CHCA. In round seven of the Circular Head Cricket Association, Forest Stanley and Irishtown cricket clubs claimed victories.
Forest Stanley met with Marrawah in Stanley where the visitors won the toss to bat first.
Opening batsman Matthew Saward reached the boundary four times to earn 22 runs before being bowled by Brad Hardy and caught by Marty Hardy.
Following two single digit performances, Ben Harrison added 11 runs in the middle order before Brad Hardy claimed his second wicket bowled by Grant Samperi. Kelvin Bryant was bowled out by Eli Bellinger after just 10 runs which saw the side reach 107 in 36.1 overs.
Forest Stanley bowler Bellinger finished the first innings with three wickets to his name while conceding just 16 runs in six overs. Samperi also earned multiple wickets with two in seven overs for 17 runs. Marty Hardy, Brad Hardy and Sam Poke each caught two balls in the field.
In reply, Forest Stanley sacrificed one wicket to finish the second innings in a swift 14.3 overs for a total of 1/109 runs.
Opening batsman Poke put together 10 boundary scores with seven fours and three sixes alongside partner Neville Bellinger who earned one six. Bellinger was dismissed for 13 runs when, bowled by Rocky Poke, Bryant stumped the batsman.
Forest Stanley batsman Poke was then joined by Matthew Izzo and the pair batted out the overs to see Poke finish with 69 not out and Izzo on 15 not out.
In the second game of the round, Trowutta Combine hosted Irishtown in Smithton.
The home side began the first innings with the bat however the visiting bowlers were quick to claim the first three batsmen for single digits.
Sam Muller managed 15 runs in the middle order followed by Lachlan Blakemore with 13 runs.
Irishtown kept up the pace and pressure to claim the Trowutta Combine batsmen all out for 59 runs within 22 overs.
The game was over in a swift 22.5 overs as Irishtown chased down the Trowutta Combine total, however not without a fight from the bowlers.
Scott Williams made it his mission to prevent Irishtown from claiming the points and went on to steal four wickets and concede 23 runs within seven overs, including two maidens.
He was supported by Ben Revell (1/15) and Anthony Taylor (1/21) who each bowled two maidens as well as Taylor who scored two run outs.
However Irishtown crossed the line with spare overs up their sleeve in a total of 9/63.
Round eight of the Circular Head Cricket Association will be played this Saturday (January 13) when Irishtown hosts Forest Stanley and Marrawah greets Trowutta Combine from 10am.