Forest Stanley’s the team to beat

CHCA. Round four of the Circular Head Cricket Association was in full swing on the weekend with Forest Stanley maintaining their unbeaten run and Irishtown also securing the points.

Forest Stanley started well in their match against TC Blues, posting a score of 7/246.

Neville Bellinger was elevated to the number three position and he didn’t let coach Jimmy Martin down as he added 86. Martin also contributed with 55 in a strong batting performance.

With the ball, TC Blues used eight bowlers as they tried to restrict Forest Stanley; the standouts with the ball were Mitchell Heald and Aaron Tuxworth.

In reply with the ball, David Buchanan was the pick of the bowlers for Forest Stanley with his figures of 2/17 off his eight overs.

Despite going down, TC Blues coach Scott Blizzard wasn’t disappointed with the effort: “We played better this time than we did last time, we were missing a few players and could only manage 10 players.”

In the other match of the weekend, Irishtown won the toss and put a competitive total of 9/229 on the board.

A standout innings from Jacob Finch (83) pushed the score above 200, whilst Sean Ryan continued his good season with 58.

Marrawah skipper Liam McLaren was the best with the ball, claiming three wickets.

Marrawah opener Nic Littlejohn achieved a rare feat to carry his bat through the innings but his 68 not out was not enough to get his side over the line.

Marrawah coach Bhodi Johnston was disappointed with his team’s performance.

“We are finding it hard to string two or three good games together,” he said. “Our batting is a big downfall.”

Just as he did with the bat, Finch took three crucial wickets in a good all-round game.

In what he described as his team’s top performance to date, coach Ben Revell praised Finch’s efforts: “I thought it was our best performance so far for this year, which is good coming off a loss.”

As for next week’s action there is a bye due to the Circular Head Show in Stanley, games resume on Saturday December 12.

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