Smashing centuries, sixes

Marrawah Two’s Matthew Saward prepares for the incoming ball during his side’s win against TC Blues One in Circular Head Cricket Association’s ninth round in Smithton on Saturday. Meanwhile Forest Stanley secured a nice victory against TC Blues Two in Stanley, notching up multiple centuries. Picture: Ashleigh Force. 

CHCA. Circular Head Cricket Association’s ninth round was the week for Forest Stanley with coach Martyn Carr and Grant Samperi each notching up centuries for a classy 4/392 victory against TC Blues Two.

With a home ground advantage and having won the toss, Forest Stanley took the bat for the first innings to see a massive opening partnership between Shane Dennison (33) and Carr (173).

Samperi stepped in at third order to contribute a neat 100 not out and partnered with Carr for a combined 288 runs where he earned six fours, while Carr belted a massive 17 fours and five sixes.

To finish off, Kayden Stein (15) and Ashley Jackson (0) saw the 40 overs out while Jordan Burke (2/4) and Stuart Wells with two catches performed best for TC Blues in the field.

On a roll, Forest Stanley claimed five ducks in the second innings with Jade Best (4/12) and David Buchanan (3/10) keeping their opponents’ score to a minimum.

TC Blues’ Wells (17) put together a small stint in front of the wickets however his teammates failed to reach double digits and the side was caught all out for 53 after 17.4 overs.

Following the match, Carr admitted his performance would be a career highlight: “[My] partnership with Samperi is going to be a memory that will stick with me for a lifetime.”

However the coach gave due credit to the young TC Blues side.

“The young fellas never gave up all day,” he said.

“It would have been good to see more adults mixed through the team to give them some more guidance and confidence.”

At Redpa, Irishtown defeated Marrawah One. Batting first, the home side struggled to create partnerships to be 5/71 after 20 overs.

Marrawah’s Garth Smith (32), Logan Smith (23) and Shaun Blake (22) contributed before Irishtown’s Thomas Coombs (4/31) and Paul Nichols (3/18) made sure the side was all out for 143 at 40 overs.

With just five players, Irishtown were in for a tough battle but Coombs (32), Nichols (32) and Shaun Hammond (60) got the side across the line for 4/147 at 22.4 overs.

In Smithton, Marrawah Two stepped forward to bowl the first innings against TC Blues One.

Marrawah’s Rowan Popowski (2/41) and Scott Fisher (1/13) produced a tight opening spell before TC Blues’ Nick Littlejohn (90) and Isaac Perry (41) combined for a 78-run partnership.

John Innes-Smith (3/34) saw wickets fall steadily before late hitting from Leigh Grey (16) boosted the total to 185 from 37.4 overs.

In the chase, Marrawah produced 4/190 at 39 overs to claim the game.

This Sunday Irishtown will host Marrawah Two, Marrawah One and TC Blues Two will meet at Redpa while TC Blues One and Forest Stanley battle in Smithton.

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