CHCA. Forest Stanley made it three from three in a perfect finish to the Circular Head Cricket Association’s third round whilst TC Blues picked up their first victory of the season.
Forest Stanley batsman Marty Hardy led his side with a brilliant century, which saw the team’s total reach 6/229 off their 50 overs. Matt Elliot also made a handy contribution at the top of the order with 46.
Irishtown’s Shaun Hammond was the pick of the bowlers finishing with figures of 3/31.
In reply with the bat the innings never got going for Irishtown, as they lost wickets consistently to be bowled out for 132 in the 39th over.
Irishtown coach Ben Revell said of the outcome: “The loss was disappointing but I thought we bowled well . . . [we] just couldn’t back it up with the bat.”
The Forest Stanley bowlers bowled well as a unit, Brandon Tonks was the main wicket taker picking up three. Kade and Nic Bellinger both chipped in with two wickets in the 97-run victory.
Forest Stanley coach Jimmy Martin said his bowling group put pressure on Irishtown with dot balls but lack of concentration in fielding still needed to be addressed.
“Marty Hardy continues to put good partnerships together and looks very organised at the crease,” Martin said of Hardy’s second century of the season.
TC Blues’ first victory comes on the back of a strong team performance during CHCA’s first night game of the 2015/16 season.
Utilising the new lights at the Smithton Recreation Ground, TC and Marrawah played for the second annual ‘Light Up the Rec’ Cup.
Marrawah captain Sam Poke was solid at the top of the order with his 44 getting the side off to a good start in their total of 236. As well as strong batting performances by coach Bhodi Johnston and Lewis Nicholls who made 68 and 69 respectively.
While disappointed with the outcome Johnston looked to next week.
“Obviously it wasn’t the result we were looking for . . . There were a few opportunities we didn’t take which cost us the game. But aside from that I thought we bowled and fielded reasonably well,” he said.
“As long as the side is improving, that’s my main goal and it’s obviously important to develop our younger blokes.”
With the ball, TC Blues bowler Cameron Revell picked up three wickets, whilst Brent Burgess and Anthony Taylor chipped in with two wickets apiece.
The chase got off to a bright start for TC Blues, openers Aaron Tuxworth and Scott Blizzard making 44 and 23.
The middle order played well with Burgess making 43 and Leigh Gray making 50 not out, allowing for the win.
Coach Blizzard said the team enjoyed the atmosphere playing under lights.
“It was really good, we all really enjoyed it. All teams have jumped on board now – it was a big success, we want to give everyone the opportunity.”
The next night game will be played between TC Blues and Irishtown at the Smithton Recreation Ground on Saturday December 12. Forest Stanley will share the same opportunity in the new year, while the ‘Light Up the Rec’ Cup will remain an annual TC and Marrawah tradition.
In B-Grade action this week, Marrawah defeated TC Blues and Irishtown grabbed the points off Forest Stanley.