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CHCA. TC Blues One, Marrawah Two and Irishtown each claimed victories in the Circular Head Cricket Association’s third round on Saturday.

TC Blues One and Marrawah One took to the pitch in Smithton. Batting first, Marrawah was in a good position at 1/91 after 20 overs with some excellent batting from Liam McLaren (49) and Kalien Oates (39).

However wickets consistently fell soon after with David Tuxworth’s (2/23) and Austen Perry’s (1/25) fine bowling to see Marrawah post a score of 6/189 after 40 overs.

As TC Blues took to the crease a stellar partnership between Leigh Grey (77) and Jake Roberts (13) was formed and set the pace for the batsmen, the side sitting on 2/83 after 20 overs.

Marrawah’s Cameron Wilson (3/17) and Lachlan Oates (2/40) pressured their opponents however the home team reached their target with four balls to spare at 8/190.

After the game, losing coach Rocky Poke said: “It was a great contest but frustrating to go down in the last over after missing a few opportunities in the field, which could have been the difference.”

Irishtown hosted a young TC Blues Two side in a competitive affair. TC Blues’ Brent Burgess posted 66 with Lachlan Blakemore’s 18 while Irishtown’s Anthony Nicholls (2/9) and Brad Kay (1/13) were standouts with the ball to see TC Blues at 7/118 after 40 overs

As Irishtown took the bat, consistent batting resulted in low scoring with Paul Nicholls (22) and Tom Coombs (21) creating the only lasting partnership while TC Blues’ Jarrod Williams stole 3/25 in eight overs with the ball. Irishtown reached their target in 30 overs with 8/121.

In the round’s third match, Marrawah Two and Forest Stanley fought for the points in a close game.

Batting in damp conditions, Marrawah Two were soon under pressure by Forest Stanley’s Matthew Emmett (3/15), Eli Bellinger (2/3) and Shane Dennison (2/22) as they struggled to bat into the double digits.

However Matthew Saward (18), Ben Spinks (14), Luke Hochman (22) and Steve Fisher (19) each made the effort for Marrawah before the batting was over, all out for 126 after 30.2 overs.

Forest Stanley’s Leo Stokes opened the batting line up with a quick 17 however at 7/40 the away side were in trouble with Spinks’ (5/22) bowling until Emmett (72) and coach Martyn Carr (18) put together a 53-run partnership.

Forest Stanley sealed the game at 8/129 after 26.4 overs.

Forest Stanley coach Carr said he thought the game was a real positive.

“It was probably the best win I have had in my cricket career and as a coach,” he said.

“To go down to Redpa with a team that hasn’t played together before and to come away with a win was outstanding.”

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