Local rivalry reignited

Tall Timbers Forest Stanley Demons and Perry’s Quality Meats Smithton Stars met in town on Saturday during round five of the Burnie Cricket League where batsman Jimmy Martin and wicket keeper Jake Russell prepare for the incoming ball. Picture: Ashleigh Force. 

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BCL. In a meeting between Circular Head’s finest, Tall Timbers Forest Stanley Demons finished on top.

Perry’s Quality Meats Smithton Stars hosted the local opponents in round five of the Burnie Cricket League in Smithton on Saturday.

As Forest Stanley sit comfortably at second on the ladder, behind Natone in the top spot, Smithton remain at the other end of the scale with only defeats recorded in the statistics.

The Demons took the bat for the first innings and proved they are in a league of their own to secure 8/174 runs in 48.4 overs while Star bowler Jake Roberts claimed three wickets from 10 overs, including one maiden, to concede 33 runs.

As the second innings ensued, Jake Russell and Sam Muller combined for a single digit partnership at the top of the line up before a strong 19 run performance by Sean Ryan.

Coach Brent Burgess added 31 runs to the chase in the middle order before two ducks and several single digit showings followed to see the side fall short on a total of 91 runs.

The visitors claimed the 83 run victory and the points that go with the win.

Last Thursday, Smithton Stars met with Yolla for round two of the Burnie Cricket League Twenty20 competition.

The first 20 overs featured fine bowling from Kailen Oates (3/11) and Burgess (2/26) alongside catches from Ben Revell, Muller, Oates and Burgess to hold their opponents to 8/160.

Smithton Star Scott Blizzard finished on a duck as he opened the second innings before Revell (20) and Ryan (10) got play underway.

Jacob Finch (25 not out) was a solid performer in the middle order as was Russell (22) in the lower line up to finish 8/103, short of their goal.

Round three of the Twenty20 competition will be held on Sunday December 10 where Smithton Stars will host Stowport and Forest Stanley will meet with Somerset.

Round six of the league games will be played this Saturday (December 2) when Smithton travels to see Riana and Forest Stanley hosts Acton.