Fine line in loss

Marrawah’s Anthony “Snow” Nicholls is caught out of his crease by Natone’s wicketkeeper after smashing his way to a quick-fire 29 on Sunday. Picture: Bodey Dittloff.

Cricket. Marrawah Cricket Club was bundled out of the Cricket Tasmania Statewide Twenty20 competition on Sunday, falling 18 runs short of the required total.

The first-round exit to BCL outfit Natone Cricket Club came as a tough blow for the home side, which found itself on the wrong end of a controversial moment during the chase as momentum quickly shifted to the bowling side.

With the run rate steadily growing, Marrawah opening batsman David Blake lofted a shot towards the eastern boundary of the Smithton Recreation Ground and looked to have been caught out by a fielder positioned in the deep.

As the umpire lifted his index finger, onlookers in the crowd near the boundary began to signal that the ball had actually carried for a six, alleging the catcher’s feet were across the boundary line when the catch was taken.

A moment of confusion led to Blake walking off and then on again, before the umpire’s decision was made final and he finally departed having scored three.

In the innings prior, Marrawah won the toss and sent Natone in to bat, losing five wickets on their way to posting a respectable 126.

Coach Bhodi Johnston took two wickets to earn the team’s best figures of 2/20, while Jason Berechree, Matt Elliott and Sam Mitchell also claimed batsmen.

Despite Blake departing, Anthony “Snow” Nicholls (29) and Elliott (22) looked to have the home side ticking along nicely, but the accuracy of Natone’s bowling attack proved too much with just 30 runs scored between the remaining batsmen.

Other teams to progress deeper into the knockout competition were Forth, St Annes, Devonport Orions, South Launceston, Scamander and Wellington.

 

RESULTS

Natone: 5/126 off 20

Wicket-takers: B Johnston 2/20 (4), J Berechree 1/16 (4), M Elliott 1/17 (4), S Mitchell 1/28 (4)

 

Marrawah: 108 off 20

Best batsmen: A Nicholls (29), M Elliott (22), J Willie (14), J Berechree (10).

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