This weekend saw the re-commencement of two day matches for the Cricket Tasmania Premier League first, second and third grade sides, as well as in the under 17 competition.
On day one of our First Grade’s clash with South Hobart Sandy Bay, North Hobart Skipper Alex Pyecroft won the toss and elected to bat on what looked to be a very good Queenborough Oval wicket. Opening the batting for North Hobart, Caleb Jewell and Jake Doran continued their strong form, putting on 108 for the first wicket partnership. Doran (46) was dismissed on the second ball after lunch, and with Scott Borthwick falling for 0 (4) soon after, Jack White and Caleb Jewell then came together as the pair put on 94 between them. Jewell was clinical in his innings, registering his second First Grade hundred in two weeks. Jewell fell for 111 (199) to Wills Thompson. White continued his innings, batting with patience before falling to the bowling of Gabe Bell for 71 (157). Skipper Alex Pyecroft (25) and Coach Robb Macmillan (21) rounded off the innings as North Hobart made their way to all out for 316 (95.3). Play will resume next Saturday. With the inclusion of Cameron Boyce (if the Hurricanes are to loose their Semi Final), early wickets will be the key.
In round 12 of the Premier League Women’s competition, North Hobart batted first at Queenborough Oval. Leading the way for the Demons, Taylah Purton 46 (40) and Belinda Page 55 (30) were grand in their innings’ to help North Hobart to 5/166 (20). Despite missing opening Bowler Grace Pullen, Skipper Hannah Short filled the void, taking 1/20 (4). Despite an in form Lindsay DaCosta, Kirstin Palfrey played a prolific role in minimising damage, taking 2/33 (4). Young gun Ella Marsh 2/32 (4) took the crucial wicket of DaCosta as North Hobart restricted South Hobart Sandy Bay to 8/133 (20) to win the match.
Fresh off their second win of the season last weekend, our Second Grade side lost the toss and bowled first at Soldiers Memorial Oval. In a grand bowling effort, remarkable figures from Nicholas Varney 3/8 (10), Elliot Batchelor 2/11 (3.1) and Harry Thomas 2/20 (7) led to North Hobart bowling out South Hobart Sandy Bay for 71 in 33.1 overs. With a result looking likely on day one, on Second Grade debut, Samuel Gowans 49 (102) was impressive in the run chase, and was well assisted by Lloyd Batchelor 22 (34) and Samuel Lewis-Johnson 36 (80). As North Hobart passed South Hobart Sandy Bay’s total, the run rate increased and Isaac Manson went to work, smashing 56 (32) including 3 fours and 6 sixes. Skipper Batchelor pulled in his troops at 7/203 (48) with a lead of 122. With ten overs to bowl at South Hobart Sandy Bay in their second innings, early wickets would be the key. The in form Nicholas Varney swung the new red Kookaburra early and South Hobart Sandy Bay slumped to 2/26 (10) at stumps, Varney finishing with 2/17 (5). With an outright result looking likely, the North Hobart boys will be working overtime on the training track this week.
In our Third Grade clash today, South Hobart Sandy Bay won the toss and elected to bat in 36 degree heat at Queenborough Oval. The wicket was flat, but the North Hobart bowling attack stayed patient with Brennan Azzopardi, 4/34 (13) and leg spinner Joseph Woolley, 3/35 (11.4) leading the way for the Demons. In 59.4 overs South Hobart Sandy Bay were bowled out for 194 (59.4). Opening the batting for North Hobart, John Tulk (9*) and Ned Worledge (13*) finished 0/23 (13), leaving 171 runs to get for Victory next Sunday.
In our under 17s Premier League clash against South Hobart Sandy Bay, North Hobart Skipper Samuel Lewis-Johnson won the toss and elected to bat at Ferguson Park. This decision proved a somewhat masterstroke, as the in form Samuel Gowans smashed his maiden Premier League century opening the batting. William Collins (113*) and Gowans (103) smashed balls to all part of the ground, with North Hobart finishing 9/270 (75).