Twenty20 thrillers

Marrawah and TC Blues A Grade players, David Blake, Aaron Tuxworth, Lockie Oates and Brent Burgess battle it out in the middle during the Tall Timbers Tasmania Twenty20 opener at Irishtown on Saturday. Photo courtesy of Garth Smith.

CHCA. Circular Head Cricket Association started the Tall Timbers Tasmania Twenty20 Cup with a bang on Saturday, with Marrawah, Irishtown and Forest-Stanley kicking off their campaigns with victories.

Marrawah held on for a two-wicket victory over Trowutta-Combine at Irishtown, whilst Irishtown had a cruisy seven-wicket win and in the final game of the day Forest-Stanley overcame TC Blues in the closest result by just one wicket.

In the day’s first game, TC batsman Brent Burgess top scored for his side with 29 in the team’s total of 7/100, while Aaron Tuxworth also made a handy 23 at the top of the order to set the platform for the innings. Bulls bowler Jacob Willie bowled extremely well to finish his four overs with figures of 2/9 including a staggering two maidens. To add to Willie’s excellent spell of bowling, he also contributed with the bat to finish with 23 not out and guide his side to a two-wicket victory.

Marrawah coach Bhodi Johnston said he was happy with the performance “given it was the first game of the season”.

“We got away with a win at the end of the day, so you’ve got to be pleased with that!”

In game two of the Saturday competition, the Demons batted first and after losing early wickets, fought to a total of 101; not enough runs in a T20 competition according to coach Jimmy Martin.

Commending his side’s “team effort” Martin said they suffered due to “poor shot selections in crucial parts of the innings”.

Solid contributions in the middle order from wicketkeeper Grant Samperi and Mitchell Bellinger who added 28 and 23 respectively.

Irishtown coach Ben Revell bowled well to finish his four overs with 2/13, with support from opening bowler Sean Ryan who bowled three overs for just 1/3.

Both Revell and Ryan again tormented Forest-Stanley with the bat; Ryan compiling 63 not out and Revell finishing the innings with 22 not out in a comfortable seven-wicket victory.

The final game of the day saw TC and Forest-Stanley play their second games. Batting first, TC finished their 20 overs with a total of 7/127.

Forest-Stanley opening bowler Marty Hardy was the pick of the bowlers with 4/13 off his four overs. In reply with the bat, Forest-Stanley started well before losing quick wickets through the middle of the innings. Just like in their first game, Samperi stepped up to guide his team to victory with a well compiled 33 not out, which sealed a one-wicket victory with just 10 balls to spare.

TC coach Scott Blizzard said he was pleased with his side’s efforts despite the losses: “Even though we didn’t win a game we batted out our 20 overs, and I was really happy with our younger boys in their first game – especially young Isaac Perry.”

Revell said he was particularly pleased that “everyone stepped up and contributed” following a few late withdrawals from the team. “Hoping to have our full side in for this week and to just enjoy the games,” he added.

Looking forward to round two of the Twenty20 competition, Marrawah face off with Irishtown, Irishtown then take on TC and in the final match Forest-Stanley will play Marrawah at Redpa.

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