Full swing: Devonport’s Andrew Boon hits over wicketkeeper Sam Perko in yesterday’s North-West Tasmania Cricket Association round. Picture: Peter LordBellinger took career best figures of 7-45 in a massive 25-over spell to rout Latrobe for 206 at Latrobe.
Despite this effort, Burnie- Yeoman is in all sorts of trouble at 4-22 at stumps on day one.
The day started well for Latrobe, winning the toss and batting on a wicket that looked to have lots of runs in it, but Bellinger’s seven- wicket haul saw the home side’s day turn sour.
Set only 207 for first innings points, Burnie-Yeoman’s top order fell victim to seven overs of fire and brimstone from James Wescombe.
Wescombe has struggled to recover from an injury sustained just before Christmas, but sent down seven overs about 15 yards faster than he has bowled all season.
The Emus crumbled and at stumps were 22 for the loss of four wickets, including the vital wicket of premiership captain Jeremy Leatherbarrow.
After the lofty heights of 396 in a day a fortnight ago, Devonport fell victim to a poorly prepared ground and was restricted to 213 at the Devonport Oval against Ulverstone.
Using a slasher instead of a gang mower has left the outfield slow, riddled with clumps of cut grass and too long for decent cricket, costing players valuable runs and also the Devonport Cricket Club a chance of hosting a semi-final in a fortnight.
The score of 213 only featured four boundaries, including two from captain Tony Underwood, which made the match seem as though it was played on a much bigger ground.
Devonport won the toss and batted and,after a series of starts, but no big scores, was bowled out 15 minutes before stumps.
The run rate of 2.27 was a true indicator of how difficult it was to score quick runs despite the pitch being in perfect condition.
Ulverstone would take some heart from restricting the Orions to only 213, but lost opener Sam Perko to a gem from Darren Lakeland on the last ball of the day to be 1-16 at stumps.
In good news for Devonport’s finals campaign, champion all- rounder Sean Gower returned from injury to claim 6-14 in Devonport’s second-grade clash against Ulverstone.
In a mirror image of the other two matches, Sheffield’s batsmen made starts but failed to capitalise as the Mountaineers were restricted to 162 at home against Wynyard.
Four players passed 20 runs but none reached 30, as the Mountaineers struggled to deal with the Wynyard pace attack.
In what is becoming a habit, Phil Williams got amongst the wickets in the final roster match, bagging 4-22.
Wynyard’s reply to the modest total was cruising at 1-75 before Brenton Gale turned the innings with 3-26 in another decent performance.
Gale’s scalps included the big wickets of Nick Granger and Brendon Keeling as the Blues lost 4-23 just before the close of play to be 5-124 at stumps.
STARS WITH BAT AND BALL
BATTING: Steve Adkins (Latrobe) 48, Nick Granger (Wynyard) 41.
BOWLING: Kade Bellinger (Burnie- Yeoman) 25-13-45-7, Phil Williams (Wynyard) 8-3-22-4, Luke Richardson (Ulverstone) 20.5-7-31-4.
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