64 not out, but just lacked enough batters to stay with him, North Huon being bowled out for 149, although Mick Anning tried his best to hang around with Peter with 26.
A fantastic ‘Warrior of the Week’ effort from all involved, with special thanks to Aiden and Dylan, and a side that is guaranteed to improved with a full complement on the park.
C1 travelled to Woodbridge, and after electing to bat first were soon in trouble, as were the stumps, being 1-0 after 1 ball. North then slumped to 3-15, before Chris Crowe (49), Braeden Page (25), and Will Austin (36) set about rebuilding the innings.
the tail did drop away, and North Huon were bowled out with 18 overs left for 164.
This needed some good work to defend on the quick Woodbridge ground, and things were in the balance until Troy Page broke the vital partnership, and saw a steady stream of wickets tumble, Woodbridge being bowled out for 137 and a 27 run win recorded for the visitors.
This coming week sees A Grade travel to Kingston Beach Oval to take on the Crows, B Grade at home at Ranelagh to Bruny Island, C1 Grade host Southern Tigers at Glen Huon, and C2 Grade host Kingston Crows at Ranelagh.