Stars’ sharp victory

The Perry’s Quality Meats Smithton Stars’ leading wicket taker for the season so far is Connor Smith who gained two wickets in the Burnie Cricket League on Saturday. Photo courtesy of Garth Smith.

BCL. It was a quick match for Perry’s Quality Meats Smithton Stars in round six of the Burnie Cricket League on Saturday, winning by nine wickets in less than 10 overs.

Meanwhile Tall Timbers Forest Stanley Demons dominated Natone in a 138 run victory.

Another toss was lost by Smithton as a depleted Acton team elected to bat the first innings.

The Stars were immediately on top with Sean Ryan and Connor Smith striking early.

Continuing his top statistics, Ryan bowled for less than one run an over to end with the fine figures of one wicket for five runs off seven overs, including three maidens.

As the leading wicket taker of the year so far, Smith also continued his form to take two wickets for 10 runs off six overs, with two maidens.

The ever reliable Cameron Revell (1/5) and Brent Burgess (1/11) kept up the momentum.

When an Acton batsmen was left stranded by his partner, Smith and Aaron Tuxworth took the opportunity to steal a run out before Lachlan Oates cleaned up in a man of the match performance.

Oates claimed four wickets for one run off 4.4 overs, including three maidens to halt the Acton batsmen on 36 runs in 29.4 overs.

The Smithton Stars cruised towards the target in 9.4 overs for the loss of one wicket, with Jacob Finch (16 not out) and Sean Ryan (17 not out) steering the team nonchalantly home.

High scores ensued in the Forest Stanley match played on a home surface.

Demons’ Damon Smith (70) and Jimmy Martin (17) led the cavalry with Smith securing eight boundary balls and two sixes throughout his stand.

Nic Bellinger (22) and Nick Littlejohn (17) took to the field in the middle order before Matthew Bowen (48) was denied a half century. Mitchell Bellinger (74 not out) soared home as Forest Stanley notched 8/268 in 50 overs.

Solid scores from batsmen Steven Lucadou-Wells (19) and Philip Swain (72) caught Forest Stanley bowlers off guard before Lachlan Bissett took charge with three wickets from 29 runs off nine overs, including two maidens.

Iain Bruce (2/3), Mitchell Bellinger (2/11) and Nic Bellinger (2/33) rounded out the bowling with two catches from Smith to halt Natone on 130 runs in 41.2 overs.

In round one of the Burnie Cricket League Twenty20 competition played on Sunday, both Forest Stanley and Smithton took victories from Acton and Yolla by forfeit.

Round two of the T20 series will see Forest Stanley take on Stowport and Smithton meet with Natone next Sunday (December 9) from 10.30am at Stowport and Wivenhoe respectively. Then from 2.30pm, West Ridgley will host Smithton as Natone plays host to Forest Stanley.

In round seven of the Burnie Cricket League season, Forest Stanley plays an away game against Ridgley in the A Grade while in the A Reserve Smithton hosts Riana this Saturday (December 1).

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