CHCA. During round nine of the Circular Head Cricket Association season, Forest Stanley posted a far-reaching target for opponents Trowutta Combine to aim for.
Played in Smithton, the visiting side opened the first innings with the bat as Neville Bellinger (59) and Shane Dennison (37) partnered for a strong start.
Bowled by Anthony Taylor, Dennison was replaced by Matthew Izzo (47 not out) before Kayden Stein (27) replaced Bellinger, bowled by Bailey Grey and caught by Scott Williams.
As the first innings neared 40 overs, Stein and Matthew Smith (25 not out) partnered to bring the Forest Stanley total to 3/226 while Trowutta Combine bowlers Bailey Grey (1/20), Taylor (1/25) and Mitchell Heald (1/33) were responsible for the wickets. Williams and Jake Grey complemented the bowling with a catch each in the field.
As Forest Stanley spread across the field, Stein and David Buchanan applied pressure on the Trowutta Combine batsmen with two wickets each for four and six runs respectively.
Eli Bellinger continued his fine form with two wickets from 19 runs in eight overs, including one maiden, while Brad Hardy and Kade Hardy each bowled two wickets from 11 and 15 runs.
In the field, Buchanan held onto two catches while Izzo, Bellinger and Brad Hardy took one apiece.
With the bat, Jake Grey (11), Lochie Hunt (10) and Darren Ferguson (10 not out) made double digits however could not carry the side to the target and Trowutta Combine fell after 36.2 overs on a total of 83 runs.
In the second match of the round, bottom of the table Marrawah hosted ladder leaders Irishtown in Redpa.
As the home side won the toss and opted to bat, Jono Arnold (34), Jay Saward (23) and Scott Fisher (16) managed double digit figures however were met by the fury of Irishtown bowlers Paul Nicholls, Johnny Swan and Joel Keep.
On top of his game, Nicholls bowled three wickets for 21 runs alongside two wickets for the same total from Swan. Keep conceded 22 runs from two wickets, supported by fellow wicket takers Isaac Perry (1/15) and Josh Else (1/17).
After 37 overs, the home side had earned a total of 115 runs, an achievable target for Irishtown to respond to.
As the action of the second innings began, Irishtown were caught off guard to have two wickets bowled for one run before Shaun Hammond (74) took control of the game.
Marrawah bowlers Fisher (2/30) and Cam Wilson (2/17) worked hard to pressure the Irishtown batsmen however Nicholls (13 not out) and Perry (12) assisted Hammond in achieving and surpassing the target for the visitors to win the game within 15.4 overs.
The third round of the Tall Timbers Twenty20 Cup will be held tonight (Thursday January 25) in Smithton from 5.30pm as Forest Stanley take on Irishtown and Trowutta Combine meet Marrawah.
The next round of the Circular Head Cricket Association 2017-18 season will be played on Saturday February 3 between Forest Stanley and Irishtown in Stanley and Trowutta Combine and Marrawah in Smithton.