BCL. Top of the team

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Nic Bellinger secured a century and five wickets for the Tall Timbers Forest Stanley Demons during round seven of the Burnie Cricket League A Grade against Ridgley on Saturday.

Batting first, openers Jimmy Martin (9) and Damon Smith (6) managed only single digits before Lachlan Bissett (17) stepped onto the field.

Bellinger (103) followed at fifth in the order as brother Mitchell (47) and father Neville (51 not out) rounded out the lower order. The Demons finished the first innings on 9/279.

In the bowling, Nic (5/39) was a force on the field along with Kyle Ollington (1/4), Nick Littlejohn (1/37) and Martin (1/46). Ridgley ended the innings shy of the target on 9/248.

In the A Reserve action, Perry’s Quality Meats Smithton Stars matched Riana in a home game.

Stars’ opening bowler Connor Smith struck early with two wickets for 29 runs while Sean Ryan was his usual economical self, keeping the run rate low with one wicket for 16 runs.

Jason Berechree (1/13) and Brent Burgess (1/19) provided support as Kailen Oates took the man of the match title for his three wickets off 28 runs.

Riana had just two batsmen who provided any significant resistance as the side made its way to a low 9/119.

Smithton had no trouble reaching the target of 2/121 to wrap the match up in 23.2 overs.

The batting was evenly shared by those who had an opportunity, with Aaron Tuxworth (29 not out), Ben Revell (34), Burgess (16) and Ryan (20 not out) doing the honours.

Round seven concludes the first roster rotation with all teams having met.

The Smithton Stars remain undefeated and are comfortable on top of the A Reserve ladder as are the Forest Stanley Demons in the A Grade.

In round eight of the Burnie Cricket League, Smithton will play Yolla at Irishtown while Forest Stanley will travel to see Stowport this Saturday (December 8).

In round two of the Burnie Cricket League Twenty20 competition, Forest Stanley will play Stowport at 10.30am before Natone at 2.30pm while Smithton takes on Natone then West Ridgley.

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