Stellar start

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BCL. The Burnie Cricket League is back with the Forest Stanley Demons and Smithton Stars taking on the competition.

The Tall Timbers Forest Stanley Demons finished the 2017-18 A Grade season with a premiership victory while Perry’s Quality Meats Smithton Stars secured only one win and one washed out draw to finish at the bottom of the ladder.

This season, the Demons will remain in the A Grade league as the Stars feature in the A Reserve competition.

Forest Stanley hosted a home game in round one of the league on Saturday against Stowport.

The visiting team took the bat in the first innings to notch 9/198 with a half century performance from Stowport batsman Brayden Brown.

In the second innings, Forest Stanley were quick to chase down the target within 42.2 overs to score 8/202 for the win.

In the A Reserve action, Smithton started the season with a victory against the reigning runners up, Yolla.   

The visitors won the toss and elected to bat first, sending Yolla out to a damp and slippery outfield.

The Stars started well with a 32-run partnership between opening batsmen Aaron Tuxworth (11) and Ben Revell (20).

A few wickets were lost before Jacob Finch (28) and Logan Smith (47) steadied the ship and built the score to 4/77 until Finch’s wicket fell on the final ball before drinks.

Another wicket fell immediately after the drinks break leaving Smithton in a precarious position at 5/86. 

However this changed as Connor Smith (48) joined his brother Logan at the crease and proceeded to build on the steadying Logan and Finch had started.

A 56-run partnership between the brothers followed before Logan departed just shy of his half century, the total sitting at 6/142 with 10 overs still to bat.

Connor was joined by Digger Oates (9) and Jake Grey (6) but ultimately dismissed for a similar score as his brother, as the first innings ended on 10/196.

Yolla’s innings with the bat started precariously, sitting at 5/80 at the drinks break.

A solid middle order partnership brought Yolla well within striking distance of the required total at 6/140 with 12 overs to go but bowling performances by the Smithton Stars slowed the damage.

Smithton’s standout bowler Jason Berechree claimed four wickets in 8.2 overs, including two maidens, to concede 19 runs.

Revell (2/15), Finch (1/14), Sean Ryan (1/19), Jake Grey (1/21) and Kalien Oates (1/21) rounded out the bowling along with three catches by Sean Ryan to end Yolla’s run chase on 155 runs in 41.2 overs.

In round two of the Burnie Cricket League, Forest Stanley will host Riana in the A Grade while Smithton will meet with Natone at Wivenhoe in the A Reserve this Saturday (October 20).

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