Over 50. The Marrawah 50 and Over Cricket Club travelled to Spreyton last Sunday (February 25) to play the Thylacinians, a team made up of players from all parts of Tasmania.
On what was a magnificent day for cricket and on a well presented ground, the Thylacinians batted first and were tentative in their scoring, 2/74 after 20 overs.
With the help of some wayward bowling including 26 balls declared wide or no balls, five dropped catches and free scoring by their number three and four batsmen, the Thylacinians lifted their run rate to close at 8/177.
For Marrawah, Rob Turner was impressive in the field and with the ball taking 1/12 from six overs, two catches and throwing down the stumps for two run outs however only one was given out due to an honest batsman. The opposition umpire was lucky to survive the turned down appeal.
Although remaining wicketless, Ron Nicholls was tight with the ball with 17 conceded runs from six overs and also claimed a rapturous run out with a direct hit from the outfield.
In an unfortunate incident Brett McMullen hobbled off the field after pulling a calf muscle in his first over and was unable to take any further part in the game, leaving a significant dent in the batting line up and depleting the clubhouse ice supplies.
Marrawah started their innings realising that boundaries would be hard to hit on the large ground and the run chase would be a challenge. It looked like at least three batsmen would have to score 40 on the day to ensure a win.
Unfortunately, in a lacklustre performance, Dallas Burke was the highest scoring batsman retiring at 41 with good support from Bevan Anderson (27) and Paul Saward (20).
Despite this, the required run rate was never really challenged. The opposition bowling was consistently good throughout with only 10 wides and no balls, and the Thylacinians ran out comfortable winners as Marrawah fell 27 runs short.
In another superb day for cricket, the Ulverstone based Rovers travelled to Marrawah on Sunday.
Losing the Mayor’s Cup to the Rovers earlier in the season and missing four top-flight players, the task would not be easy for the home side. However with the Rovers also missing players and with the home ground advantage, there appeared to be a real air of confidence as Marrawah took to the field.
In typical fashion, tight bowling restricted the opposition run rate and another five dropped catches created some serious on-field banter.
At the halfway mark, the Rovers were 2/46 and a low run chase was looking likely.
With some steady batting from their number three and five batsmen however, they reached 4/150 after 40 overs.
Best bowlers for Marrawah were Guy Grey with 1/13 from six overs, Dallas Burke 1/14 from six – however his performance was soured by two dropped catches – and the evergreen but sometimes reluctant Ross Arnold with 2/27.
After three dropped catches a couple of weeks ago and a week off to think long and hard about his future, Drew Grey returned to the side and managed to hang on to one sitter and another catch that he expertly made look much harder than it should have been.
Dallas Burke and Neil Leighton opened the innings for Marrawah and appeared to be in a hurry as they plundered a quality bowling attack.
For those who were lucky enough to be at the ground on Sunday, they witnessed a one in 100 year event, as Leighton pummelled six boundaries to reach and retire at 40 not out in the ninth over.
Burke was in awe and continued on steadily to make 33 before being stumped in the 17th over.
By this time, scoring at six runs an over and barring a collapse, the groundwork had been done and victory seemed inevitable.
Guy ‘Mr Reliable’ Grey performed again this week retiring at 37 while Haydn ‘Swashbuckler’ Nicholls finished the job with a calculated and hard-hitting 30 not out in limited balls.
The total was achieved in 21 overs and with this form Marrawah should be in the right headspace for this Sunday’s game at Redpa against the strong southern Richmond team.