Three centuries and plenty of action kicked off a fantastic day one of the final round of the 2017/18 Cricket Tasmania Premier League season.
Bowling first at KGV, the Demons First Grade side had Glenorchy on the ropes early, as Ben Fraser and Alex Pyecroft trapped both Glenorchy openers without registering a score. Regular wickets continued to fall, and at 7/43, Glenorchy looked in major trouble. Some strong heart from Nathan Matthews (44) and Simon Stebbings (15) saw the Pies make their way to all out for 96 (52.3). Alex Pyecroft (3/21), Corey Murfet (2/12) and Benjamin Fraser (2/13) were the pick of the bowlers for the Demons.
In reply, North Hobart showed their intentions early, with Jordan Silk (44) and Jack White (33) quickly racing to a strong start. From their, the Demons looked to put their foot down in seek of a strong lead. Finishing the day at 9/174 (41), North Hobart will go into day two next week with a lead of 78 runs.
At Ferguson Park, Second Grade lost the toss and were made to bowl first. Nicholas Varney 5/11 (5.2) made light work of the Glenorchy line up, as the Demons rolled the Pies for 32 (11.2).
Despite loosing Elliot Batchelor (0) early with the bat, Ryan Graham-Daft and Tim Kendrew guided the Demons to 1/135 (23), with Daft brining up his century off just 85 deliveries, and Kendrew finishing not out on 34*, Demon Skipper Lloyd Batchelor Declared with a lead of 103 runs.
In their second innings, Glenorchy started promising, however, Nicholas Varney once again made the early breakthrough, as Glenorchy finished the day at 3/84 (26.4). Varney finishing the day with seven sensational wickets, and was well assisted by some tight bowling from Riley May (1/24).
The Third Grade clash between North Hobart and Glenorchy had it all. Having won the toss, North Hobart Captain Michael Bellamy put all of his faith in his bowling line up, a decision that proved successful. James Ball 2/10 (6) did the damage for the Demons early, and was well backed up by some superb figures from Benjamin Taylor 4/14 (8) as Glenorchy were all out for 43 (26.3).
With the bat, the Demons lost openers George Halliday (6) and Benjamin Taylor (29), however, this brought Harry Thomas and Samuel Gowans together, as they powered to a 197 run partnership, with 21 boundaries and four maximums between them. Thomas (109) and Gowans (113) both recorded their first Grade centuries as they guided the Demons to 4/274 (48). With both Thomas and Gowans falling late in the afternoon, William Collins (6) and Michael Bellamy (5) will resume at the crease next Saturday morning.