Close contests and a low scoring game

CHCA. A low scoring affair between Marrawah and Irishtown unfolded during round three of the Circular Head Cricket Association in Irishtown on Saturday.

Batting first, the visitors posted 34 runs before running out of batsmen in 24.1 overs.

At the mercy of Irishtown bowler Shaun Hammond, who claimed a staggering five wickets from five overs while conceding only four runs, the Marrawah batsmen were unable to reach double digits with the highest individual score coming from the bat of Jay Saward (8).

Matthew Emmett (2/9) and Johnny Swan (2/13) also claimed Marrawah wickets while Isaac Perry, Anthony McAlister, Emmett and Hammond each took a catch in the field.

During the second innings, Marrawah bowler Scott Fisher and fielder Kalon Nicholls swiftly dismissed opening Irishtown batsman Brendon Weeks (2) before Josh Else (27 not out) put forward a match winning performance.

McAlister (2) followed at third in the line up for a short stint on the pitch before the combined effort of Fisher and Nicholls thwarted his chances of reaching double figures.

Paul Nicholls contributed just one run to see Irishtown reach the target and win by eight wickets in 4.3 overs.

In the Forest Stanley and Trowutta Combine match played at Smithton, the visiting side posted 6/171 from 40 overs in the first innings.

A solid opening partnership between Shane Dennison (25) and Neville Bellinger (71) was followed by good middle order performances from Brad Hardy (22) and Iain Bruce (20).

As Trowutta Combine chased down the total, the loss of two wickets by Forest Stanley bowlers Adam Milner (1/29) and Hardy (1/30) could not prevent an eight wicket victory for the home side who claimed the game with 172 runs from 37.1 overs.

Round four will be played this Saturday (November 25) from 10am between Forest Stanley and Marrawah in Stanley and Trowutta Combine and Irishtown in Smithton.

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