BCL. The Smithton Stars and Forest Stanley Demons both sit in the top spot in the Burnie Cricket League competitions following round four of the season.
Perry’s Quality Meats Smithton Stars remain undefeated in the A Reserve competition while the reigning A Grade champions, the Tall Timbers Forest Stanley Demons are yet to be defeated in the 2018-19 season.
The Stars were treated to a new surface on the Smithton Recreation Ground in their debut home game of the season against Stowport on Saturday.
This new surface proved difficult for the openers to adjust to as batsmen Aaron Tuxworth (4) and Logan Smith (6) led the Stars into the first innings.
The only resistance shown was for captain Sean Ryan who took over at third in the order to smash four boundary balls and post a top score of 27 runs.
Ben Revell (3), Jacob Finch (0), Connor Smith (9) and Marcus Plant (7) idled away in the middle order before the Oates brothers, Kalien (11) and Lachlan (14), stepped up to hold the Stars steady.
Jake Grey (4) battled in the lower order, ahead of Cameron Revell (4 not out) who paced Smithton towards a meagre 103 runs all out in 39 overs.
For the Stars to hold their undefeated record intact, the bowlers needed to perform at the highest level, and took that challenge on board.
The bowlers were on top right from the start with Ryan, bowling eight overs for five runs with four maidens, and Connor Smith, in a man-of-the-match performance of 10 overs with five maidens and five wickets for 10 runs.
Solid support was provided by Lachlan Oates (3/16), Cameron Revell (1/11) and Grey (1/3).
A very good performance behind the stumps saw a second ‘five for’ throughout the game with wicketkeeper Tuxworth taking five catches.
Following 39.1 overs, Stowport were all out for 58 runs in a convincing victory for the Stars, defending a small total.
In the A Grade action, Forest Stanley found themselves chasing down the West Ridgley total in an easily won six wicket victory.
The visitors conceded the toss to take to the field for the first innings and hold West Ridgley to 159 runs in 47.4 overs due to the efforts of Forest Stanley bowlers Jimmy Martin (5/27), Marty Hardy (3/32) and Mitch Bellinger (2/17).
As the visiting side took the bat, Damon Smith (86) and Martin (48) did the hard yards to see the Demons reach 4/160 within 35.5 overs for the win.
In round five of the Burnie Cricket League, Forest Stanley will play a home game against Acton as Smithton travels to take on West Ridgley this Saturday (November 17).