BCL. Circular Head’s Burnie Cricket League representatives remain at the top of the game in both the A Reserve and A Grade competitions.
Perry’s Quality Meats Smithton Stars and Tall Timbers Forest Stanley Demons gained victories against West Ridgley and Acton respectively, during round five of the season on Saturday.
Taking on the opposition at McKenna Park, Smithton was sent out into the field for the first innings as Sean Ryan bowled one wicket from nine runs in 10 overs, including five maidens.
Smithton Stars’ Connor Smith (2/13), Jason Berechree (2/19) and Cameron Revell (2/13) continued the bowling momentum with Kalien Oates (1/12) settling the West Ridgley score at 8/100 in 50 overs.
Brent Burgess’ two catches alongside one each from Aaron Tuxworth, Ryan and Oates assisted in the field.
A series of single digit scores troubled Smithton in the second innings, however double digit contributions from opening batsman Ben Revell (19) with Tuxworth (17 not out) and Lachlan Oates (26) carried the team to the target. The side earned 105 runs to win by five wickets in 21.4 overs.
In the A Grade action, Forest Stanley spent the first innings in the field of their home ground as Acton set a target of 176 runs in 41.4 overs.
The Demons’ Mitchell Bellinger (4/29) bowled a standout nine overs as Iain Bruce (2/12), Nic Littlejohn (1/28) and Jimmy Martin (1/33) contributed to the loss of opposition wickets.
Matthew Bowen, Marty Hardy, Anthony Nicholls, Martin and Bellinger supported the bowling with catches as well as a run out by both of the Bellinger brothers, Nic and Mitchell.
In the second innings, opening batsman Hardy was dismissed prematurely for a duck while Martin carried on to reach 47 runs alongside Nicholls (27) and Lachlan Bissett (22).
Nic Bellinger (10) and father Neville Bellinger (20) stocked the middle order, followed by Bowen (29) late in the innings to reach the target runs of 178 with one wicket remaining.
In round six of the Burnie Cricket League, Smithton will travel to take on Acton while Forest Stanley host Natone this Saturday (November 24).