CHCA. Trowutta-Combine tasted success across all grades in round two of the local competition on Saturday, highlighted by a century to B Grade coach Leigh Grey.
At Smithton, TC’s B Grade side won the toss and elected to bat, with Grey’s innings of 104 the major highlight to guide the home side to a total of 206 all out.
Irishtown’s Tom Coombs earned a five-wicket haul from seven overs at the cost of 32 runs, while Paul Nichols (2/35) was the next best with the ball.
The Cannons’ strong bowling proved to be Irishtown’s undoing in the chase; Chris Reeves snagging three wickets topped only by the impressive figures of 5/8 off 5.3 overs from Sam Brooks.
At Irishtown, the travelling Cannons chased down the host’s total of 220 with just 23 balls and two wickets to spare, as eight players reached double figures with the bat to help extend the A Grade side’s winning streak to two.
Earlier in the day, half-centuries to Irishtown opener Nick Stubbs (61) and Ben Revell (58) helped the Canaries to post a modest total in their allocated 50 overs, with TC’s Leigh French (3/30) and Darren Ferguson (2/36) again working their spin magic.
Two wickets each to Jacob Finch, Josh Gale and Wayne Jago weren’t enough for the home side to restrict their opponents, with Nick Littlejohn and Jarod Williams unbeaten in the end after solid totals to Brent Burgess (42) and Scott Blizzard (45).
A comfortable eight-wicket win to TC’s U/16 side at Forest rounded out the club’s successful weekend.
Irishtown opener Sam Lewis (64 no) helped Irishtown to a total of 125, before a half-century to TC’s Kirtis Maher and a 43-run haul between unbeaten pair Lochie Hunt and Joel Keep guided their side to a win in the space of 20 overs.
Forest-Stanley also rolled on in their A and B Grade matches, with the latter cancelled due to Marrawah not fielding enough players; a situation they were on the opposite side of last week.
Five A Grade batsmen made 30 runs or more for the Demons as they kicked off proceedings away from home against Marrawah; Jason Blake (44) and Kyle Ollington (37) the pick of the bunch.
Youngsters Connor Smith and Lachie Oates each grabbed three wickets for the Bulls, but the home side’s batting performance fell short, as coach Bhodi Johnston (21) top-scored to see Marrawah all out for 90.
The Bulls’ U/16 side was more successful, earning their first win of the season with a five-wicket win over the Demons at Smithton Recreation Ground’s bottom oval.
FS batted first and posted 162 in their 40 overs, with opener Isaac Perry (39) and Kaleb O’Halloran (23) top-scoring while Marrawah’s Shaun Blake and Ben Spinks took three wickets apiece.
In the chase, Ryan Nibbs (51 ret) continued his good form with the bat, helped by Spinks (22 ret) and Blake (27 no) who enjoyed strong all-round performances.