CHCA. The third round of Circular Head Cricket Association’s Tall Timbers Twenty20 Cup saw Irishtown play host to similarly seated Forest Stanley.
The visitors won the toss and elected to bat, sending in the likes of Matthew Emmett and Kyle Ollington to lay a solid foundation.
The early departure of Emmett (4) put Irishtown in a commanding position, but a confident knock from Nick Littlejohn (35 not out) put the visitors back in control as he and Ollington cruised through a classy 48-run partnership.
This was brought to a screeching halt however as Ollington fell for 38, followed shortly after by Martyn Carr who contributed a handy eight runs.
This brought Brandon Tonks to the crease, who managed a quick-fire 40 to help the visitors cruise to 4/140, which proved to be a defendable total.
The fiery pace of opening bowler Littlejohn (0/11) supported by the bowling of Tonks (1/16) applied early pressure to the Canaries as the home side struggled to get going.
Wickets fell somewhat regularly with Carr (1/16), Ollington (1/14), Kade Hardy (1/9) and young Eli Bellinger (1/14) each taking one.
The relentless pressure of the Demons eventually proved too much for Irishtown, posting a total of 5/100 after the completion of their overs.
In town, Trowutta Combine hosted Marrawah, winning the toss and electing to bat.
Stuart Wells and Tomas Coker opened the batting with young Coker (0) departing early in his innings following an electric runout from Kyle Moodie.
Wells (11) went on to be the only player to reach double figures as his undermanned side struggled to get going with the bat, all out for 68.
Jono Arnold (3/10) and Aiden Coombe (3/14) asked questions of the batsmen, while pressure from Mitchell Heald (2/11) and Stephen Fisher (0/12) made it difficult for their hosts to score.
Captain Shane Babcock opened the batting and his positive mindset held his team in good stead as he led from the top with an unbeaten 35.
Fellow opener Heald put 15 runs on the board in a hurry before scooping one to fielder Dale Burke from the bowling of the economical Scott Williams (1/12).
Heald was replaced at the crease by Coombe, who managed a partnership just shy of 50 with the skipper and helped the visitors cruise to a comfortable victory with eight overs to spare.
On the other oval, the All Stars hosted the Van Dairy Devils, who lost the toss and were asked to field. All Stars openers Scott Blizzard (30) and Ben Revell (24) managed a partnership of 25 before two quick wickets exposed the Stars’ upper middle order.
This brought Jacob Finch to the crease, who relished the opportunity and posted a delectable 47 before retiring.
The wickets fell quickly following his exit and the All Stars posted an impressive 8/148. In defence with the ball, Finch (2/14) was the pick of the bowlers as the rock was thrown to all 11 of the All Stars fielders.
Eight wickets were taken, with one each going to Blizzard (1/7), Revell (1/14), Steve Poulter (1/29), Zac Bransden (1/13), Jessie Lee (1/19) and Ky Lee (1/21).
This wasn’t enough to peg back the Devils however, as they banded together to chase down the runs with two overs to spare.
These results see the Devils solidify their place in the top four, two games clear of the All Stars in fifth position. Four points to Forest Stanley slots them into second place on percentage, while Marrawah remains a game ahead on top of the ladder with 12 points.