With Santa safely back to the North Pole, it was time for the Warriors to dust off the yellows and get back into the swing of things with Round 8.
A Grade hosted Snug back at Ranelagh, in a vital game for ladder position for both sides.
With regular skipper Josh Woolley away on matrimonial duties, stand in captain Josh Stevenson duly followed his namesake and lost the toss, resulting in North Huon taking to the field. Again.
This would prove to be a blessing with the temperature rising in the afternoon, but Stevenson was hot under the collar early taking 2 early wickets.
Snug built a good partnership through Gates and Schwesinger, but the introduction of Phil Bell saw this broken straight away, and from there regular wickets feel to see Snug out for 184, with Bell capturing 3, Stevo 2 and Brade Page 2.
Brad Pitt filled the vacant opening role with Shane Fletcher. Brad faced out the first over, but should have kept the strike as Fletch went first ball of the next.
Dean Harriss joined Pitt for 46 runs before ‘Your a Wizard’ Harry fell with the score on 50. Adam Crowe joined Pitt, and between them they put the game away with a 103 run stand. Pup fell for 44, and Bell a few runs later, but KP and Pitt saw the total passed with ease, Brad hitting a boundary to bring up his century and the winning runs in the same shot.
B Grade travelled to Margate who posted an imposing 258. Jake Phillips and a promoted Dylan Geeves both took 2 wickets, and Isaac Manson took a blinding 1 hand screamer, but couldn’t keep the total under 250.
‘Charles’ Manson then opened the batting and top scored wit ha great 41, but a lacked support through the innings. Scott Stevenson and Marcus Jackson chipped in with a 26 and a 30 towards the end, but the chase petered out at 175.
C1 Grade played the old rival Huonville at their home ground, and after being sent in by the home side, were able to post a total of 150.
Jackson Pastoor and and Joe Roberts posted 26 and 32 at the top of the order, but no one else was really able to kick on with a score.
In reply, and early wicket to wily veteran Spook Coad got the ball rolling, but Huonville were cruising at 4-135. However Luke Stocks conspired withe Spook, and saw the following 6 wickets fall for just 7 runs to claim a great victory.
Stockers finished with 5-18, while Spook, the Club’s leading wicket taker, added to his tally with 3-23.
An undermanned C2 Grade hosted Kettering, and could only post 96 with their 10 players. Nathaniel Crellin was the stand out here, top scoring with 31. In reply, they young lads could not get a wicket in their defence, Kettering recording an easy win. Big thanks to ‘Nice’ Harry for doubling up and sub fielding to help the lads out.