Demons’ close call

Forest Stanley bowler Brandon Tonks sends the ball towards a Marrawah batsman during round one of the Circular Head Cricket Association on Saturday. Picture: Ashleigh Force.

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CHCA. The 2018-19 Circular Head Cricket Association season is under way with Forest Stanley and Irishtown taking the wins in round one. 

Playing on a home ground, Forest Stanley hosted Marrawah in a close contest while Irishtown claimed a convincing victory against Trowutta Combine at Irishtown. 

Winning the toss, Forest Stanley elected to stand in front of the Marrawah bowlers throughout the first innings, led by Nic Bellinger (5) and Shane Dennison (2).

Matthew Izzo (10) and Brad Hardy (9) attempted to build momentum within the batting order before Jade Best (14), Kayden Stein (12) and Brandon Tonks (14) stepped in. 

Eli Bellinger (11) rounded out the innings as Forest Stanley finished all out for 110 runs. 

Marrawah bowlers Scott Fisher (3/20), Luke Hochman (2/28) and Jaiden Popowski (2/13) took multiple wickets to set an achievable target for the side in the second innings.  

In reply, Matthew Saward (17) and Rocky Poke (49 not out) set a strong precedent for the Marrawah batsmen however Mitchell Heald (10) was the only other batsman to reach double digits as the team conceded a victory, only two runs short with 9/108. 

Forest Stanley bowlers Shane Crowden (2/16), Best (2/21) and Stein (2/22) were the key components in the team’s victory. 

In the other match, Irishtown batsmen Zaryn Monson (47) and Shaun Hammond (71) displayed standout performances in the side’s 166 run victory against Trowutta Combine. 

Monson partnered with Joel Keep (16) in the first innings to provide a strong opening for the home side.

Isaac Perry (13), Leslie Lambert (19) and Austen Perry (16) stocked the middle order to finish out the 40 overs with 222 runs.

Meanwhile Trowutta Combine’s Sam Brookes took four wickets from six overs for 40 runs to stand out in the side’s bowling. 

In the second innings, Hammond stole three wickets from six runs and five overs, including two maidens alongside Lambert (2/10), Josh Else (2/11), Warren Heald (1/9) and Johnathon Swan (1/15). 

The Trowutta Combine batsmen attempted to reach double digit performances but fell short, running out of batsmen on 56 runs. 

In round two of the Circular Head Cricket Association season, Trowutta Combine will host Marrawah while Irishtown takes on Forest Stanley this Saturday (November 17) from 10am.

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